Food stamp benefits in Missouri will not be canceled for at least six months a due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Missouri Department of Social Services made the announcement Tuesday. St. Louis officials said they received the waiver needed to extend the certification period for SNAP benefits and low-income Missourians who were scheduled to be re-issued in the months of March, April or May.
The waiver prevents people from running out of food stamps and not being able to get more.
According to the city, all work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents are waived through the end of the federal emergency COVID-19 declaration.
Food stamp benefits also are being boosted during the pandemic. All households currently eligible for the program will receive the maximum amount for the household size. For example, a household of four will receive the full allotment of $646.
The department said the increase will affect 310,000 households in the state, representing about 660,000 people.