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All Missouri Food Stamp recipients may again receive the maximum benefit for their family size through the Thanksgiving season.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved Missouri's request to again extend through November the Pandemic Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

This will be the ninth consecutive month for the maximum benefits, according to a Missouri Department of Social Services news release.

The November Food Stamp/SNAP benefit will be the maximum amount for recipients' household size and will automatically be loaded onto the electronic benefit transfer cards.

P-SNAP is part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which allows households to receive the maximum benefits during a state of emergency.

The maximum benefits are set to end in December, when normal benefit amounts will resume.

Last month, about 362,000 households representing more than 752,700 people received the benefits. At the onset of the pandemic in March, the program served about 310,000 households and 660,000 people.

The Social Services website provides information on the program and its income limits.

The Missouri Services Navigator, mo.servicesnavigator.org, provides information for more than 2,800 programs and services available in the state. Missourians may go there to find information on Food Stamps, Medicaid, Child Care Subsidy, the Low Income Energy Assistance Program or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

Apply for services at mydss.mo.gov or by sending completed applications and verification documents to [email protected] or by fax to 573-526-9400.

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