Nutrition Program Bulletin – Week of July 13, 2020

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Nutrition Program Bulletin – Week of July 13, 2020

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All Nutrition Programs

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Updates

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) announced updates to the P-EBT program.

  • The deadline to apply for P-EBT benefits has been extended to July 31, 2020.
  • The P-EBT program was expanded to include children in prekindergarten (pre-K).
    • The pre-K student must have been enrolled in a district pre-K program that was receiving free/reduced-price school meals prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Families must complete a new application for pre-K children if they did not list them on their initial application or did not receive benefits for these children with SNAP or MFIP. Note: Head Start participants do not qualify for P-EBT.
  • Minnesota extended P-EBT through the summer to provide an additional, one-time benefit of $100 per child. Summer P-EBT benefits will be issued in August.
    • Families with children ages 3-18 who were on SNAP or MFIP from March 18, 2020, through July 31, 2020, will automatically receive this benefit on their current EBT card.
    • Families who apply and qualify for the $325 per child P-EBT benefits will automatically receive this benefit on their P-EBT card.

Participants with questions should call the P-EBT Hotline at 651-431-4050 or 800-657-3698. Additional information is available on the DHS website. If you or your staff have questions, please email them to The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is unable to answer any questions about P-EBT.

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School Nutrition Programs

School Nutrition “Back to School” with COVID-19 Webinars

Join us for a webinar series designed to get you thinking about what your food service operation will look like as you go back to school with COVID. The series will be offered on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. from July 7 through August 4, 2020. Read the session descriptions and select the links below to register for the webinars.

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Opportunities from Our Partners

Child Nutrition Virtual Summit

The National Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Sponsor’s Association (NCA) will host a Child Nutrition Virtual Summit August 11-12 and August 18-19. The Virtual Summit will feature 20 child nutrition and food program workshops. If you can't attend the live session, you can log in any time throughout the month of August after the initial presentation to learn from the webinar presenters and earn a certificate of attendance for each session. This is an excellent value for training CACFP staff. Read about all the sessions and register on the NCA website.

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