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.
NEW SNAP FRAUD ALERT from the USDA (9-11-2020)
ALERT - Pandemic EBT/Summer P-EBT 2020-2021
South Carolina has obtained approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services for issuance of Summer Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to eligible K-12 students. Benefits have been loaded onto existing P-EBT cards for students currently eligible for Summer P-EBT benefits for the months of July 2021-August 2021.
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.
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.