Written by Maria Jackson
In South Dakota, food stamp benefits are given through the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is administered by the South Dakota Department of Social Services.
People in need all over South Dakota use SNAP benefits to help them purchase healthy foods. In fact, recent statistics show that over 100,000 South Dakota residents were receiving SNAP benefits on a monthly basis.
In order to get food stamp benefits, you have to apply and meet certain eligibility requirements.
You can fill out an application for SNAP benefits at your local Social Services office. The offices are located in cities across South Dakota, like Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Aberdeen.
You can also fill out an online application or apply by mail, but you will have to complete the process by having an interview with a benefits specialist at your local Social Services office.
As part of the interview, you will have to prove your identity, residency and income. You can do this with documentation such as your driver's license, pay stubs, lease agreements, bank statements, and proof of legal obligations like child support payments. You'll also need to provide your Social Security number.
The interview will need to be in-person, unless you have a disability preventing you from coming in, are 65 or older, or you can prove that you have a hardship preventing you from coming in.
If you are eligible, you could receive your SNAP benefits within 30 days from the date of your application. If you meet certain requirements showing you have an immediate need for food stamps, you may be able to get them in just a few days.
Depending on your circumstances, there may be time limits on how long you can receive SNAP benefits.
In order to be eligible for SNAP benefits, you must be a South Dakota resident, be a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant, have a Social Security number and meet certain income and resource requirements.
Your household cannot have more than $2,000 in resources (such as the money in your bank account), or $3,000 if someone in your household is over 60 years old or is disabled.
Your household income also must be certain gross income limits. The current gross monthly income limits are:
You may also be able to deduct certain expenses, such as shelter costs or child support payments, when calculating your income.
You can use an online pre-screening eligibility tool to help you determine your eligibility for South Dakota SNAP benefits.
You may also have to meet certain work requirements in order to receive SNAP benefits, including employment training. If you are between the ages of 18 and 59 years old, you are able to work, you're not a student, and don't fall under any other exemptions, you will need to be registered to work, and seek out and keep employment.
If you are eligible for SNAP benefits, you'll receive your monthly allotted amount on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. This is a debit card that you can use to purchase food at any store where the EBT card is accepted.
Many people receiving food stamp benefits find that their monthly benefits still don't fully cover the food they need to feed their families each month. By combining grocery coupons with your food stamps, you can stretch your money as far as possible.
Grocery Coupon Network makes it easy to find online, printable coupons for your favorite foods at your favorite stores. You can find coupons for a variety of South Dakota grocery stores and you can also search for specific brands to make sure you're getting deals on your favorite foods.
Grocery Coupon Network can also be your resource for learning how to coupon effectively and you can even have fun with couponing and participate in contests to win prizes.
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