In South Carolina, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is administered by Department of Social Services’ Children & Families Division. The program aims to improve the health of low-income people by providing them benefits to buy food to meet their basic nutritional needs. More than 100,000 households depend on SNAP benefits each month in the state of South Carolina. In order to receive food stamp benefits, you must first be eligible. Eligibility guidelines are outlined by federal law. SNAP eligibility is based on several factors, including the size of your household and the household’s monthly income. You can use the benefit calculator to determine your eligibility and expected benefits.
The next step is to apply to food stamp benefits. You can apply online or print an application and return it to a local DSS office in person, by mail or fax. Once you submit your application, a DSS worker will contact you to set up an interview. You must bring the necessary paperwork to verify your information. If you are approved for SNAP benefits, you will receive them no later than 30 days from the date DSS received your application. You will then be issued an EBT Card, which is linked to your benefits. You use the card to buy eligible food items at participating stores. Simply swipe at the register and enter your four-digit PIN.
1. How do I check my EBT account balance?
To check your EBT account balance, simply log on to their website and enter your account information. You should also keep your most recent receipts since they display your balance.
2. What should I do if my EBT card is lost or stolen?
If your EBT card is lost or stolen, call 1-800-554-5268 immediately to report it. If someone takes your card and knows your PIN, they can use all your benefits. Benefits will not be replaced in that case.
3. What are expedited SNAP benefits?
Expedited SNAP benefits are available to people who have extremely low income or no income at all. You can receive benefits no later than seven days after DSS receives your application if you qualify for expedited benefits.
4. What are the rules on income limits?
The USDA’s federal outline for income limits in regards to SNAP benefits is available online.
5. Are there items that I cannot buy with SNAP benefits?
Yes. Federal law prohibits you from buying alcohol, tobacco, household items, vitamins and medicines, pet food and hot foods with food stamp benefits.
Contact: South Carolina Food Stamps.