Community Resources

Helpful Information During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

As always, Operation Food Search is committed to providing immediate food assistance to those in need. In addition, we tackle the root causes of hunger through our Nutrition Education programs and Policy and Advocacy work.

See the links below to learn more about valuable resources in our community.

Child Meals

Families can access free afterschool “Super Snacks” (nutritious easy-to-snack-on meals) for kids ages 18 and younger. To find child meal sites in the St. Louis region, click the button below to view the map.

View Child Meals MapChild Meals Information

Food Pantries

There are three ways to find our Community Food Partner Agencies nearest you:

  • Call our Hunger Hotline – Call (314) 726-5355 x1 for nearby locations.
  • Text for Locations – Text your zip code to (785) 503-3310.
  • View the MapSearch the map for locations near you.

Want to know what to expect when you visit? Watch our video tutorial on visiting a Community Food Partner Agency (pantry) HERE IN ENGLISH and HERE IN SPANISH.

Medicaid

  • Participants will not have any co-pays for COVID-19 testing and treatment.
  • Medicaid is not ending anyone’s coverage, unless you request to be removed or you move to another state, until the end of the public health emergency.
  • Medicaid is currently not doing annual reviews of eligibility.
  • Medicaid has expanded telehealth so participants can meet with their clinicians over the phone.

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

    • The second round of Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is open for applications and now extended through August 20, 2021! P-EBT is a temporary benefit to help families cover food costs for children in their home who would have received free and reduced lunch at school but were not able to be at school in-person or had reduced hours at least 5 days in a row due to the pandemic. Your child may also be eligible if they are under age 6 and your household was approved for SNAP any time after October 1, 2020. You must apply for P-EBT if your child is in school. To apply,
      1. Complete the P-EBT application (aplicación en Español) and
      2. Submit your application by either:
        Email: fsd.mopebt@dss.mo.gov
        Mail: Family Support Division
        615 E. 13th Street
        Kansas City, MO 64106

      NOTE: If your child meets the day care eligibility requirements, you do not need to apply. Your benefit will automatically load to your EBT card.

      Read the FAQs from the Department of Social Services (DSS) for more information about P-EBT.

P-EBT Resources

SNAP or Food Stamps

  • The USDA increased SNAP benefits by 15% for every eligible Missouri household through September 2021.
  • SNAP participants can now use their EBT card to order groceries online through participating retailers.
    • Missouri SNAP Online retailers: ALDI, Amazon, and Wal-Mart, Cameron Market, Hays Supermarket, Sliced Bread Market, Sweet Springs Market, and Woods Supermarkets.
    • Illinois SNAP Online retailers: ALDI, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Fairplay Foods, and Supermercados El Guero.
  • All new SNAP applicants are required to participate in an interview, but recertification interviews for current SNAP recipients have been suspended until August 1st, 2021. Applicants will be called for an interview after submitting their application or they can call 855-823-4908.
SNAP Resources

Stimulus Checks

  • Congress approved a third stimulus payment of $1,400 for eligible individuals earning up to $75,000 and $2,800 for married couples earning up to $150,000. There will be an additional $1,400 for each dependent in the household.The stimulus package also includes an expanded child tax credit that will be partially paid out in monthly installments of $250-300 from July 2021 through December 2021. The other half will be paid as part of 2021 tax refunds.
    • $3,000 child tax credit a year for each child, ages 6-17
    • $3,600 child tax credit for each child under age 6

    To be eligible, the child must be a U.S. citizen, national or resident alien and have a Social Security number. The child must also be claimed as a dependent on your 2021 tax return and must be related to you and live with you for at least 6 months during the year.

Stimulus Payment Information

Unemployment Insurance

  • Missouri has opted out of participation in all federal pandemic-related unemployment insurance programs effective Saturday, June 12 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Eligible unemployed workers can receive an additional weekly $300 federal benefit through June 12, 2021 in Missouri and through September 6, 2021 in Illinois.
  • Self-employed, part-time, and gig workers are eligible for unemployment benefits through June 12th, 2021 in Missouri and through September, 2021 in Illinois.
  • The first $10,200 in 2020 federal unemployment benefits is tax free for families making $150,000 or less
  • Find out more information on eligibility here.
Unemployment Resources

WIC

  • Anyone who has been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and is pregnant, just had a baby, or has children below the age of five, may be eligible to apply for WIC and receive better access to healthy foods and other resources.
  • Eligible families, parents, grandparents, and foster parents caring for eligible children should contact their local WIC agency for more details.
  • WIC families may receive $35 per person for fruits and vegetables through September 2021.
  • WIC participants may now choose from an expanded variety of options in different food categories due to WIC product shortages. See the WIC food guides for more details.
  • Services may now be offered by phone, drive-up, mail or online. Call your local WIC agency to see how they’re operating.
WIC Resources

Private Health Insurance

The March 2021 COVID-19 relief package strengthens both public and private health insurance coverage.

  • Employer-Sponsored Insurance: People who lose their job or have reduced hours can continue receiving health insurance with no premium from April 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021 through COBRA. The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) provides terminated employees access to their health insurance after the employer stops paying premiums for a period of 18 months after termination. Prior to the COVID-19 relief package, the individual would have to pick up the full cost of the insurance. Individuals should talk to their employers to receive this assistance.
  • Health Insurance Marketplace: New and increased subsidies are available to increase access and affordability of health insurance on Healthcare.gov. Beginning April 1, 2021 through August 15, 2021, many people will be eligible for increased tax credits that lower premiums for insurance. Families with higher incomes and people receiving unemployment assistance will also be eligible for new tax credits.

Private Health Insurance Fact Sheet

Additional Resources

  • For information regarding COVID-19 testing sites near you, please visit here.
  • For information regarding vaccination and eligibility for vaccines, please visit here.
  • COVID-19 pandemic has been a stressful time for many families. For mental health resources, please visit here.
  • Follow @OFSFoodAdvocate on Twitter to see our “What You Need to Know Now” social media campaign.