In Missouri, the Food Stamp Program is administered by the Department of Social Services’ Family Support Division. Officially known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), the program is designed to raise the levels of nutrition among low-income households by providing food benefits. Participating households receive an allotment of food benefits based on the USDA’s “Thrifty Food Plan.” In order to receive food stamp benefits, you must first make sure you’re eligible. This pre-screening tool simplifies that process. Next, you’ll need to apply for food stamp benefits. You must download the application, complete it and return it to any Family Support Division (FSD) office. The application can be submitted in person, by mail or fax.
Upon receiving your application, the office will conduct an interview to determine your eligibility. This interview can be conducted over the phone or in person. If you are approved for food stamp benefits, you will be issued an EBT card. This card is a debit card that’s linked to your benefits. You simply swipe at the register and enter your four-digit PIN to make eligible food purchases. You should receive your card and PIN (separately) within five days of receiving your notice of approval.
1. What should I do if my EBT card is lost or stolen?
If your EBT card is lost, stolen or damaged beyond repair, you should call Customer Service at 1-800-997-7777.
2. When will my benefits be credited to my account?
To see the full breakdown of benefit issuance dates, visit their website.
3. How can I check my EBT account balance?
To check your EBT account balance, simply log on to EBT Edge and enter your account information.
4. Is there anywhere I can’t use my EBT card?
You cannot use your EBT card at a liquor store, casino, adult-entertainment business or any place mainly used by adults that’s not in the best interest of a child or household.
5. Are there items that I cannot buy with SNAP benefits?
Yes. Federal law prohibits you from buying alcohol, tobacco, household items, vitamins and medicines, pet food and hot foods with food stamp benefits.
Contact: Missouri Food Stamps.