In South Dakota, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is administered by the Department of Social Services. The program is designed to help low-income families buy the food they need to meet their basic nutritional needs. The amount of benefits is based on size, income and allowable expenses. In order to receive food stamp benefits, you must first make sure you’re eligible. Eligibility is based on gross and net income. A full breakdown of eligibility requirements, including specific income limits, is available online.
The next step to receiving SNAP benefits is to apply. You must download the application and return it your local Social Services office. Once your application is submitted, you will have to go through an interview. At the interview, you will need to provide verification of your identity, residency, income and other information. Click here for a list of documents you’ll need to bring. Once you’re approved for SNAP benefits, you will be issued an EBT card. This plastic card operates like a debit card. Benefits are distributed into your account each month. Just swipe your card at the register and enter your four-digit PIN to make eligible food purchases.
1. How is each household’s SNAP allotment determined?
SNAP benefits are determined based on the Thrifty Food Plan. An individual household’s SNAP allotment is equal to the maximum allotment for that household’s size, minus 30 percent of the household’s net income.
2. How can I check my EBT account balance?
You can check your EBT account balance by calling 1-800-604-5099 or by logging on to EBT Edge.
3. When will I receive my EBT benefits?
After the initial distribution, you will receive your benefits in your EBT account on the 10th of the month.
4. What should I do if my EBT card is lost, stolen or damaged?
If your South Dakota EBT card is lost, stolen or damaged, call Customer Service immediately at 1-800-604-5099. It will take three business days to get a new card.
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 Dakota Food Stamps.