Department of Social Services Prepares Missourians for Gradual Return of Regular SNAP / Food Stamp Program
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Beginning in late summer, the Department of Human Services (DSS) will be taking incremental steps to facilitate Missouri’s return to the regular operation of the SNAP / Food Stamp program. DSS will send letters in July to inform SNAP recipients of upcoming important dates of SNAP changes to gradually move the state towards resuming the regular program.
Since March 2020, Missourians have received monthly Pandemic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (P-SNAP) benefits that maximized the SNAP amount based on household size. Missourians are also getting a temporary SNAP benefit increase of 15% until September. August will be the last month for P-SNAP benefits to maximize benefits based on household size. September will be the last month Missourians will get 15% temporary increase in SNAP. Regular SNAP benefits will resume on October 1, which means households in Missouri will begin receiving the amount of regular SNAP benefits their household is eligible for.
During most of the pandemic, Missouri has temporarily suspended recertification interviews, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires SNAP participants to recertify every 12 to 24 months depending on their SNAP qualification. On August 1, Missouri will resume SNAP recertification interviews.
“It is very important that SNAP beneficiaries are aware of and prepare for the upcoming actions that the Department of Social Services will take to help ease Missourians’ transition to regular SNAP,” said Jennifer Tidball, Acting Director, Department of Social Services. “I hope that sharing this information well in advance of actions will give Missourians time to consider, plan and budget for the future change in their benefit amount and to know what is needed to complete the process. recertification. “
Missouri residents can apply for SNAP benefits online 24/7 by visiting MyDSS.mo.gov, or by sending completed applications and verification documents by email to [email protected], or by fax to 573-526-9400.
the Missouri Services Navigator contains information on more than 2,800 programs and services available in the state. Missourians needing information on SNAP, Medicaid, Child Care Subsidy, LIHEAP or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefit programs can visit dss.mo.gov. Missourians who have questions not specific to an individual’s case can use the DSS Virtual Assistant for immediate answers to basic questions 24 hours a day. Telephone support is also available Monday through Friday, 6 am to 6 pm, call 855-FSD-INFO or 855-373-4636.
Level up and Missouri Work Aid (MWA) are free programs available to all SNAP and TA recipients that help low-income Missourians plan their careers, overcome work challenges, and find and keep employment.