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SNAP Outreach

We guide families in need through the process of applying for food stamps.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, provides benefits commonly referred to as food stamps. These benefits provide a crucial resource to low-income individuals struggling with food insecurity.

The St. Louis Area Foodbank’s SNAP Outreach Coordinators visit partner agencies during regular distribution hours, provide SNAP assistance to clients, attend health fairs and assist applicants via telephone to ensure all eligible applicants apply efficiently.

The SNAP Outreach Coordinators pre-screen clients to determine potential eligibility for benefits, and then provide direct application assistance with SNAP applications.

The coordinators then provide all the necessary information to help prepare clients for their interview with the local Department of Human Services/Social Services. The coordinators also answer clients’ questions about benefits and work to solve issues pertaining to SNAP benefits.

Overall, eligibility is determined by the client’s local DHS or DSS office.


For information about applying for SNAP benefits or general information about the program, please contact:

45.1% of SNAP participants are children


We can help you determine if you are potentially eligible for benefits and will provide direct assistance with SNAP applications. Fill out this short form, and we’ll get back to you soon!

Contact Form

Missouri:

Melissa Melton, SNAP Outreach Coordinator
314-528-8622 | mmelton@stlfoodbank.org

Illinois:

Melanie Hager, SNAP Outreach Coordinator
618-307-9541 | mhager@stlfoodbank.org


P-EBT Benefits

A program for free and reduced school meals.

IL P-EBT Benefits: 

The USDA passed Illinois’s waiver for benefits to be loaded onto an Illinois LINK card. If you are on SNAP, there is no need to apply. The state will pre-load the qualifying child(ren)’s meal benefits as soon as they can.

If you are not on SNAP and your child(ren) qualify for free/reduced meals at school, you can apply online at: https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access/ or by paper application here: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=124142 and emailing it to DHS.FCS.PEBT@illinois.gov; or Mail a completed paper application to:

Central Scan Unit
P.O. Box 19138
Springfield, IL 62763-9138

IL P-EBT Applies for children 3-17 years old & (18-22 if in high school) who have temporarily lost access to free/reduced-price school meals during school closures. It will be $3.50 for lunch and $2.20 for breakfast, meaning $5.70 a day per child. Active days include 10 days in March and 22 days in April. May and June P-EBT benefits are not yet determined but will be calculated later. The state of IL is working with the IL state board of education to contact these families who are not on SNAP but qualify for P-EBT, but it will take time to contact everyone. This applies to all children regardless of income or citizenship. If they were eligible for the free/reduced meals program, they are eligible for these benefits. If you are interested in seeing if you are eligible for SNAP please contact our coordinators at 618-307-9541.


MO P-EBT Benefits:

The USDA passed Missouri’s waiver for benefits to be loaded onto a Missouri EBT card. If you are on SNAP, there is no need to apply. The state will pre-load the qualifying child(ren)’s meal benefits as soon as they can.

If you are not on SNAP and your child(ren) qualify for free/reduced meals at school, you can apply online at: https://apps.dss.mo.gov/fmwBenefitCenter/Account/Login.aspx or by paper application here: https://mydss.mo.gov/food-assistance/ebt and emailing it to: FSD.Documents@dss.mo.gov or fax to 573-526-9400. For answers to all questions contact DSS Monday-Friday from 6am-6:30pm & Saturdays from 8am-5pm. DSS predicts they will have the paper application ready for use around 5/29/2020.

MO P-EBT Applies for children pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, who have temporarily lost access to free/reduced-price school meals during school closures. The maximum benefit amounts per child are $57 for March, $125 for April, and $120 for May. The maximum benefit per child is $302. Only SNAP households that received SNAP benefits in March will automatically get a P-EBT benefit of $302 for each eligible child added to their existing EBT card and do not need to apply. All households that did not get a SNAP benefit in March must apply and provide income information for March, April, and May to receive the P-EBT benefit for each month the child is eligible.

Missouri’s DSS, Missouri’s Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, and Missouri’s School Districts are working together to get applications to student households that need to apply for the P-EBT benefit. Households may complete the application sent from the School District online through PrimeroEdge or mail the paper application by June 30th, 2020 to DESE, Food and Nutrition Services. DESE will verify the student’s eligibility for the free or reduced-price school meal program and will send all applications to the DSS, Family Support Division (FSD).

This applies to all children regardless of income or citizenship. If they were eligible for the free/reduced meals program, they are eligible for these benefits. If you are interested in seeing if you are eligible for SNAP please contact our coordinators at 314-528-8622.

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