Department of Social Services
Family Support Division
PO Box 2320
Jefferson City, Missouri
TO: ALL FAMILY SUPPORT OFFICES
FROM: KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR
SUBJECT: COVID-19 TWELFTH EXTENSION OF PANDEMIC SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (P-SNAP) EMERGENCY ALLOTMENTS
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 allows Emergency Allotments (EA) of supplemental benefits for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food Stamps) to be issued to eligible SNAP households. The P-SNAP program raises a household’s SNAP allotment to the maximum amount for the household size.
Supplemental benefits were issued by the Family Support Division (FSD) from March 2020 through March 2021 as part of the P-SNAP program. P-SNAP has been extended through April 2021. Beyond April 2021, participation in P-SNAP will be decided on a month-to-month basis during the COVID-19 health crisis.
SNAP households do not need to apply for P-SNAP. The supplemental benefit will be automatically added to the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.
As of April 2021 there has been a calculation method change to P-SNAP. Individuals who receive the maximum SNAP benefit allotment, and were previously ineligible for P-SNAP, are now entitled to a minimum of $95 in P-SNAP benefits.
Participants who get SNAP benefits on or before the 14th of the month will get the April P-SNAP benefit on April 14.
Participants who get SNAP benefits after the 14th of each month will get the April P-SNAP benefit on their normal benefit payment date.
NOTE: Households approved for SNAP benefits, but receiving a zero SNAP benefit allotment, are not eligible to receive P-SNAP.
- Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.