COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - Participants in South Carolina's SNAP assistance program may apply for financial help replacing food lost during Hurricane Matthew, the state's Department of Social Services said on Thursday.
But the department also stated South Carolina is not operating a Disaster SNAP program.
In a Facebook post, DSS stated current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients may apply for a replacement of all or part of their October benefits if they lost food because of Hurricane Matthew or during power outages that lasted more than four hours.
Clients must apply for a replacement in person at a county DSS office, the post states.
Applicants are also expected to be prepared to provide verification to substantiate their homes were in the affected areas and that they suffered a loss of food. Verification that will be accepted include:
- Newspaper Article
- Letter from the Red Cross or a Food Bank
- Website Printout Showing Outage or Loss (Examples: News website or power company notification of account outage)
- Letter from a Landlord
- Letter from an Insurance Company
- Letter from the Electric Company
Those who are not currently receiving SNAP benefits and need assistance on an ongoing basis may apply for SNAP benefits online, in person, or by mail or fax.
For information on how to apply online or download an application to print out, visit the DSS website at ww.dss.sc.gov. To apply in person visit your local county DSS office.
If you live in an area affected by Hurricane Matthew, please check the EMD website or call the local DSS office before you visit to make sure they are open.