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You may qualify for food benefits; apply by Feb. 28 for assistance retroactive to Sept.

If your family qualifies for free or reduced-price meals, you may be eligible for financial assistance (Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer, or P-EBT) to purchase food. To be considered, you must apply for free or reduced-price meals for the 2020-21 school year or be approved for Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

Families who received P-EBT benefits last summer are not automatically eligible; eligibility is based on the current school year application. Applications received by Feb. 28, 2021 will be eligible for retroactive benefits to September 2020. To ensure you qualify for the most benefits, submit your application ASAP. Apply here (look for “Meal Assistance” tab). If you need assistance completing the application for Free and Reduced meals, call or email Julie Moberg 763-391-7129 or MobergJ@district279.org. If you have an approved application this school year, there is no need to reapply. P-EBT Questions? Email PEBT.mde@state.mn.us