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DSS to offer replacement SNAP benefits following Hurricane Matthew

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Heavy flooding from Hurricane Matthew is seen in the 59th Avenue of Cherry Grove. (Source: Bryan Farrar) Heavy flooding from Hurricane Matthew is seen in the 59th Avenue of Cherry Grove. (Source: Bryan Farrar)

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – Area SNAP recipients who were residing in Grand Strand and Pee Dee counties during Hurricane Matthew will automatically receive a replacement for a portion of their benefits.

According to a press release from the South Carolina Department of Social Services, those impacted do not need to go to the DSS office to request their replacement benefits.

This will apply to residents living in the following local counties:

  • Darlington
  • Dillon
  • Florence
  • Georgetown
  • Horry
  • Marion
  • Marlboro
  • Williamsburg

Recipients in these counties whose benefits were issued between Oct. 1 and Oct. 7, 2016, will automatically receive 50 percent of their October SNAP benefits to replace food lost as a result of prolonged power outages, the release stated.  

Recipients who did not receive their October benefits before the storm will automatically receive 25 percent of their September benefits to replace lost food.  

The automatic replacement benefits will be available on eligible households’ EBT cards on or before Friday, Oct. 21.

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