ALERT - Emergency Allotments (Supplements) for Existing SNAP Households
Effective August 1, 2021, the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) announced the continuation of the federally-approved Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) emergency allotments (supplements) to all South Carolina SNAP households.
Since March 2020, the assignment of emergency SNAP allotments (supplements) has brought all authorized households up to the maximum benefit allotment, based on household size, regardless of income.
All program rules, including verification of income, are not waived due to this emergency supplement process.
As DSS receives monthly, federal approval, eligible SNAP recipients will receive their monthly benefit on their normal schedule at the regular allotment amount. The emergency supplement will be issued separately and may show up on a SNAP household’s EBT card within 48 hours after their regular allotment amount.
ALERT - Pandemic EBT Child Care 2020-2021
South Carolina has completed P-EBT K-12 and Child Care P-EBT issuance for the school year 2020-2021. No additional P-EBT benefits will be issued for students who were eligible for P-EBT during the 2020-2021 school year.
Parents may use the P-EBT Search Portal to check the status of previously approved benefits.
Find more information in the Pandemic EBT K-12 Frequently Asked Questions or Pandemic EBT Frequently Asked Questions for Child Care Children.
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 SNAP through DSS county offices. Eligibility caseworkers interview applicants and approve those who qualify to receive the food benefit.
Qualified applicants for SNAP begin receiving benefits within 30 days of their application. Some families and individuals need expedited benefits, which begin within seven days of application.