August 05, 2020

Online Purchases Launched for SNAP Households

Beginning August 5th, SNAP recipients in South Carolina will be able to use their EBT cards to make online purchases of eligible food items in response to COVID-19.

July 29, 2020

DSS Extends Healthy Bucks Bonus Incentives

The South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) has announced an extension of the Healthy Bucks SNAP bonus incentive through September 30, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges for farmers markets, independent farmers, and some of South Carolina’s most vulnerable residents. In response to these challenges, DSS will continue to increase the maximum Healthy Bucks SNAP incentive amount to $15.00 from DSS for eligible purchases through the end of September. Previously, DSS announced the increased maximum for this program on May 15, 2020 which was originally slated to expire on July 31, 2020.

July 24, 2020

CARES Act Gives Additional Funding for S.C. Head Start Programs

SC Head Start Programs have received $10,727,269 in federal funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These funds will support Head Start services to Head Start eligible children under the age of 5 in South Carolina including summer learning virtual programs, technology and connectivity, telehealth programs and preparing classrooms and facilities for the new school year.

July 22, 2020

Director's Angle - July 2020

State Director Michael Leach's Commentary

July 17, 2020

SC DSS Honors March Employees of the Month

The South Carolina Department of Social Services Employee of the Month program recognizes staff whose work exemplifies our core principles: Competence, Courage and Compassion.

June 30, 2020

K-12 Students Who Normally Receive Free or Reduced-Price School Meals to Receive Federal Food Assistance

South Carolina has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement a Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program, providing a one-time benefit to help supplement family food costs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and prolonged school closures. As many as 467,000 K-12 students in South Carolina, who qualify for free or reduced-price meals (FRP), are expected to receive this benefit.

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.