If you or someone you know is struggling to make ends meet and can’t afford to buy groceries, here’s a great way to get your money’s worth and save.
In Missouri, food stamp recipients are eligible to receive a $2.50 food stamp card, which can be used to buy up to $3.75 worth of groceries each month.
Food stamp recipients who receive a food stamp also can get a job and receive cash benefits like a tax credit.
But while some Missourians are receiving food stamps because they’re struggling financially, others are getting food stamps to save for retirement.
It’s a common way for Missourians to make a little extra cash.
Here are the essentials for making extra money:How to get food stamps:1.
Make an appointment to apply for a food stamps card.
You can make an appointment by calling 1-800-427-5387.2.
If you have a child, make an emergency food order with your child’s name and address.
The food stamp office will send your food order to the child’s food pantry or community food bank.3.
If your child has a disability, get food to buy them a meal.
The office will help with this, but it may take up to a week.4.
If food stamps is a recurring expense, make it a habit to make an online shopping list.
Make a grocery list and share it with your neighbors, friends and co-workers.
The more items you list on your shopping list, the less money you’ll have to spend on groceries each week.5.
If it’s your first time applying for a SNAP card, do it right away.
The application process is fairly quick and easy, and the benefits will be available to you within two months.6.
Make your grocery list to buy food to meet your monthly spending needs.
Make sure to keep it on a smartphone and keep it updated to keep track of what you’re buying.7.
Make plans to buy more food in the future, but don’t panic if you don’t have a lot of cash left over.
If a food card isn’t enough to meet the needs of your family, the food stamp offices can help you get a food voucher for a free meal.8.
If SNAP benefits aren’t enough, apply for an unemployment insurance benefit through the U.S. Department of Labor.
This benefits can be paid out over time or automatically based on your income and your work history.9.
Get your SNAP card.
The Missouri Department of Social Services says it will mail out your SNAP benefits to you at no cost.
The only catch is you’ll need to bring it to your nearest branch office.
You can apply online, by calling the office in person, or by mail.
Here’s what to look for when you apply for SNAP benefits:• If you’ve had your SNAP benefit for more than one month, you’ll be able to get a second benefit if you earn more than $2,000 in the past 12 months.• If your income is below the poverty line, you can receive an extra $3 a month.
It may be easier to qualify for a waiver for people who earn $23,200 or less.• You may need to make certain deductions, like income tax and payroll taxes, to receive SNAP benefits.
Some states also require you to file a tax return for your SNAP payments, but the IRS won’t verify the IRS numbers, so the amount may be less than you might think.• SNAP benefits are also subject to a 10% surcharge for some people.
The government requires people to pay 10% of their income for SNAP, which is a little higher than the rate the government will levy on some other types of federal assistance.
The money is available to people who are currently receiving SNAP benefits and who meet other eligibility requirements, like having a household income of at least $22,600 a year or being enrolled in a job-training program.
The money isn’t tied to a specific individual’s monthly income, but if you or a family member are unemployed, you may qualify.
There are different SNAP cards available for different categories of income.
You’ll need proof of your current income to apply, and you can use your Social Security number to help you qualify for SNAP.
The Missouri Department is accepting applications for SNAP and unemployment benefits, but only those who are unemployed or have recently been laid off will receive food stamps.
To find out if you qualify, visit the Missouri Department’s SNAP website.