Emergency Financial Assistance


Emergency Food Assistance Program

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) allows people in need to access food immediately through local food banks. Individuals or families with monthly income at or below 150% of the federal poverty level—see chart below—are eligible to get groceries through this program.

Emergency Food Assistance Program

Food Stamps/SNAP

The Food Stamp program provides funds to individuals and families to help with the cost of food. In South Carolina, Food Stamps are issued using Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT). Recipients are given a card that works like a debit card to use at the store. 

If a person is eligible and Food Stamps are needed right away, they will be issued within seven days. Otherwise, they will be issued within 30 days. Be sure to let the agency know at the time of application if there is a critical need to have the stamps right away.

The income limit for SNAP is approximately 130 percent of the federal poverty level—see chart below.

You may complete an application for Food Stamps at your local Department of Social Services (DSS) or you may use the application form on the DSS Web site and deliver, mail, or fax the application to your local DSS office.



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