Hurricane

Can I get temporary food stamps? What about food pantries?

Posted by Kelly Meyerhofer

kmeyerhofer@islandpacket.com

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issues emergency food stamps in areas affected by disaster when the state requests assistance.

However, as of Wednesday, South Carolina has not made a request for disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits, according to USDA representatives.

D-SNAP benefits are provided through an EBT card that can be used at authorized food retailers to buy food.

If you still need food, here’s a list of food pantries:

Our Lady’s Pantry in Beaufort, 30 Carolyn Drive in Beaufort, open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All are welcome

Lowcountry Food Bank, 1 Guess Dr. in Yemassee, open Wednesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Help of Beaufort, 1910 Baggett St. in Beaufort, will be open Wednesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Sandalwood Community Food Pantry, 114 Beach City Road on Hilton Head, open Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are welcome.

Deep Well, 80 Capital Drive on Hilton Head, open Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bluffton Self Help, at 39 Sheridan Park Circle, Suite 10, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for food and clothing distribution at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

A limited supply of nonperishable food items, as well as a limited supply of clothing, will be available for those in need. Current BSH clients will need their swipe card to access services. Non-clients will need to bring a photo ID in order to receive food or clothing this week.

Hours of operation for the remainder of the week: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Donations of food are welcomed and will be accepted during any hours of operation. For additional information, call 843-757-8000.

The American Red Cross will have feeding sites at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. for people who have been impacted by the hurricane. The locations are:

▪  St Helena Elementary School — 1025 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island

▪  Hilton Head Island High School — 70 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island

▪  Beaufort Elementary School — 1800 Prince St., Beaufort

▪  Dollar General parking lot — 3424 South O’Katie Hwy, Hardeeville

If you know of a food bank that plans to opens its doors, please email newsroom@islandpacket.com.

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