What Do You Know About Poverty in Missouri?
10. What is the maximum cash welfare benefit per month in Missouri for a single parent with two children under age 6?
The maximum TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) benefit allowed for a family of three would be $292 per month (as established in 1993).
The average monthly TANF grant in 2011 was $237. The majority of families receiving TANF funds were:
- White (59%)
- Had only one child (53%), with the average age of children being 6 years old
- Female-headed (82%)
- Headed by parents/caretakers with an average age of 28 and an average educational level of high school/GED
Source: Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division. (2012). Annual data report: Fiscal year 2011. Retrieved from http://dss.mo.gov/re/fsdar.htm.
For the major provisions of the Missouri TANF system, see
For an article on TANF, see Policy Basics: An Introduction to TANF available on the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities website.