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V. Susan Alford, State Director  

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The South Carolina Elderly Simplified Application Project (ESAP) is designed to reinvent the SNAP process for elderly households who have traditionally proven to be our most stable population, on fixed income, with few reportable changes in household composition or deductions. ESAP is handled by an Agency centralized eligibility unit at the DSS State Office who process all applications, continuing eligibility and maintenance functions for this caseload. The household does not have to complete an interview.

You may be eligible for ESAP:

  • If all household members who purchase and prepare their food together are elderly (age 60 or older);
  • These household members do not have earned income; and
  • These household members do not receive SNAP benefits under the South Carolina Combined Application Project (SCCAP).

To receive SNAP benefits under ESAP, you must:

  • Complete the DSS-16176, ESAP Application
  • Mail it to ESAP, South Carolina Department of Social Services, PO Box 100229 Columbia, SC 29202.
  • If you are eligible, you will receive benefits beginning the date your application is received. You will be notified in writing of the decision on your case.

Once on ESAP, you only report required changes to the ESAP office at the above address or toll-free telephone at 1-800-616-1309.


You are not required to pay tax on food purchased with SNAP benefits.

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Nondiscrimination Statement for SNAP

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027), found online at, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

You may also file a complaint of discrimination by contacting DSS. Write DSS Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box 1520, Columbia, S.C. 29202-1520; or call (800) 311-7220 or (803) 898-8080 or TTY: (800) 311-7219.


  • To Report Child or Adult Abuse and Neglect call your local county office:
  • For information on SNAP benefits, contact DSS CONNECT at 1-800-616-1309 or any local DSS office during normal business hours.
  • To report Vendor/Retailer/DSS Employee Fraud
  • Report State Agency Fraud (Office of the Inspector General)