Regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will increase in October, Ozark Radio News

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – From October 1, 2021, the regular benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Food Stamp will be increased. The regular SNAP Maximum Benefit amount a family of four can receive in September (including the 15 percent temporary increase) is $ 782, and as of October 1, that amount increases to $ 835.

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Maximum monthly SNAP benefit
Size of household Until September 30th * From October 1st
1 $ 234 $ 250
2 $ 430 $ 459
3 $ 616 $ 658
4th $ 782 $ 835

“There have been numerous changes to SNAP benefits over the past 18 months that have made budgeting difficult for families in Missouri,” said Jennifer Tidball, Assistant Director, Social Services Department. “This timely and permanent increase in the regular SNAP means Missouri families know exactly how much to spend on grocery shopping.”

DSS also wishes to remind Missourians that August is the final month for P-SNAP benefits and that households will receive benefit amounts based on their household income starting September 1.

Major changes to the SNAP / Food stamp program
August Last Month for P-SNAP (Maximum Benefits for All Missouri Households)
September Regular SNAP benefit amounts will resume last month for a temporary 15 percent increase in regular SNAP
October The regular increase in SNAP benefits begins

Missourians can apply for SNAP benefits online 24/7 by visiting or emailing completed applications and verification documents to [email protected] or faxing to 573-526-9400.

The Missouri Services Navigator provides information on over 2,800 programs and services available in the state. Missourians who need information about SNAP, Medicaid, Child Care Subsidy, LIHEAP, or temporary help for families in need can visit Missourians who have questions that aren’t specific to a particular case can use the DSS virtual assistant to get instant answers to basic questions 24 hours a day. Telephone support is also available Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., call 855-FSD-INFO or 855-373-4636.

Please note that the Family Support Department Resource Center and Customer Service Center will be closed on Monday September 6th to mark Memorial Day and Tuesday September 7th.

SkillUp and Missouri Work Assistance (MWA) are free programs available to all SNAP and TA recipients that help low-income Missourians plan their careers, meet work challenges, and find and maintain a job.

The mission of the Department of Social Services is to enable Missoura residents to live safe, healthy, and productive lives. Visit to learn more about the Department of Social Services and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.