Jefferson City, MO

Department of Social Services prepares Missourians for regular SNAP

Steve Chao

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Department of Social Services will take gradual steps to ease Missouri’s return to the regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

The department will notify SNAP recipients of the future dates of SNAP changes before the program begins.

Since March 2020, Missourians have received Pandemic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (P-SNAP) benefits that maximized the SNAP based on the household. They also get a temporary 15 percent SNAP benefits increase through September.

August will be the last month to maximalize the P-SNAP benefits according to household size, and September will be the last time the Missourians get the temporary 15 percent SNAP increase.

Then, starting from October 1, they will get the regular SNAP benefit that their household is eligible to receive.

During the pandemic, Missouri temporarily suspended recertification interviews. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) required the SNAP participants to recertify every 12 to 24 months. As they get the pandemic under control, they will resume the SNAP recertification interviews starting August 1.

“It is very important for SNAP recipients to be aware and prepare for the upcoming actions the Department of Social Services will take to help ease Missourians’ transition back to regular SNAP,” said Jennifer Tidball, Acting Director, Department of Social Services.

She also hoped that the information will give Missourians time to consider, plan, and budget for the future change in their benefit amount and to know what is required to successfully complete the recertification process.

Missourians can apply for SNAP online by visiting MyDSS.mo.gov or sending completed applications and verification documents by email to FSD.Documents@dss.mo.gov or by fax to 573-526-9400.

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