COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – The South Carolina Department of Social Services said Tuesday that March Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be issued early to some recipients.
According to a news release, only SNAP recipients who received their February benefits early in January — roughly 231,000 households — will be able to receive next month’s benefits early on March 5.
Department of Social Services officials said those recipients are receiving their benefits early “in order to reduce the time between payments for recipients who received their February benefits early because of the federal government shutdown.”
“DSS typically staggers the date SNAP benefits are issued between the first and 19th day of each month. South Carolina issued February benefits January 17 because of the federal government shutdown. Issuing March benefits on the normal schedule would have left some South Carolinians with up to 59 days between monthly SNAP payments. The release on March 5 will reduce the length of time between SNAP payments to no more than 45 days.”
According to the release, eligible SNAP recipients who got their February benefits on their monthly issuance date will receive their March benefits on their normal schedule.
Department of Social Services officials said they have been instructed to continue to accept and process new applications and recertifications as normal, and said all program rules — including verification of income — are not being waived due to the early issuance process.
According to the release, South Carolina will return to its normal issuance schedule in April.
Any SNAP participants who have questions can call their local office or call DSS Connect at 1-800-616-1309.