South Dakota Benefits

Food Stamps

South Dakota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), assist low-income households living in SD obtain food stamps to help in the purchase of the food they need to stay healthy.


South Dakota Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) assists low-income households with financial grants to ensure that such households are not left without heating during cold weather.


Medicaid in South Dakota offers free and low cost health care and medical benefits to low-income residents of South Dakota. The Department of Social Services administers this program throughout the state.


South Dakota Medical Assistance for Low-Income Families (LIF) program is meant to help low-income South Dakota families (with or without private health insurance) access full medical assistance coverage. LIF is funded through the Medicaid program. Medical assistance programs administered by the Department of Social Services in SD include:

  • Families with dependent children (supporting parent(s)/caretaker(s) with dependent children)
  • Children's health insurance (supporting only children up to age 19 years)
  • Pregnancy programs for pregnant women

In each case, eligibility criteria may be different but in most cases the coverage is very similar.


South Dakota Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides weatherization services to low-income individuals and families living in state of South Dakota. These weatherization services are free and available to all income-eligible households.


The South Dakota WIC is a federal government sponsored program that provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, health care referrals and other social services to women infants and children. The program targets low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children. Since its inception, the South Dakota WIC program has helped increase the long-term health of mothers and their children in the state.