The ABC Child Care Program

Commodity Supplemental Food Program is another government program that will improve the health and nutrition of participants by supplementing their diets with high quality and nutritious USDA commodity foods. In some ways it is similar to Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); however the CSFP program also serves elderly people and disabled. It will also directly provide food and groceries rather than the just food vouchers that WIC participants receive.

Another South Carolina nutritional resource is the Emergency Food Assistance Program, which is also known as TEFAP. This may be able to help to supplement the diets of lower income state residents, including children and elderly people, by providing them with fee emergency food, meals and general nutrition assistance at no cost.

The federal government makes surplus commodity foods available to distributing agencies across South Carolina, including Salvation Army centers, community action agencies, as well as the Department of Social Services. The amount of food that each non-profit agency receives is generally based on the number of unemployed persons in the county and the number of people with incomes below the poverty level in the region. The food pantries and non-profits accept applications and distribute the food to local organizations such as food pantries and soup kitchens that directly serve the public.

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is a state resource. It may be able to provide fresh, unprepared, nutritious and locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from community supported agriculture programs, farmers’ markets, and roadside stands to low-income seniors.

To apply for government aid, dial the South Carolina Department of Social Services at (800) 768-5700, or look into community resources below.

Refugee Resettlement Program – This federal government supported program can help the newly arriving population of refugees access public and medical assistance. The objective is to help people become self-sufficient in the shortest timeframe following their arrival in the state of South Carolina.

Operation RoundUp
This is offered by many utility companies, including Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative, Palmetto Electric Cooperative and others. The organizations join together to help neighbors who are dealing with a crisis. Grants, financial aid, and funds provided address needs such as clothing, food, shelter, utility bills, health care and other community services. More.

Gap Assistance Pharmacy Program for Seniors (GAPS)
GAPS provides pharmacy assistance and it will assist with paying prescription bills for seniors. It will fill the gap for eligible seniors' Medicare prescription drug coverage when their drug costs reach the so called "donut hole." (888) 549-0820

Mortgage Assistance, and Foreclosure Prevention Resources
There are several different programs and resources that homeowners in South Carolina can use to get help with their mortgage. Programs are offered at the state as well as local level.

Also, the state has several government certified non-profit agencies that counsel homeowners through difficult times. Many of their services are offered at no cost. More on South Carolina HUD agencies.

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