Families can apply for state pandemic benefits


Missouri families who have children who qualified for free or reduced price meals can once more apply for Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits to help cover food costs they experienced while their student was not doing in-seat learning due to the pandemic. However, the P-EBT 2020-2021 program is very different from last year’s program. Here are highlights of those changes:

"We heard from Missouri families how last year’s P-EBT benefit helped with the extra household food costs and I am very pleased Missouri can once more make the benefit available," said Jennifer Tidball, acting director of the Missouri Department of Social Services. "A special thank you to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and school districts around the state for their tremendous support that makes the P-EBT benefit program possible."

It is important to note, families who receive SNAP with an eligible child under age six will automatically get a P-EBT benefit for that child added to the household’s existing EBT card. Families do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits for children under age six.

Visit dss.mo.gov for more information about P-EBT. Missourians can email the completed P-EBT application (aplicación en Español) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or mail it to:

Family Support Division
615 E. 13th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106

The Missouri Services Navigator has information on over 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 dss.mo.gov. 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.

SkillUp and Missouri Work Assistance (MWA) are free programs available to all SNAP and TA recipients that help low-income Missourians with career planning, overcoming challenges to work, as well as getting and keeping a job.

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