HOW TO GIVE AND GET HELP DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS
As always, Operation Food Search (OFS) is committed to providing immediate food assistance to those in need. We are in close contact with our community food partners, local and state government officials and stakeholders so we may respond swiftly and responsibly to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis. We are continuing our regular food distribution to our partner agencies, serving 200,000 people a month. We are also working with restaurants and farmers to rescue food that would otherwise be wasted and getting that food to the people who need it.
In addition, we are addressing the crucial need to feed children while schools are out by providing grab ‘n go meals for children 18 and younger at community locations (see map link below). We are also providing emergency food packs at numerous school districts and independent schools, coordinating with districts to get food to the families of the students.
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- Schools and community organizations are coordinating efforts in the St. Louis Region to continue to provide meals during COVID-19 related school closures.
- To find out where your kids are able to receive a free meal while school is closed, check out our Child Meal Sites Map here.
- Temporary SNAP Benefits
Temporary SNAP benefits are available during March, April, and May for families whose children qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. Information about how to apply is coming soon. We’ll update our website once it’s released.
- See our Child Nutrition During School Closures Fact Sheet HERE.
- See our Resources Flyer for helpful organizations and links.
SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
- Maximum Benefit
In March and April, families enrolled in SNAP will receive the maximum monthly benefit that is available for their household size. Updated benefit amounts will be automatically applied to electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards.
- Extending Renewals
SNAP enrollees are periodically required to submit documentation to confirm they are still eligible to receive assistance. The program is extending renewal (also known as certification) periods by 6 months during the pandemic. Participants will not have to complete renewals in March, April, or May.
- Work Requirement Removed
Individuals 18 through 49 years old who do not have a disability and are not caring for children or other dependents are usually required to work in order to receive SNAP benefits. The program is not enforcing this requirement for at least the next 90 days. People who’ve already used their 3 months of SNAP for 2019 through 2021 can reapply to receive benefits again.
- Applicants can complete an application online (mo.gov) or by calling (1-855-FSD-INFO/1-855-373-4636).
- See our SNAP During the COVID-19 Emergency HERE.
WIC – Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children
- Physical Presence Waiver
WIC Clinics across Missouri are still open. However, applicants for WIC are now able to apply or submit recertification documents without going into a WIC office. Contact your local WIC agency for more information. See Locations.
- See our WIC During the COVID-19 Emergency Factsheet.
More information about COVID-19 can be found on Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service’s website.
HOW TO HELP OTHERS:
Now more than ever, families are relying on OFS during this time of great need. . . and we are relying on you for support!
With events being cancelled and businesses telecommuting, food donations have taken a dramatic downturn. Grocery donations have dropped as shelves are depleted. We’ve lost over 75,000 pounds of food donations this month alone—that’s enough to feed 19,000 people for one day. We need your help so that we can continue to provide food and services to more than 200,000 people every month!
- DONATE MONEY—We leverage our donations from food partners so that every $1 donated provides $10 in food and services. That means as little as $10 feeds a neighbor in need for 10 days! Donate Now.
- ROUND UP ON PURCHASES—Our Change Maker App enables you to make micro-donations that add up to a huge impact. The simple setup allows you to donate your change on any purchase, just like rounding up at the register. You control the limit to as little as $5 per month. If you consider $5 feeds someone for five days, a few cents can change a life.
- DONATE FOOD—Non-perishable food and household supplies can be dropped off at OFS at 1644 Lotsie Blvd., Overland, MO 63132 from M-F 8:30am-4:45pm. Please visit our Emergency Food Drive page for more details.
- VOLUNTEER—Though we cannot safely accommodate volunteers at our warehouse currently, we sincerely hope you will channel your passion for this work into serving as an OFS Ambassador. Share our message on social media and via email. We’d love you to enlist any kids at home in writing or drawing Hope Notes for us to post on social media. We will have specific volunteer needs as time goes on; please email email@example.com to be alerted about volunteer opportunities.
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