Dorchester among SC counties that can apply for grocery help this week

Dorchester among SC counties that can apply for grocery help this week

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina residents who lost property or income due to last month's historic flooding are eligible for food assistance.

The South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) has announced counties eligible to receive Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) Assistance under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

People living in 20 counties affected by the disaster can apply for debit-like cards that can be used to buy food at grocery stores and other retailers, but they must do so in person during their county's designated week.

Sign-ups started last week in seven counties. Residents of Lexington, Richland, Sumter and Dorchester counties can apply this Monday through Friday.

Residents in Florence, Horry, Berkeley and Charleston counties can apply next week and people in Darlington, Georgetown, Greenwood, Kershaw, and Orangeburg counties can apply the Dec. 1 through 3. Those wishing to apply should visit the DSS locations listed here.

Applicants must show they suffered unreimbursed losses in the disaster.

The one-time benefit depends on a household's size. For a single person, it's $194. For a family of four, it's $649.

People receive the card immediately, and the credit is loaded within 72 hours.

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