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P-EBT Benefits for Eligible Missouri Children

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) BenefitsJuly 12, 2021 - On June 15, the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) announced that in conjunction with DESE Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) they will again issue Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) benefits through the Missouri’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) EBT card system to households with eligible children.

To receive P-EBT benefits:

  • All families must apply to receive the P-EBT benefits, regardless of whether or not they receive SNAP/Food Stamp benefits.
  • The P-EBT application (aplicación en Español) can be downloaded from the DSS website. 
  • Applications must be emailed or mailed to the Family Support Division by July, 31, 2021

Eligible households will receive benefits to cover the months of September 2020 through May 2021. School children are eligible for benefits if they would have received free or reduced price meals at their schools through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), if not for the closure or reduced attendance/hours of their schools for a period of at least five consecutive days. Benefits will be tied as closely as possible to the number of days that the eligible children did not receive a meal service through their schools. DESE FNS collected data through a survey of school districts in May 2021, that identified the predominant learning mode of each school by month.

Families can contact DSS with questions concerning benefits at or by calling 855.373.4636. Additional details can be found on DSS’s website.