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SNAP food benefits are on the way, with extra pandemic aid

JEFFERSON CITY – Missourians who get SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) food benefits are getting extra help during the pandemic, and now some will get a few more dollars per household.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approves the extra food benefits for each month, and Missouri didn’t get the official OK until a few days ago. But every household will get its benefits, according to this schedule:

  • Missourians who get SNAP benefits on or before the 14th of each month will get the April P-SNAP benefit on April 14.
  • Missourians who get SNAP benefits after the 14th of each month will get the April P-SNAP benefit on their normal benefit payment date.

Also, beginning this month, every Missouri SNAP household will get at least $95 in P-SNAP benefits.  Previously, households that normally received the maximum SNAP benefit amount didn’t get additional P-SNAP benefits.  Now, households at or near the maximum SNAP benefit amount will get the extra $95 P-SNAP benefit. Missouri households that receive a P-SNAP benefit of $95 or more will see no change.

“We are pleased P-SNAP continues to provide eligible Missouri citizens with additional funds for food purchases,” said Jennifer Tidball, Acting Director, Department of Social Services. “The change to the P-SNAP program to ensure every Missourian receives a minimum P-SNAP benefit of $95 will be welcomed news for those who had received a smaller or no P-SNAP benefit previously.”

Maximum Monthly SNAP Benefit
Through September 30, 2021
Household SizeMaximum Benefit
Add $176 for each additional person

Missourians can apply for SNAP benefits 24/7 online by visiting, or sending completed applications and verification documents by email to, or by fax to 573-526-9400.  

The Missouri Services Navigator has information on more than 2,800 programs and services available in the state.  Missourians in need of information on SNAP, Medicaid, Child Care Subsidy, LIHEAP, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefit programs can visit Missourians who have questions not specific to an individual’s case can use the DSS Virtual Assistant to get immediate answers to basic questions 24 hours a day. Phone assistance is also available Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. call 855-FSD-INFO or 855-373-4636.

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