Each participating household receives an allotment of food benefits based on the United State Department of Agriculture's (USDA) "Thrifty Food Plan." This allotment is adjusted annually according to the U. S. Department of Labor's analysis of the cost of food. Missouri Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) is the method by which households receive and use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Households may use their Missouri EBT card in any grocery store or retail location anywhere in the United States that has been authorized by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and displays the Quest® sign. The benefits may be used to purchase any food or food products prepared for human consumption except alcoholic beverages and tobacco, hot foods, or foods prepared for immediate consumption. Benefits may also be used to buy seeds and plants for use in gardens to produce food for the personal consumption of the household. Under certain conditions, members of the eligible households who are 60 years of age or older may use the benefits to pay for home delivered meals and other meals prepared for elderly persons. While Benefits.gov provides a high-level capability to pre-screen for SNAP benefits in Missouri, you can learn more about how much you may be eligible to receive by using a pre-screening tool for SNAP published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, Food and Nutrition Service.
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Missouri and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,251 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself).
In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
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For application information go to the myDSS Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program page.
Anyone may apply for SNAP in Missouri. To apply, complete the SNAP application form and return it to your local Family Support Division (FSD) office. An application is available on our website at the Application for Food Stamp benefits page.
Instructions for completing this form are also available on our website at the Applying for Food Stamp Benefits page.
You can return the application in person, by mail or by fax. View address information for FSD county offices at the Offices and Contact Information page.