Mississippi Single Mothers Assistance Programs. These programs help disadvantaged families in Hinds, Yazoo, Harrison, DeSoto County, and all the counties in the state. Without these Mississippi financial assistance initiatives, many families would not be able to afford these services. All programs are based on gross family income and are re-evaluated each year to continue to receive services. If you need help from any of these government programs, please call or visit the agency website.
Mississippi Single Mothers Assistance Programs
The Special Milk Program
This program provides milk to students below cost but not a part of the Breakfast or Lunch Programs. The goal is to promote the consumption of milk as a healthy food substance. The Special Milk Program is available to children not eligible for other subsidized school food programs. Parents pay a portion of the cost for milk and the school district covers the balance. Children enrolled in kindergarten or eligible camp programs are eligible for the milk programs. Depending on income milk is free or discounted.
To qualify you must:
- Be a resident of Mississippi
- Gross family income must comply with Federal Poverty Guidelines
Head Start is a government program geared to help low-income families prepare their children to do well in school. Children learn problem-solving through play, literacy and how to develop healthy relationships with other children. This program also encourages family involvement as a key to a better learning experience. Early Head Start, which cares for infants, toddlers, and pregnant women and their families who have incomes below the Federal poverty level. (more info)
Breakfast and Lunch Program
Many children go to school without breakfast because the family does not have food. The School Breakfast Program gives public schools grants so they can provide nutritious breakfast for children. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is another program that provides children a healthy lunch each day. You qualify if you are a resident of Mississippi and a parent, or legal guardian of the child or children applying and meet Mississippi federal poverty guidelines. Children up to High School are eligible. If you would like to enroll your child/children in this program,
CHIPS – Children’s Health Insurance Program
CHIPS is a free or low-cost medical program for children of disadvantaged families meeting Federal Poverty Guidelines. CHIPS and Medicaid cover eligible children up to the age of 19. You qualify you must live in Mississippi and meet the age requirements, or be the child’s main caregiver, be a U.S. citizen, naturalized, permanent resident or legal alien. Call to request an application at 1-800-421-2402 or download the application and mail to [email protected], or bring it to a Regional Medicaid office in your area. You can also fax your application to 601-576-4164.
Mississippi LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) helps pay heating and utility bills for disadvantaged households. For Help with Gas, Water or Electric Bills, go to Local Church Assistance. LIHEAP energy assistance is a low-income grant, that gives families up to $350, for heating bills.
If you live in a warm state, they help with cooling costs. Home heating grants help disadvantaged resident pay for Winter heating bills. Call 1-800-421-2408 to request an application or application here.
Mississippi Financial Assistance – Disaster Relief
If you have experienced a disaster, such as fire, flood, tornado there is immediate disaster assistance available. You can apply for federal disaster from FEMA.
- Apply for FEMA assistance here
- Receive a smartphone to communicate with family and friends after a disaster – More info
- Find shelter and other help at the Disaster Recovery Center – More Info
- Areas that qualify for federal assistance – Find help here