Around 350,000 Minnesota school children qualify for the federal free and reduced-price meal program–which provides access to healthy food. Now, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and its partners have launched the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer or P-EBT benefit. Nikki Farrago with DHS says it’s essential that…

“As many people across Minnesota, here, specifically for school children, that those individuals are getting as much access as possible to healthy, nutritious food during this time.”

The Federal Family First Coronavirus Response Act allows children eligible for the meal program to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits retroactive to March through the first week in June. For more information, you can visit the DHS website.