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Missouri Suspends SNAP Recertification Through June 2021

Recertification for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has been suspended in Missouri through June 2021.

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

Families will not need to contact the Family Support Division for an interview.

Missouri announced the suspension in December, which only applies to current SNAP participants.

Households submitting initial applications must still complete an interview.

The Family Support Division received approval from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

FNS typically requires SNAP participants to do an interview upon application and at recertification every 12 to 24 months, depending on how they qualify.

SNAP households should be aware that a household with an income above the maximum limit or able-bodied adult without a dependent with changes in their circumstances should report that to FSD.

In March, the state received approval to wave recertification for six months.

With a greater number of Missourians now relying on SNAP benefits, Jennifer Tidball, Acting Director of the Department of Social Services, said that a temporary halt on interviews will help move along the process for participants and staff.

“It is important for Missourians to understand an interview is still required when they first apply for SNAP and that they must provide any requested information and complete and submit the recertification form they receive from the Family Support Division to ensure continuous SNAP benefits,” Tidball said in a press release.

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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