Residents of 4 counties can apply this week for grocery help

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina residents who lost property or income due to last month’s historic flooding are eligible for food assistance.

People living in 20 counties affected by the disaster can apply for debit-like cards that can be used to buy food at grocery stores and other retailers. But they must do so in person during their county’s designated week.

Residents of Lexington, Richland, Sumter and Dorchester counties can apply this Monday through Friday.

Sign-ups started last week in seven counties. Two other rounds conclude Dec. 3.

Applicants must show they suffered unreimbursed losses in the disaster.

The one-time benefit depends on a household’s size. For a single person, it’s $194. For a family of four, it’s $649.

People receive the card immediately, and the credit is loaded within 72 hours.

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