ALERT - Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for SC K-12 Students
SCDSS will soon be administering P-EBT, a one-time benefit to help supplement family food costs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and prolonged school closures. K-12 students who are enrolled in a free or reduced-price school meals program under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or are enrolled in a school that has opted to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) are eligible to receive P-EBT.
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, 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.