SNAP Emergency Allotments Continue Helping Families Through the Pandemic


SNAP Emergency allotments continue helping eligible households in South Carolina maximize their SNAP benefits throughout the pandemic. Here are answers to some questions you may have about this special federal program.

What are the SNAP Emergency Allotments?

SNAP Emergency Allotments are designed to bring SNAP households up to their maximum payment allowed based on their household size, regardless of income. Since March 2020, the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SC DSS) has increased the monthly benefit allotment of authorized households up to the maximum SNAP benefit based on monthly federal approval.

Do I qualify for SNAP Emergency Allotments?

You may automatically qualify for this benefit allotment if you currently receive SNAP benefits. Once you are approved for SNAP benefits, you can expect to receive the maximum monthly allotment allowed based on your household size, regardless of your income.

Does this mean anyone can get SNAP benefits right now?

You still have to meet all program eligibility requirements to be eligible for SNAP benefits. These eligibility guidelines include some income and residency requirements. Applicants approved for the program are then awarded the maximum benefit allotment for their household size, regardless of their income level.

How do I receive my SNAP Emergency Allotments?

You can expect to see your increased monthly SNAP benefit on your normal scheduled day at the regular amount.

How long will this benefit be available?

These emergency allotments are federally approved each month. Currently, there is no official date announced for the ending of this program. Stay updated with extensions for this program HERE.

I don’t currently have SNAP benefits, but I need help paying for food. How do I apply for SNAP benefits?

You can easily apply for SNAP over the phone from the comfort of your home by calling our Contact Center at 800.726.8774. A trained agent will help you apply over the phone. You can learn more about SNAP benefits that can help your family HERE.