The Food Stamp Program helps low-income individuals buy food.
How do I get help?
Information about the Food Stamp Program
If you have questions, need more information, or to check the status of your application
- Visit one of our FSD Resource Centers.
- Call 855-FSD-INFO, or 855-373-4636
Who is eligible?
- 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 $2,250 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 $3,500.
- 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.
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:
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.
How do I use my Food Stamp benefits?
When a household is approved for Food Stamp benefits, the amount of the benefit is based on the USDA’s "Thrifty Food Plan." This amount is adjusted each year according to the U. S. Department of Labor’s study on the cost of food. Food Stamp benefits can be used to purchase food and food products, such as seeds and plants to grow food.
Food Stamp benefits cannot be withdrawn as cash. Food Stamp benefits cannot be used to purchase:
- Hot prepared foods;
- Foods prepared to be immediately eaten;
- Vitamins, medicine, supplements; or
- Non-food items such as paper products, soap, or pet food.
Under certain conditions, members of the eligible households who are 60 years of age or older may use the benefits to pay for home delivered meals and other meals prepared for elderly persons.
A household's monthly Food Stamp benefits are loaded to a Missouri Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Your monthly benefit is loaded onto your EBT card based on your date of birth and the first letter of your last name. To see when your monthly benefits will be available, view the EBT Schedule of Availability Dates. The EBT card may be used in any grocery store or retail location anywhere in the United States that has been authorized by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and displays the Quest® sign. Customers can check the EBT card account balances, view a history of EBT transactions, and review frequently asked cardholder questions through ebt EDGE SM or call the number on the back of the EBT card
How do I replace benefits for food loss?
If a customer loses food purchased with Food Stamp benefits due to the weather, ice storm, fire, flood, tornado or other household misfortune outside their control, a Statement of Loss/Replacement Request form must be completed to replace the lost food. This form can be returned in person, by mail or by fax to your local FSD office. If a customer needs help with this form, they can call 1-855-373-4636 or go to a Family Support Division Resource Center.
Brochures & Pamphlets
- Food Stamp Brochure
- Food Stamp Work Registration
- Simplified Reporting for the Food Stamp Program
- Important Information About Your HEARING Rights
- Electronic Benefit Transfer