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Bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hope to fund free tampons, pads in Missouri prisons

(Missouri Independence) – In Missouri, incarcerated women’s access to feminine hygiene products depends on where they’re housed. Some are forced to pay to buy tampons and pads to meet their needs, while others are provided with such low-quality products they end up having to make their own. A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hopes to change that […]

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Missourians who receive food stamps to have 15% increase through June

Missourians who get food stamps will have their benefit amount increased through June. The state Department of Social Services says federal legislation signed into law last month includes a 15% increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit. The chart below shows the new maximum monthly SNAP amount, including the 15% increase Missouri households […]

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Governor Parson announces $46 million in child care funding to support Missouri providers and working families

Governor Mike Parson announced $46 million in child care funding to ensure child care providers can support the needs of working Missouri families, especially those with low incomes during COVID-19. “In order for Missouri to be a strong and healthy state, we must deliver essential services and support the needs of our working families, especially […]

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Pilot program brings social services assistance to seven Missouri college campuses

The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development has partnered with the Department of Social Services and seven of Missouri’s postsecondary institutions across the state to make social services easily accessible for college students and staff. This pilot program enables DSS to have a member of the department’s Family Support Division team on campus […]

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Number of Missourians receiving food stamps up more than 100,000 in 2020

Statistics from the state Department of Social Services show the number of Missourians on food stamps has increased by about 120,000 since January. There were about 658,000 Missourians receiving food stamps, at the start of the year. That number increased to about 778,000 as of July, which is the latest number available from DSS’ statistics. […]

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Missouri families receiving food stamps to get benefits extended

The USDA has approved the state’s request to extend the pandemic food stamp program benefits through August. Missouri households receiving SNAP benefits will automatically get the maximum benefits loaded onto their Electronic Bank Transfer card. “I am very pleased Missourians will receive the maximum SNAP benefit for their household size during a month when families […]

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Audio: Missouri set to resume food stamp recertification process on July 1, 2020

Missouri is set to restart its food stamp recertification process on July 1. The process was suspended during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, but the Department of Social Services will begin checking again on Missourians getting food stamps to ensure they still qualify for the benefits. More than 16,000 SNAP households in Missouri are […]

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Missouri woman receives prison sentence for selling meth in exchange for SNAP benefits

A Milo, Missouri, woman has been sentenced in federal court for her role in a conspiracy to sell methamphetamine in exchange for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (commonly known as “food stamps”). Melanie A. Person, 54, was sentenced by M. Douglas Harpool on Wednesday, June 10, to six years in federal prison without parole. […]

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Audio: SNAP and Food Stamps are now an option for grocery shopping online

The Missouri Department of Social Services says SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits households can use an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to buy food online from Amazon and Walmart, and other retailers might be added.     To get started with online purchasing, Food Stamp/SNAP participants can connect directly with the online store. A […]

Governor Mike Parson

Governor Mike Parson addresses the many concerns of Missouri citizens impacted by COVID-19

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, Governor Mike Parson and his administration are taking daily steps to respond accordingly and protect the health and well-being of Missourians. “My administration and I are committed to providing quality healthcare to those most dependent on state assistance and ensuring access to those in need of medical services or medications,” […]

Missouri State Capitol

Audio: Missouri Legislature asked to reduce paperwork required for federal safety net programs

A Missouri House committee has voted unanimously in favor of shrinking the amount of paperwork that Missourians must fill out to enroll or renew in federal safety net programs. The state’s paperwork to apply for things like food stamps, WIC, Medicaid or temporary assistance, can reach as many as 63 pages. Bill sponsor Mary Elizabeth […]

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Applications for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program open November 1, 2019

Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri offers the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to help low-income households pay their utility bills. Executive Director Chris Small calls LIHEAP one of Community Action’s “hallmark programs,” and describes it as “not a handout, but a hand up to help people with energy assistance needs and free […]

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Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri now accepting LIHEAP applications

Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri is accepting applications for its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Residents who are disabled or at least 60 years old can now submit applications and the agency will begin accepting program applications for other households on November 1st. The service will start on November 1st for the disabled […]

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Audio: Some Missouri charities stepping in to help food stamp recipients during shutdown

Some charities across Missouri are helping food stamp recipients during the government shutdown. Tom Faulkner with Crosslines food pantry in Springfield says it’s what will happen with food stamp distribution in March.     Crosslines’ Tom Faulkner says the change could put a strain on its operation.     February food stamps are being issued […]

Senator Roy Blunt

Audio: Senator Roy Blunt ‘very concerned’ about America’s trade strategy

Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says he’s been “very concerned” about America’s trade strategy. During the Missouri Farm Bureau Convention this week at the Lake of the Ozarks, the Republican says he’s glad the U.S. did not escalate its trade fight with China.     Blunt thinks getting Congress to approve the new North American […]