Missouri SNAP

Missouri SNAP helps eligible Missourians, children and families, who may be working but are still struggling financially, to buy food and provide nutritional meals for themselves.

Eligibility is determined by certain factors, mainly your income and household size but the program is designed to help those who need food assistance most.

Benefits are issued to an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card which can be used like a debit card wherever EBT is accepted.


Who is eligible for SNAP in Missouri? #

In order to qualify for SNAP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Live in Missouri
  2. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines
  5. Have less than $2,750 in resources or $4,250 if at least one member is elderly or disabled

This prescreening tool might help you determine if you may be eligible to receive SNAP benefits. However, this is not an application tool.

Missouri requires all work-eligible recipients to work at least 20 hours a week or take part in the SkillUP Program, unless they are exempt. 1

ABAWDs must comply with special work rules or they will be subject to the three-month time limit.

How much food stamps will I get in Missouri? #

How much money you get for food stamps in Missouri largely depends upon your family’s income and size. For example, a family of three with no income may receive up to $740 in monthly SNAP benefits.

  • Family Size SNAP Benefits
  • 1 $281
  • 2 $516
  • 3 $740
  • 4 $939
  • 5 $1,116
  • 6 $1,339
  • 7 $1,480
  • 8 $1,691

The actual SNAP benefit amounts are based on a household's net income with a general rule that an increase of $100 in net income results in a reduction of $30 in benefits.

What is the income limit for food stamps in Missouri? #

Most families in Missouri with gross monthly income up to 130% of the federal poverty level qualify for food stamps. For a family of three, the limit is $2,693.

Family Size 100% 130%
1 $1,215 $1,579
2 $1,643 $2,137
3 $2,072 $2,693
4 $2,500 $3,250
5 $2,928 $3,807
6 $3,357 $4,363
7 $3,785 $4,921
8 $4,213 $5,478

Gross income limit applies to most households, except those in which at least one person is 60 years of age or older, or receives disability income.

How do I apply for food stamps in Missouri? #

Application for food stamps can only be made in person at your local FSD office. An interview will then be scheduled to verify and review your application.

You may also upload your completed application and any supporting documentation online through mydssupload.mo.gov or mail it to:

Family Support Division
P.O. Box 2700
Jefferson City, MO 65102

You’ll be notified of your eligibility no later than 30 days after completing the application process. In some emergency cases, you may get benefits in seven days or less.

Can I recertify my food stamps online in Missouri? #

Beginning August 1, 2021, you will be required to complete an interview to recertify if your still qualify for SNAP benefits and receive a recertification form.

You must complete and return that recertification form along with any required documents before the deadline on the letter.


  1. SkillUP is offered free through a number of agencies across the state. Click here to find a provider near you.
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