For over 30 years, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, has served as the foundation of America's national nutrition safety net, working to end hunger and improve the health of low-income people by helping families buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet. In South Carolina over 100,000 households depend on SNAP each month to get the food they need for good health.
For children, a better diet means better learning in school. For adults, it means better performance on the job or a better foundation for developing the job skill that can give them and their families independence. For seniors, it means access to a balanced diet vital to their nutritional well-being. For everyone, participation in SNAP can help stretch limited budgets, improve nutrition, and reduce the risk of diet-related health problems.
Families, people living alone, and people living with roommates use SNAP benefits. People who are homeless can get SNAP benefits, too.
People of all ages use SNAP benefits.
You do not need to be receiving Family Independence or to be out of work in order to get them.
People who are working or have regular income form other sources than work, such as Social Security or a retirement pension, disability benefits, child support, or unemployment, can often get SNAP benefits.
If you are applying for SNAP benefits, your benefit amount will depend upon the number of people in your food stamp "household", your "household's" total monthly income, and certain "household" monthly expenses.
You may complete an application form for SNAP benefits at your local Department of Social Services (DSS) or you may use the forms on this web-site (3800, 3800-a, 24126) and deliver, mail or fax the application to your local DSS office.
SNAP eligibility and benefits are based on several factors including:
Once household eligibility is determined, your approved food stamp benefits will be deposited into an account each month. The account is accessed by using an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The EBT card acts as a debit card. Each time you use your card, your account will be reduced by the cost of the groceries you buy.
For more information concerning the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, contact your county DSS office.
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 http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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
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.