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South Dakota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits

Program Description

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 August 2013, 104,099 people (45,123 households) received $13.7 million in SNAP benefits. The average monthly benefit was $132 per person or $304 per household.

SNAP recipients are given a plastic debit card (South 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 $3,251 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).

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $15,301
2 $20,709
3 $26,117
4 $31,525
5 $36,933
6 $42,341
7 $47,749
8 $53,157

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

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:

Or via email:
[email protected]