SNAP Recipients in Areas Severely Impacted by Hurricane Florence to Receive Automatic Replacement of Benefits

October 4 - The South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) has announced counties and zip codes eligible to receive automatic replacement of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits under a federal waiver granted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service.

SNAP recipients residing in the following counties/zip codes at the time of Hurricane Florence will automatically receive a replacement of part of their benefits to replace food lost as a result of prolonged power outages. Residents of these counties do not need to go to local DSS offices to request replacement benefits.

Chesterfield County: 29101, 29520, 29584
Darlington County: 29593, 29532, 29161
Florence County: 29161, 29583
Horry County: 29511, 29526, 29544, 29568, 29569, 29581
Dillon County: all zip codes
Marion County: all zip codes
Marlboro County: all zip codes

The amount of replacement benefits each SNAP household will receive is based on their monthly issuance date. The automatic replacement benefits will be available on eligible households’ EBT cards by Friday, October 5, 2018.

Not all potentially affected zip codes in Georgetown and Horry Counties have been included, as DSS is continuing to work to get data that is required. Once this is received, DSS will pursue an expansion of the current waiver.

SNAP recipients residing in Georgetown County, as well as those who live in areas of Chesterfield, Darlington, Florence and Horry counties that are not within the zip codes listed above, are still able to apply for a replacement of their September SNAP benefits. If you live in an area affected by flooding from Hurricane Florence AND you suffered a disaster loss, you may go to your local DSS office and file an Affidavit of Loss to request a replacement.

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