North Carolina Food Stamp Program

by Cheyana

What is this Benefit?

The Food Stamps Program is a Federal program that provides a monthly food allowance to qualifying families. The benefits are issued through an Electronic Benefit Transfer card (EBT card), which works in a similar way to a Debit Card. The Food Stamps program is an entitlement program, meaning all eligable families or individuals will recieve assistance.

What can you buy?

Food Stamp Benefits can be used to purchase most foods at participating stores. Certain products can not be purchased with the Food Stamps, these are; tobacco, pet food, paper products, soap products, and alcoholic beverages.

Application Process

Applications can be taken to the Department of Social Services in the county where the household is, however some counties have Food Stamp outreach offices. Those households that consist only of Supplementary Security Income recipients can apply for the Food Stamps benefit directly at the Social Security Administration Office. Elligible households must be given this benefit no later than 30 days after recieving the application.

Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this program you must be a resident of North Carolina. Next, you must either have a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) of under $2,001, OR if you live with a family member that is over 60 or has a disability, under $3,001. Below you will see the monthly income limit in realtion to the family size, and the benefit that household will recieve.
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