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Food Assistance Deadlines Looming in South Carolina

Some key deadlines are coming up for hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians eligible for food assistance programs.

The first is at the end of this week – and it affects people who have had their SNAP benefits stolen from them.

“When President Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, it included a provision to replace SNAP benefits that were electronically stolen, whether that was through skimming or electronic cards where they were able to obtain a card number and then manufacture a fraudulent card using that number,” said Connelly-Anne Ragley of the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

The Department of Social Services says about 1,200 South Carolinians have already reported stolen benefits – totaling about half-a-million dollars.

People who believe they were victims between Oct. 1 of last year and mid-June of this year – but who haven’t yet reported this loss – have until Friday to do that at dss.sc.gov.

The other deadline is coming up next month – and it’s for families with children eligible to receive pandemic-EBT or P-EBT cards.

Those are the approximately 500,000 students who qualified for free or reduced-price meals last school year.

DSS is asking families to verify their mailing address by Aug. 10 at dss.sc.gov.

“It really only takes a few minutes to make sure that the correct address is on there, and that really will save headaches for parents and caregivers when those cards start rolling out around mid-September,” Ragley said.

DSS says if you’re not sure if your child is eligible to receive P-EBT because they qualified for free or reduced-price meals – to contact their school district.

Source : WRDW