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The SNAP Program- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program


SNAP stands for the Supplemental Assistance Program- it was formerly called the Food Stamp Program. This program was created to help low income families to purchase nutritional meals for themselves and their families. SNAP is the widest, largest program in the US to fight off unnecessary hunger. The food stamp program was originally brought about in 1974 when Congress made it law that all states offer assistance to families in need.


The purpose of the Supplemental Assistance Program is to end hunger within the US and to provide families with nutritional food. In the state of South Carolina there are over 100,000 families that benefit from this wonderful program. When used properly, children are given healthier foods which helps them to do much better in school. Adults are healthier and happier as well, allowing them to perform much better at their jobs and within society.


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SNAP Program Requirements- What Can Make You Eligible


There are certains standards that you must meet in order to qualify for SNAP benefits in South Carolina:


  • You must be a resident of the state of South Carolina
  • Your annual household must be less than :
    • $14,079 if one person lives within the household
    • $18,941 for two people
    • $23,803 for three people
    • $28,665 for four people
    • $33,527 for five people
    • $38,389 for six people
    • $43,251 for seven people
    • $48,113 for eight people
    • For households with more than eight people, add $4,862 for each additional person.
  • Those applying must have less than $2,001 in their current bank balance (savings and checking combined).


What are Next Steps in the SNAP Application Process


You will need to fill out an online application. Once filled out you will need to contact your local SNAP agency to set up an appointment to meet with a SNAP representative.


You can find you local SNAP agency through this link. You can also contact your SNAP administering agency by calling 1-800-768-5700 toll free and talking with a representative. They will also be able to help with any questions that you may have.


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was established to help those that need a little help in providing nutritional meals for their family. Do not hesitate to apply if you feel like the benefits could help your family.


You will receive benefits monthly through a debit- like card that will be refilled at a specific date every month. It is important to budget out this money so that you are able to allocate funds evenly weekly.


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