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The State of South Carolina has at least $8.1 Million in unused pandemic food aide, which expires in less than 12 days. According to News19 in Columbia, more than 68,000 cards have not been activated, which were issued during the pandemic. The P-EBT funds were made available to families in several rounds over the past four years.

South Carolina P-EBT benefits automatically expire 274 days, or about nine months, after they were last used. That means that cards that went out in the mail on August 14, 2023 – the expiration date is May 14th. If families make a $1 purchase or larger, they get another 274 days from that point. DSS and the State Department of Education jointly administered the P-EBT program in South Carolina. According to the state Department of Social Services, over 68,000 cards have yet to be activated, potentially leaving $8.1 million unspent.