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Additional food opportunities available through federal pandemic EBT program

Monday, March 1, 2021 – BCCS families who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals are eligible for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT). This is a temporary food benefit available to Minnesota families with children who would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were open. 

If you are already receiving SNAP, MFIP or Tribal TANF, you do not need to apply. If you have previously applied and been approved, there is no need to reapply again this school year. If you have already applied for Educational Benefits this school year, please disregard this message.

If your family income has been affected by the pandemic and you have not completed an Application for Education Benefits (free or reduced-price meal application) for this school year, please click here to complete and submit your application. If you have any questions about the application, please contact Cheryl Bryon at 763-450-3386 x1401 or cbyron@bccs286.org

Students who spent the majority of the month in distance learning will receive $130 in P-EBT benefits for that month. Students who spent the majority of the month in hybrid learning will receive $75 in P-EBT benefits for that month. Benefits will be provided to any family who qualifies for free and reduced-price meals this school year. These additional benefits will be retroactive to September 2020. We urge families to apply right away. 

The Minnesota Department of Human Services expects to begin issuing P-EBT benefits in late March 2021. One new P-EBT card per child will be mailed to the address on file with the school district. Please notify us if your address has changed. Cards will be labeled with the child’s name and P-EBT case number. After the initial benefits are issued in late March, additional benefits will be issued monthly on the same card for the remainder of the school year.

If you have any questions, please review the FAQ about the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer website