How To Apply For Food Stamps In Missouri

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded program that offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. The program is run by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). If you live in this state and need to apply for a Missouri EBT Card, then the information below shows you how to apply for food stamps in Missouri. If you have additional questions or concerns about the Missouri SNAP program or the EBT application process, please contact the Missouri Department of Social Services for assistance.

Who is eligible for Missouri food stamps?

  • The applicant must be a Missouri resident.
  • To be considered low-income, the members of the applicant's household cannot own resources valued at more than $2,500 at application, excluding the primary home, vehicles, burial plots, life insurance, prepaid burials, non-income producing real and personal property, Indian and Alaskan Native payments, savings & pension plans, and resources they do not have access to.  There are times that governmental payments, contracts and notes will also be excluded.  If everyone in the household is age 60 or over, or disabled, the resource limit is $3,250.
  • A household member convicted after August 22, 1996 in a Federal or State court of a felony or any crime related to illegal possession, use, or distribution of a controlled substance may be eligible for Food Stamp benefits for themselves if certain exemptions apply.
  • A household member who is a fleeing felon and is in violation of a condition of probation or parole imposed under a Federal or State Law will not receive Food Stamp benefits for themselves.
  • The applicant must either have or agree to apply for Social Security numbers for all household members or that household member will not receive Food Stamp benefits for themselves.

How are Food Stamp benefits calculated?
The Food Stamp benefit amount is determined by a few factors, including the size of your household and your household's income.

Maximum Allowable Household Monthly Income Limits and Maximum Monthly Food Stamp Benefits

*A household is the number of related and unrelated people that usually prepare and share food together in the same house.

**Applicants must meet Federal Regulations regarding gross and net income limits for all household members.

Number of Household Members* Maximum Amount of Gross Income for All Household Members** Maximum Food Stamp Benefits
1 $1,276 $194
2 $1,726 $357
3 $2,177 $511
4 $2,628 $649
5 $3,078 $771
6 $3,529 $925
7 $3,980 $1,022
8 $4,430 $1,169
9 $4,881 $1,315
10 $5,332 $1,461
11 $5,783 $1,607
12 $5,234 $1,753
13 $6,685 $1,899
14 $7,136 $2,045
15 $7,587 $2,191
16 $8,038 $2,337
17 $8,489 $2,483
18 $8,940 $2,629
19 $9,391 $2,775
20 $9,842 $2,921
For Each Additional Member Add +$451 +$146

How do I apply?
Anyone may apply for Food Stamp benefits. The Family Support Division is required to verify certain information when processing Food Stamp applications. If you can provide this information with your application, FSD may be able to make a decision about your application quicker. If you don't have this information, FSD can help you get it. You may also review helpful information for completing your Food Stamp application. To access the Food Stamp application:

English - Application For Food Stamp Benefits Form
Español - Solicitud De Beneficios Para El Programa Estampillas Por Alimentos Forma

After the Family Support Division receives your application, you will be contacted for an interview. Once the interview is complete, the Family Support Division will determine if you are eligible for Food Stamp benefits. If you are eligible, Food Stamp benefits will be loaded to your Missouri Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card automatically each month as long as you qualify to receive Food Stamp benefits.

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