Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
For over 30 years, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, 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.
For children, a better diet means better learning in school. For adults, it means better performance on the job or a better foundation for developing the job skill that can give them and their families independence. For seniors, it means access to a balanced diet vital to their nutritional well-being. For everyone, participation in SNAP can help stretch limited budgets, improve nutrition, and reduce the risk of diet-related health problems.
Families, people living alone, and people living with roommates use SNAP benefits. People who are homeless can get SNAP benefits, too.
People of all ages use SNAP benefits.
You do not need to be receiving Family Independence or to be out of work in order to get them.
People who are working or have regular income form other sources than work, such as Social Security or a retirement pension, disability benefits, child support, or unemployment, can often get SNAP benefits.
If you are applying for SNAP benefits, your benefit amount will depend upon the number of people in your food stamp “household”, your “household’s” total monthly income, and certain “household” monthly expenses.
You may complete an application form for SNAP benefits at your local Department of Social Services (DSS) or you may use the forms on this web-site (3800, 3800-a, 24126 — These are PDFs) and deliver, mail or fax the application to your local DSS office.
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.
SNAP eligibility and benefits are based on several factors including:
- The number of people who live in a household and buy food and prepare meals together
- How much money your family has left from its monthly income after certain household expenses are subtracted
Once household eligibility is determined, your approved food stamp benefits will be deposited into an account each month. The account is accessed by using an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The EBT card acts as a debit card. Each time you use your card, your account will be reduced by the cost of the groceries you buy.
For more information concerning the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, contact your county DSS office.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I get SNAP Benefits?
- How Do I Apply?
- What Can I Buy With SNAP Benefits?
- How Do I Use My Benefits (EBT)?
- What Are My Rights?
More Information & Resources
- Benefit Integrity Manual (PDF)
Angle Food Ministries
Angel Food Ministries- Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing food relief and financial support to communities throughout the United States.
There are no qualifications, minimums, income restrictions, or applications. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Some churches even encourage participants to apply the money they saved to help someone else in need. Angel Food is available in a quantity that can fit into a medium-sized box at $30 per unit. Each month’s menu is different than the previous month and consists of both fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of approximately $60