Meeting Our Basic Needs

When we look out for one another, we all see #TheNetBenefit.

The Net Benefit

Our state is only as strong as our people. And our people — our families, friends, and neighbors — are strong when they have access to the food, shelter, health care, and economic support they need to lead healthy lives. This is true no matter who you are or where you live. When Missourians have access to care, they have the opportunity to live up to their potential and pursue their dreams, bringing untold value to their communities and to our state.

Why it matters

Missourians are connected to the support and resources they need to lead healthy lives through a combination of state and federal programs, dedicated professionals, volunteers, and community organizations. In fact, programs like SNAP (food stamps), WIC (nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children), TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), Medicaid, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), disability, and housing assistance ensure an estimated 1.1 million Missourians have access to care, including 250,000 children. But through our work across the state, we have found that when Missourians’ basic needs are not met, their health is negatively impacted.

How we’re changing things

We’re working to help all Missourians better understand how taking care of our residents who need help most — particularly children, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities — leads to stronger communities and a stronger state. We must look out for our neighbors and strive to understand what it takes for each of us to lead a healthy life. And we must recognize the important work of dedicated professionals, local institutions, and volunteers who work tirelessly to support those in need.
View our list of partners across the state.

What you can do

Through this campaign, we want to lift up the voices of Missourians who have seen #TheNetBenefit of supporting those in need.
Share your story.
We also encourage you to spread the word about #TheNetBenefit via social media, with your local media, and through your personal and professional networks. Learn more through the resources below.

Read The Stories Share Your Story
“I never knew that the need was so great here until I needed it.” Nygia L., - Columbia, MO
have access to care through programs like SNAP, WIC, and Medicaid.
are supported by state and federal programs.
believe the safety net is important.
are part of The Net Benefit campaign.

The Net Benefit Contacts

Courtney Z. McCall

Vice President of Strategic Communications

(314) 345-5505

Daniel Waxler

Senior Communications Strategist

(314) 345-5580