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The South Carolina Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income families, the elderly and disabled people buy food and avoid malnutrition. People often call SNAP benefits "food stamps," but they are actually given to recipients on a debit-type card that is loaded every month. SNAP beneficiaries can purchase food from a grocery store as well as edible plants and seeds to grow edible plants. The program does not pay for prepared food or alcohol.
Citizenship and Residency
- You must be a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant to receive South Carolina food stamps. Federal law mandates that immigrants must have lived in the U.S. for at least five years before they are eligible for SNAP benefits. You must also be a resident of South Carolina.
Income and Assets
- South Carolina counts income from a job as well as unearned income such as child support when determining eligibility for SNAP benefits. The state also counts assets such as cash and bank balances. Income and asset limits depend on the number of people in your household. As of 2010, the annual income limit for a family of three is $16,608 and the asset limit is $2,000. People who have less than $150 in monthly income and less than $100 in assets may qualify for expedited benefits and receive SNAP benefits within 7 days of application.
- You will have to prove your income by showing recent pay stubs or statements from income sources such as child support and Social Security. You will also have to provide proof of citizenship by providing birth certificates, social security numbers or immigration documents for all household members who wish to receive benefits. Finally, you will have to provide proof of South Carolina residency with utility bills and housing documents such as leases and house deeds.