SNAP

ALERT - There are no emergency or additional COVID-19 related SNAP benefits available for South Carolina residents who do not qualify for regular SNAP.  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. 

 

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, visit SCMAPP.sc.gov.
  • To submit an application or renewal via fax, send to (803) 734-2012.
  • 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 fax to (803) 734-2012;
  • By email to SNAPTANFInbox@dss.sc.gov; or
  • 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.

Report A SNAP/TANF Change


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.