Missouri extends food stamp benefits in response to virus

Missouri families receiving Supplemental Nutrition for  benefits will be automatically extended for six months to ensure they have access to benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Missouri Department of Social Services announced.

The department also announced recipients will receive the maximum benefits for their household size in April.

“No Missourian will have their Food Stamp benefits end for the present time, and they do not need to take any actions to ensure their benefits will continue,” Gov. Mike Parson said in a press release.

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch in Missouri schools that have closed will receive an electronic benefit transfer card for the value of the missed school meals.

The aid will be automatically applied to the recipient’s card. It’s expected to impact more than half of Missouri public school students, according to department of social services.

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