State and Regional News

Governor requests federal Major Disaster Declaration for Missouri in response to COVID-19

Governor Mike Parson has requested that President Donald J. Trump approve a major disaster declaration for the entire state of Missouri to provide federal assistance for state and local COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and emergency response efforts.

Governor highlights leadership of Missouri schools and higher education institutions during COVID-19 crisis

Recognizing that every school district is different, Governor Mike Parson enabled local school leaders to make the best decisions for their communities as Missouri continues to combat the spread of COVID-19. This approach allowed for local solutions and provided maximum flexibility for leaders to address the effects of closing a school district.

Missouri Food Stamp benefits increase and get extension

In response to the nutritional needs of low-income Missourians during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Social Services Family Support Division requested and has been approved for a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to extend Food Stamp/SNAP certification periods by six months for those re-certifications coming due in March, April and May. This action prevents Food Stamp benefits from ending during the COVID-19 pandemic. DSS is also currently waiving all work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents through the end the federal emergency COVID-19 declaration.