About South Carolina Food Stamps Program
South Carolina Food Stamps is a federal government food assistance program which has been initiated to help the low-income families as well as individuals in SC. The program is an equal opportunity for both individuals and households who are living below the poverty line and just cannot afford to buy the food items for their healthy living. Hence, whether you have to low income resources, you are not an able-bodied person, or you are having any disability for which you just cannot buy food, then you can get benefit from this program like there are millions of other individuals and families that are getting benefit from this program, nationwide. In the United States, there are different SNAP eligibility guidelines, application process, and other guidelines for the different states.
Eligibility Requirements For South Carolina SNAP Program
Because different states have their own eligibility requirements, so the South Carolina Food Stamps Program also has its own. If you wish that you start to receive the food benefits offered by this program, then you must make sure that you meet the guidelines and requirements that are designed for the SC residents. The requirements are to make sure that the food benefit amount is only transferred to the low-income individuals and families that do not have the purchase power to buy the food on a consistent basis.
Here are the basic requirements of this program that every applicant should meet in order to qualify for this program:
- The applicant needs to be a United States citizen or he should be a qualified alien.
- The applicant needs to be a South Carolina resident.
- The income of the household needs to be below the income limit that we will discuss just below.
- The resources of the applicants should be at or less than the resource limit of the SNAP program in South Carolina.
SC SNAP Resource Limits
The SC SNAP needs the household to own the resources within a specific limit in order to get the SNAP benefits. The resource limit for the household or families that has one or more elderly (60 years plus) or a disable person is $3000. And if you are a regular household that doesn’t have any elderly or disabled person, the resource limit is $2000.
If you are a South Carolina household and you wish to get benefit from the Food Stamps benefits, then you will also have to meet the certain income requirements. Every household needs to have the income limits at or below the income limits defined by the government. The income limits vary with the number of household members. The SNAP income limit is about 130% of FPL (federal poverty limit). For instance, if you are a household that has 3 members, then you need to have an income $2,177 per year or $26,124 per year or less than that. If you are a single person, then you need to have a monthly income limit of $1,276 and the annual income limit at or below $15,312.
How To Apply For South Carolina Food Stamps Program
There are 3 different modes by which you can get your applications submitted in South Carolina. Hence, it allows the applicant convenience and freedom to choose the most appropriate application method. The three different modes of application are online, in person, and applications through fax or mail.
The steps to submit an online application are mentioned below:
- Click scmapp.sc.gov to apply online for the South Carolina Food Stamps program.
- Now, click the button “Apply Now” under the “Get Started Now” option.
- Now, read the guidelines before starting the benefits application and click “Next” button.
- Read more information on the SNAP program, and then proceed further by clicking “Next”.
- Now, read the important information again, select “what would you like to do”, and then click “Next”.
- Read the “common terms used in the application” that will help you during the application process, and then click “Next”.
- Choose the benefits (SNAP) and click the “Next” button.
- Provide the “applicant information and click “Next” button.
- Go through the “expedited food stamps” page and click “Next” button.
- Provide the household information and click “Next” button.
- Provide “individual details” and click “Next” button.
- Provide the household “income details” and click “Next” button.
- Provide the household “resources details” and click “Next” button.
- Provide the household “expenses details” and click “Next” button.
- Now, scan the documents and click “Next”.
- Finally, submit the application on this page.
Applying In Person
If you want to apply for the South Carolina Food Stamps program, then you should visit the local county office where you can find, complete, and submit the SNAP applications. You can get the address and contact details of your local county office by clicking here.
Applications By Mail Or Fax
If you don’t feel comfortable with online or in person applications, then you still have the option to apply via mail or fax. For that purpose, you should first get the SNAP application from below mentioned link.
After that, you need to complete it with as much information as you can provide. After completing the application form, you just need to mail it or fax it to the local county office.
The SC Snap Benefits are provided through an EBT Card which is an electronic benefit transfer card that works just like an ATM card. But, before you get the EBT card, you will have to go through the final SNAP eligibility interview after your application is accepted. The benefits will be transferred within 30 days (normal program) or within 7 days (expedited service).
Different counties in South Carolina have their own office addresses, help lines, fax numbers, and email addresses, etc. You can select your country from here to get the important contact information for the SNAP program.