The Missouri Department of Social Services has announced that Missouri has received another waiver from the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service and will be allowed to continue maximum Pandemic Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or P-SNAP, benefits for a household’s size. It means that benefits will be automatically loaded onto the Electronic Benefit Transfer card of the benefit recipient. It’s the ninth straight month that the state has received the waiver and will allow Electronic Benefit Transfer.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, enables Missouri to maximize the Food Stamp/ SNAP benefit amount for each household’s size during a state of emergency, which is currently set to end in December. Missourians need to be aware normal benefit amounts will resume once the state of emergency is over. It is essential for any household that has experienced a change in income or the number of people living in the home contact the Family Support Division to update that information. Just over 362,000 households or 752,731 Missourians received Food Stamp/SNAP benefits in the month of September.
The Missouri Services Navigator has information on over 2,800 programs and services available in the state. Missourians in need of information on Food Stamp, Medicaid, Child Care Subsidy, LIHEAP, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefit programs can visit dss.mo.gov. Missourians can also apply for those services 24/7 online by visiting MyDSS.mo.gov, or sending completed applications and verification documents by email to [email protected], or by fax to 573-526-9400.
Missourians who have questions not specific to an individual’s case can use the DSS Virtual Assistant to get immediate answers to basic questions 24 hours a day. Phone assistance is also available, call 855-FSD-INFO or 855-373-4636 Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.