> South Dakota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low income South Dakotans buy the food they need to stay healthy while they work to regain financial independence. SNAP benefits are provided to supplement the recipients food budget. The amount of benefits a household receives is based on its size and income.
In South Dakota during July 2002, 47,700 people (18,400 households) received $3.6 million in SNAP benefits. The average monthly benefit was $75 per person or $200 per household.
SNAP recipients are given a plastic debit card (Dakota EBT Card) instead of paper coupons. The store cashier runs the debit card through a point-of-sale device to subtract the recipient's purchase amount from their allotted benefits. Using the card is much faster and easier than using paper coupons and eliminates loss or theft of SNAP benefits.
South Dakota SNAP operates under the requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
General Program Requirements:
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of South Dakota and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than $14,079 if one person lives in the household; $18,941 if two people live in the household; $23,803 if three people live in the household; $28,665 if four people live in the household; $33,527 if five people live in the household; $38,389 if six people live in the household; $43,251 if seven people live in the household; or $48,113 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,862 for each additional person in the home.
Contact your local SNAP administering agency to apply for this program:
Program Contact Information:
If you have further questions about eligibility or benefits under South Dakota SNAP, contact us via phone at:
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