In addition to keeping people away from work, Covid-19 has kept children away from school for months. This has been particularly difficult for families with children who were receiving free and reduced-price meals every day through the National School Lunch Program. In response, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act authorized the implementation of Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), a federal initiative providing eligible families with a replacement food benefit to pay for groceries. This new, temporary program provides a monetary benefit that is intended to help supplement food costs due the closure of schools. If your child was receiving free or reduced price lunch during the 2019-2020 school year and you have not already applied, please do so by visiting www.mn.p-ebt.org before July 31, 2020. If you have questions regarding your case or benefit dispersement, please call the P-EBT Hotline at (651) 431-4050 or toll free at (800) 657-3698.