North Carolina Food Stamps

In North Carolina, Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Social Services. This federal food assistance program helps low-income families by issuing monthly allotments of FNS benefits that can be used to buy eligible food items. The program’s main goals are to end hunger and improve nutrition and health. In order to receive these benefits, you must first be eligible. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements for income, household composition, citizenship and resources. A full breakdown of eligibility requirements is available online.

To apply for food stamp benefits in North Carolina, you have a few options. The easiest and quickest is to apply using an online tool called ePASS. You can use the pre-screening tool to determine your eligibility before applying online. North Carolina residents can also apply for food stamp benefits at a local county Department of Social Services office. You can speed up the process by downloading the application here. Once you’ve turned in your application, you will go through in an interview process to verify your information. If you’re approved for FNS benefits, you will be issued an EBT card. This is similar to any credit or ATM card. Benefits are deposited electronically into your account each month. To use the EBT card, simply swipe at the register and enter your four-digit PIN.


1. What should I do if my card is lost or stolen?

If your card is lost or stolen, report it immediately by calling 1-888-622-7328.

2. How can I check my EBT account balance?

You can check your EBT account balance by calling 1-888-622-7328 or by logging on to their website and entering your account information.

3. When will my FNS benefits be issued?

Benefits are available on the same day each month according to the last digit of your Social Security Number. Visit their website to see the issuance schedule.

4. What are the income limits to receive FNS benefits?

A full breakdown of the income limits by household size are available online.

5. Are there items that I cannot buy with SNAP benefits?

Yes. Federal law prohibits you from buying alcohol, tobacco, household items, vitamins and medicines, pet food and hot foods with food stamp benefits.

Contact:  North Carolina Food Stamps.