More than 400,000 Minnesotan kids to get additional food support

More than 400,000 children across the state will receive additional food support as the cost of groceries climbs.

Federal funding up to over $180 million will be going to the families of 320,000 schoolchildren and 90,000 children age 5 and under.

Most eligible families do not need to apply for the Summer Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, or Summer P-EBT, and will receive benefits automatically.

In late July, DHS will load $435 onto P-EBT cards for each schoolchild that was approved for free or reduced-price meals and enrolled in the last month of the recently completed 2021-22 school year.

In early August, DHS will issue $218 on family EBT cards for each child 5 or younger, if they are enrolled in SNAP, MFIP, TTANF, and in childcare.

Another payment for children in this age group will be issued in October.

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