The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) 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 recipient’s food budget. The amount of benefits a household receives is based on its size, income and allowable expenses.
SNAP recipients are given a plastic South Dakota EBT Card. 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 easy and eliminates loss or theft of SNAP benefits.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program operates under the requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.