Minnesota’s income assistance programs help individuals and families with low income move to financial stability. Families may qualify for multiple programs including food, cash programs, child care, health care and other basic needs. Each program has eligibility requirements and all program participants’ situations are different.
If you or someone you know need financial help, you can call one of our office locations during normal business hours and discuss your situation with a worker, or you can apply one of these ways:
The fraud investigation unit, investigates allegations or intentional withholding, concealing or misrepresenting information which affects financial grant eligibility or amount of payments. If fraud is being suspected, call the Faribault County Sheriff’s office and speak with the Fraud Investigator at 507-526-5148 or call the Fraud Hotline: 1-800-627-9977.
What is Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)?
P-EBT is a temporay food benefit available for Minnesota families with children who would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were open. During the 2019-2020 school year and the following summer, eligible families received up to $425 per child to help feed their children while many schools and sumnmer meal prgrams were closed. Congress has authorized the P-EBT program for the 2020-2021 school year.
How can I prepare for 2020-2021 P-EBT?
There will not be an application processs for 2020-2021 P-EBT benefits; eligible families will be issued benefits automatically. To receive your benefits, your child must be enrolled in SNAP, the Minnesota Family Investment Program, or free or reduced-price school meals. Benefit amounts will be based on the time periods in which your child attended school through distance or hybrid-learning model. Your family's elgibility for the 2020-2021 P-EBT program may be different from your eligibility for the 2019-2020 P-EBT program. While we wait for USDA approval, there are steps you can take to ensure that the P-EBT process is as smooth as possible for your family.