Announcements and News 2020-09-01T16:52:20+00:00

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707, 2020

MDHS partners with community colleges to offer workforce training for SNAP recipients

July 7th, 2020|News, Workforce Development|

(Jackson, Miss.) – Mississippians have a new pathway to achieve their career goals through a partnership between the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) and Mississippi community colleges. The SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) Program, Skills2Work, was designed to assist eligible Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) E&T recipients by providing potential tuition assistance and other support services for Adult Basic Education, Career/Technical pathways and/or Workforce Skills Training programs. “I’m proud to announce this partnership between our administration and Mississippi community colleges to provide a hand-up to those looking to take care of themselves and their families,” said Governor [...]

607, 2020

MDHS issues Request For Proposals (RFP) to award up to $36 million in TANF services across Mississippi

July 6th, 2020|News|

(Jackson, Miss.) – As part of its ongoing commitment to helping Mississippi families move from a state of crisis to a state of self-sufficiency, the Mississippi Department of Human Services is requesting proposals from organizations best positioned to provide services in low income, at-risk areas of the state. The agency will primarily invest Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant dollars, in concert with public and private partners to fund the programs outlined in the RFP. “These programs are further examples of our commitment to providing families in their greatest time of need with a greater chance [...]

607, 2020

MDHS provides lasting hope for SNAP recipients through Skills2Work program

July 6th, 2020|News, Workforce Development|

(Jackson, Miss.) – Mississippians have a new pathway to achieve their career goals through partnerships between the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS), Mississippi community colleges and other Employment and Training programs within the state. The SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) Program, Skills2Work, was designed to assist eligible Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) E&T recipients by providing potential tuition assistance and other support services for Adult Basic Education, Career/Technical pathways and/or Workforce Skills Training programs. The Division of Workforce Development and Partnership Management within MDHS has established Skills2Work partnerships with the following Mississippi community colleges and other workforce [...]

2606, 2020

PEBT Most Frequently Asked Questions

June 26th, 2020|Economic Assistance, SNAP, Uncategorized|

Eligibility for PEBT was determined by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE). Student demographic information received during their last data collection was provided to MDHS by MDE in June 2020. The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) is working with public and private schools to issue Pandemic EBT (PEBT) benefits based on all of the following: The names of children who were attending public or private school, Receiving free or reduced-price meals, Whose schools were participating in the National School Lunch Program, and Whose school was closed for more than 5 consecutive days. If you are [...]

2306, 2020

MDHS announces additional benefits for July

June 23rd, 2020|Economic Assistance, News, SNAP|

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, households currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be eligible for a supplemental benefit for July 2020.  Similar benefits were provided for certified SNAP households for the months of March, April, May, and June 2020. SNAP households that have been certified based on meeting income and resource requirements are eligible to receive the supplement benefits.  These households will receive benefit supplements up to the maximum benefit amount, based on household size.  For example, the maximum benefit for a 2-person household is $355.  A 2-person household authorized to receive $200 for May will receive an [...]

1206, 2020

USDA approves Mississippi for Online Food Purchase Program for SNAP recipients

June 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|

(Jackson, Miss.) –Mississippians in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households will soon be able to make online food purchases using their benefits. The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) recently received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow online purchasing of food by SNAP households. The Food and Nutrition Service will administer the program. A start date for when online purchases can be made will be determined soon. This approval will allow Mississippi to expedite the implementation of online purchasing with currently authorized SNAP online retailers. Currently, the only two approved retailers for Mississippi are Walmart [...]