South Carolina SNAP

SNAP helps low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled with cash assistance to buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet.

Anyone may apply for SNAP benefits but the program is designed to help those who need food assistance most — low-income families, the elderly and disabled, as well as those on public assistance.


In order to qualify for SNAP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Live in South Carolina
  2. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines

There is no resource limit for SNAP in South Carolina.

As a condition of eligibility, most work-eligible recipients ages 16—59 who aren’t disabled or raising children are required to register for, look for and accept work.

ABAWDs must comply with special work rules. Otherwise, receipt of benefits is limited to no more than 3 months during a 36-month period.


What is the income limit for SNAP benefits in SC? #


Most families in South Carolina with gross income up to 130% of the federal poverty level, about $2,380 a month for a family of three, qualify for food stamps.

How do I apply for food stamps in SC? #


Applying for SNAP benefits is easier now with SCMAPP — an online application portal for South Carolinians to apply for benefits.

Alternatively, you may print and fill out an application and return it to your DSS county office. If applicable, an interview may be arranged to determine your eligibility.

If you are accepted into the program, your SNAP benefits are automatically deposited to your South Carolina EBT Card on the same day of each month you are eligible.

For more information on how to apply, please call

How do I check the status of my food stamp application in SC? #


You may check the status of your application by calling 1-800-616-1309. Be sure to have your case number when you call. Your case number can be found on the top right hand corner of every notice.

How do I get emergency food stamps in SC? #


Emergency SNAP is only available if you can prove that you have less than $150 per month in income and no more than $100 in cash and/or in your bank account.

If you have very little or no income, you may qualify for “emergency SNAP” and have your first benefits within 7 days.