Program DescriptionSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 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. SNAP benefits give a person or family more buying power at the grocery store. The benefits are not intended to cover all of a family's food costs, but will lessen the amount of income that must be used toward groceries each month. Families, people living alone, and people living with roommates use SNAP. People who are homeless can get SNAP benefits too. People of all ages are a part of SNAP.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of South Carolina and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than $14,079 if one person lives in the household; $18,941 if two people live in the household; $23,803 if three people live in the household; $28,665 if four people live in the household; $33,527 if five people live in the household; $38,389 if six people live in the household; $43,251 if seven people live in the household; or $48,113 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,862 for each additional person in the home.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessTo apply for this program, fill out the application and make an appointment to speak with a representative at your local county office:
Contact your local SNAP administering agency to apply for this program:
Program Contact Information
For more information on the South Carolina Food Stamp program, please visit: http://dss.sc.gov/content/customers/food/foodstamp/index.aspx
Please call the SNAP hotline to speak with a DSS representative: 1-800-768-5700
E-mail inquiries can be sent to: AskDSS@dss.state.sc.us