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Missouri’s P-SNAP Benefits Extended Through January

Missouri’s Pandemic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (P-SNAP) has been extended through January.

The Department of Social Services made the announcement in late December after receiving approval from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Under P-SNAP, households that qualify for SNAP or food stamp benefits automatically receive the maximum benefit amount for their household size. 

In November, the average monthly snap benefit per person was $183.27. It was $122.10 in 2019.

DSS has requested a waiver to maximize food stamp benefits each month since May 2020.

“It is good to have P-SNAP available for Missouri SNAP households to spend on nutritious food to get off to a healthy start in the new year,” said Jennifer Tidball, Acting Director, Department of Social Services. “I also want to remind Missourians that they can now use their EBT card to purchase groceries online to help them remain safe during COVID-19 and during winter weather.”

Missouri has made other adjustments to SNAP due to the pandemic.

Recertification has been suspended through June.

Missourians who received SNAP benefits only need to complete and submit the recertification form and provide any requested information.

This only applies to current SNAP participants.

Households that are submitting initial applications must still complete an interview.

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) typically requires SNAP participants to do an interview upon application and at recertification, which is every 12 to 24 months.

The Department of Social Services is committed to the “Show Me Strong” Recovery Plan and serving the needs of Missouri citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. SkillUp and Missouri Work Assistance (MWA) are free programs available to all Food Stamp/SNAP and TA recipients that help low-income Missourians with career planning, overcoming challenges to work, as well as getting and keeping a job.   Information regarding the department’s response to the pandemic is available online https://dss.mo.gov/covid-19.

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