SCDSS is administering P-EBT, a one-time benefit for K-12 students enrolled in the free or reduced-price school meals program. P-EBT helps supplement family food costs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and prolonged school closures.

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COVID-19 Update

For the safety of the public and our staff as we respond to the COVID-19 Emergency, all DSS offices will be closed to the public, effective Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Please contact your local DSS office to be assisted by phone. We appreciate your patience.

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SNAP Alert

To encourage the practice of social distancing and reduce potential exposure to COVID-19, SC SNAP recipients will soon be able to purchase eligible food items online with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. July 31, 2020 is the target start date for online use of SNAP benefits in South Carolina and, at this time, the USDA has authorized Walmart and Amazon for online food purchasing. SCDSS will update as other retailers and independent grocers in SC become approved.

Child Support Alert

Important information for parents who pay or receive child support regarding the CARES Act federal stimulus checks.

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Do you have a complaint regarding services being provided to a child by a state agency? Please submit your complaint by phone (1-800-206-1957) or an electronic submission form here with the South Carolina Department of Children's Advocacy.