You can apply for benefits online at www.access.ms.gov or www.mdhs.ms.gov/applications/. The printable application is available at the bottom of the www.accesss.ms.gov website.
From now until May 31, 2020, when you apply for benefits, you will not be required to be interviewed by a caseworker. However, when you apply, please provide as much information as possible, including documents to prove your circumstances, such as income, rent/mortgage payments, utility expenses, etc. Please answer all the questions on the application. The more information you provide at the time of application, the quicker the application will be processed and your eligibility determined. Your caseworker will contact you, if needed, to complete the application process.
Will MDHS offer Disaster SNAP (DSNAP) since it is usually offered after a disaster, such as a hurricane?
DSNAP is designed for situations where a large number of households have disaster-related expenses, such as property loss, that are not considered by the regular program. At this time the Food and Nutrition Service(FNS) has not authorized the state to conduct a DSNAP.
Can the SNAP Replacement for bad weather application be signed and emailed back to the county office?
Yes, a list of county office emails is available on our website. It should be emailed to the county email and not to a specific worker’s email address.
If so, will personnel in their respective county offices have access to applications emailed in? Yes. Each county has staff that are required to monitor the county email
Many SNAP households certified through the end of March, April or May 2020 had their cases renewed:
- For households certified through March 2020, the SNAP benefit period was extended through September 2020.
- For households certified through April 2020, the SNAP benefit period was extended through October 2020.
- For households certified through May 2020, the SNAP benefit period was extended through November 2020.
SNAP recipients identified as Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWDs) and other households certified for fewer than six (6) months or more than 12 months (Elderly Simplified Application Project [ESAP] and Mississippi Combined Application Project [MSCAP]) will not have their benefits automatically renewed. Households will be notified when it is time to apply for renewal.
I already had my interview to renew my SNAP benefits. Will my benefits still be renewed automatically?
If you already had an interview for your SNAP renewal and received a notice requesting additional information to process your case, you still need to turn in that information.
I had an interview to renew my SNAP benefits recently and was asked to provide verification of my income. My job is currently closed because of COVID-19 so I am unable to contact anyone to get verification of my income. What should I do?
We will work with you to get acceptable verification of income. Provide a written statement that includes: 1) Amount of income you receive. 2) Where the income is from. 3) How often you are paid. 4) The total amount you are paid before taxes. 5) When the income stopped (if applicable). Let us know how you got this information, or what you could not get and a phone number for your employer. Please also include your phone number in case we need to contact you.
I have questions about my SNAP and/or TANF case. Where can I go for information, or who can I contact?
You can create a myMDHS online account through the https://my.mdhs.ms.gov link or contact your local county office.
You may contact 1-844-652-8044 for questions with MyMDHS account.
Will I get extra SNAP benefits because of COVID-19?
- Emergency Supplement SNAP benefits due to COVID-19 are being issued to existing cases across the state that meet the eligibility criteria to receive SNAP benefits. Anyone determined eligible based on normal eligibility criteria such as income, resources, and expenses will be eligible for SNAP and therefore eligible for the emergency supplement. You are not eligible for any additional amount if you already receive the maximum amount allowed for your household size.
No, emergency supplements authorized under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act are available to households that meet the normal SNAP eligibility criteria.
My case was approved after the emergency supplement was released. Will I get my emergency supplement?
You will receive the emergency supplement two days after your case was approved, if your case was approved after the emergency supplements were issued on March 29th or April 2nd.
My SNAP was denied earlier this month, but my situation has changed. How can I reapply for benefits?
You can apply for benefits online at www.access.ms.gov or www.mdhs.ms.gov/applications/. You will still need to meet the eligibility criteria to receive SNAP benefits and will need to provide verification of your income and resources to be eligible for SNAP.
I was previously told that because I am considered an able-bodied adult without dependents that I can only receive three months of benefits in a three-year period. Has this rule changed?
Yes, based on a federal law (H.R. 6201 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act), states must suspend counting months toward the time limit during the pandemic. Able-bodied adults without dependents who are not working or participating in work activities an average of 20 hours per week are not subject to federal time limits until further notice. If you were previously subject to time limited benefits and your case was denied, you can reapply for benefits at www.access.ms.gov or www.mdhs.ms.gov/applications/.
See the table below:
|Last Two Digits of your Case Number||Available Date each Month|
Applicants have to meet the eligibility criteria to receive SNAP benefits. Anyone determined eligible based on normal eligibility criteria such as income, resources, and expenses will be eligible for SNAP and therefore eligible for the emergency supplement.
Every household’s circumstances are different. The only way to determine eligibility will be to submit an application, be interviewed and meet the eligibility criteria. To see if you are potentially eligible, go to www.access.ms.gov/Prescreen/Start.
Yes, you can apply and eligibility will be determined.
Emergency supplements only apply to households who are eligible to receive SNAP benefits.
Yes, you have to be eligible for SNAP to receive emergency supplements.
No, it is for all households who are eligible to receive SNAP benefits and do not currently receive the maximum amount.
No, the emergency allotment is only to bring households who are not already receiving the maximum benefit up to the maximum amount allowed for their household size.
Emergency benefits are given to every household who is not already receiving the maximum amount of SNAP for their household size.
You can take a picture of your documents and email it to your county office. For the email address to your county, go to www.mdhs.ms.gov/covid-19-updates/.
You have to be eligible for SNAP to receive emergency supplements.
I only got the emergency stamps for March. I'm guessing the full benefits won’t be available until next month.
Your normal benefit amount was issued earlier in March based on the issuance schedule.
The income limits have not changed for eligibility determination.
Anyone determined eligible based on normal eligibility criteria such as income, resources, and expenses will be eligible for SNAP. To see if you are potentially eligible, go to www.access.ms.gov/Prescreen/Start.
Anyone who would like to apply for SNAP assistance may do so. To see if you are potentially eligible, go to www.access.ms.gov/Prescreen/Start.
The correspondence you receive from your local office will advise you of the amount you will receive. You can also call 1-866-512-5087 to see the amount on your EBT card.
You will receive your normal benefit amount. You will also receive the difference between what your normal issuance amount is and the maximum amount for your household size. (ex. If your normal allotment is $150 and the maximum allotment for your household is $194, you will receive $44 in addition to the $150 you already received bringing you to a total of $194 for the month.)
Yes, you can apply at www.access.ms.gov/Application.
Many factors are included in the determination process such as income, resources, and expenses. The information provided during the interview is used to calculate the amount of benefits each household is eligible for based on federal and state regulations.