To meet the nutritional needs of low-income Missourians during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Social Services Family Support Division has announced an extension of the Food Stamp/SNAP certification period by six months for recertifications coming due in March, April and May. This ensures that benefits will not end during the COVID-19 pandemic. DSS is also currently waiving all work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents through the end of the federal emergency declaration.

As part of the Families First Act, the state will issue Pandemic Food Stamp/SNAP benefits. This means that all households currently eligible for SNAP will receive the maximum amount per household size. This P-SNAP benefit increase will automatically be added on the normal dates the recipient receives their SNAP benefit for the month of April.

In addition to P-SNAP, families with children who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch in all Missouri school districts that close at least five consecutive days will get a Pandemic EBT card benefit for March, April and May. This benefit will automatically be added to the Food Stamp/SNAP recipient’s EBT card.

Any low-income individual or family who is now in need of food stamps or other benefits can apply for services online by going to MyDSS.mo.gov, or apply over the phone at (855) 373-4636.

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