Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded program that offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. The program is run by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). If you live in this state and need to apply for a South Carolina EBT Card, then the information below shows you how to apply for food stamps in South Carolina. If you have additional questions or concerns about the South Carolina SNAP program or the EBT application process, please contact the South Carolina Department of Social Services for assistance.
For South Carolina Food Stamps
Before you begin, you will need the following information:
How do I apply for South Carolina SNAP?
To apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, you must submit a SNAP benefits application to your local Department of Social Services (DSS). Follow the Instructions for printing a food stamp application below and deliver, mail or fax the form to your local DSS office, or feel free to apply online. Even if you mail, fax, or submit the application online to the DSS office, you may still need to go to the office for an interview. You will be notified if this is necessary.
To apply for SNAP benefits online, please click here to complete our online application.
Print a Food Stamp Application
To download the application form click on one of the following: English - Spanish
Note: If you are unable to print an application from the web site, you may pick up an application from your local DSS county office. To apply for SNAP benefits with this application, complete the following steps:
You will be assigned a caseworker when you go to DSS. This is the person you will work with until your application is complete. Your caseworker is the person you should call when you have questions about your case. If you need to provide new documents to DSS in the future, you should give them to this same caseworker. For example, if you change jobs, you will need to send your caseworker new copies of your pay stubs.
If you qualify for regular SNAP benefits, DSS must give you SNAP benefits no later than 30 days after they receive your application. If you need SNAP benefits right away and qualify for "expedited" SNAP benefits, DSS must give you SNAP benefits no later than 7 days after they receive your application.
What are expedited SNAP benefits?
If you need Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits right away and qualify for "expedited" SNAP benefits, DSS must give you SNAP benefits no later than 7 days after they receive your application. You must apply for "expedited" SNAP benefits through your local DSS office. You may qualify if:
What documents should I bring to my interview?
When you apply for SNAP benefits, you will be asked to provide verification of your income, expenses, and other information to your local DSS. You need to bring information that applies to everyone in your SNAP "household". Make sure that you bring copies of your most recent documents.