ALERT - Pandemic EBT 2020-2021
South Carolina has obtained approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service for issuance of Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to eligible K-12 students for the 2020-2021 school year. P-EBT cards are expected to be mailed out by April 16, 2021 for students eligible for P-EBT benefits for the months of September 2020-December 2020.
All P-EBT eligible students, including child(ren) in active SNAP households, will receive a new P-EBT card for the 2020-2021 school year.
For a listing of South Carolina schools participating in the National School Lunch Program, including CEP schools, click here: SY 2020-2021 School Listing
P-EBT for children in child care is a separate feeding program and is still under development. Please check back for updates.
Please do not call your local DSS County office for information or questions on the P-EBT program. Benefits cannot be expedited at this time. Please refer to the Pandemic EBT Frequently Asked Questions / Espanol FAQs.
NEW SNAP FRAUD ALERT from the USDA (9-11-2020)
ALERT - Emergency SNAP supplements are only for those households already receiving SNAP benefits or households who meet all income and other eligibility requirements for the regular SNAP program. SNAP households who already receive the maximum benefit amount will not receive an emergency supplement. Due to the significant increase in call volume the Department is currently receiving, you may experience an extended wait time.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION for SNAP and TANF Applications
You may apply for SNAP and/or TANF benefits online, submit your completed application form in the secure, outside drop box at any county office, mail or fax your application.
- To apply online, please visit the DSS Benefits Portal.
- To submit an application or renewal via fax, send to your local county office. Click here for county contact information.
- If you need an application or a renewal form mailed to you, please call 1-800-616-1309.
Reporting Changes, Submitting Verification, and Submitting Renewal Forms for SNAP and/or TANF
You may report changes, submit requested verification, or submit renewal/redetermination forms for SNAP and/or TANF benefits by submitting information in the following ways:
- By mail;
- By faxing your local county office. Click here to find your county's SNAP/TANF fax number.
- By email your local county office. Click here for a listing of county email addresses.
- By submitting information in the secure, outside drop box at any county office.
To report a change or inquire on the status of your SNAP and/or TANF case via telephone, please call 1-800-616-1309.
The number of South Carolinians receiving public assistance continues to decrease.
In August 2017, 703,023 South Carolina residents received SNAP benefits; the lowest since 2009. After peaking in December 2012 at over 879,000, the number of SNAP recipients has fallen 20 percent.
On average, 45 percent of SNAP recipients are children under the age of 18. Approximately 27 percent of adult SNAP recipients are age 55 or older (15 percent of total SNAP population).
The income limit for SNAP is approximately 130 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). For example, a family of three whose income is $26,556 per year ($2,213 per month) or less may qualify for benefits. A single person who earns $15,684 per year ($1,307/month) or less may qualify for SNAP.
The average monthly SNAP benefit in South Carolina is $261.
How does DSS help?
Households, individuals, seniors and the homeless may all be eligible for SNAP beneﬁts. People who are working and need help to stretch their income to purchase food may also be eligible for SNAP beneﬁts as well as those receiving Social Security beneﬁts, child support or unemployment.
DSS administers the SNAP program through DSS county ofﬁces. Eligibility caseworkers interview applicants and approve those who qualify to receive the food beneﬁt.
Qualiﬁed applicants for the SNAP program begin receiving SNAP beneﬁts within 30 days of their application. Some families and individuals need expedited beneﬁts, which begin within seven days of application.