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Details for Service Food and Nutrition Services
Service Name Food and Nutrition Services Program Name At-Risk Family Health and Safety Benefits
Goal Provide outreach, support and services to individuals and families identified as being at risk of compromised health and safety to eliminate or reduce those risks.
Objective Assure that families at risk of economic challenges receive health and safety benefits to mitigate those risks.
Division Division of Social Services
Service Description

Food and Nutrition Services provides cash-like benefits for eligible low- income individuals and families to buy nutritious food for good health. Benefits are based on family size and income. Food and Nutrition Services is North Carolina's name for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP.


In North Carolina, monthly benefits are issued via Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards.   Benefits may be used to purchase food at participating stores. Workers at each local county department of social services/human services agencies determine who is eligible.


Web Site https://www2.ncdhhs.gov/dss/ Year First Initiated 1964
Available State Wide Yes Geographic Area Served
Grants Provided No Competitive Bidding No
Competitive Bidding Details
Waiting List No Waiting List Start Date
Number Waiting
Waiting List Details

Income Eligibility
Income Eligibility Yes
Income Eligibility Method The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who is in poverty. Thresholds are updated annually for inflation using the Consumer Price Index. Poverty guidelines are updated periodically in the "Federal Registry" by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services under the authority of 42 U.S.C. 9902(2).
Income Eligibility Type Most earned and unearned income such as wages, salaries, unemployment benefits, retirement benefits, annuity income, child and spousal support received, severance pay, sick and vacation pay, etc.
Whose Income Eligibility Households containing an elderly or disabled member must meet only the net income eligibility standards. Categorically eligible households do not have to meet either the gross or net income standards. All others must meet the gross and net income standards.
Income Disregard Yes
Income Disregard Desc In kind benefits, vendor payments, some education assistance, reimbursements and energy assistance payments are examples of income that is disregarded.
Income Verified Yes
Income Verified Method Written, verbal and online verification from income source(s) such as wage statement, award letter, tax/business forms, banks and other knowledgeable sources.
Income Criteria Poverty guidelines are updated periodically in the "Federal Registry" by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services under the authority of 42 U.S.C. 9902(2).
Income Eligibility Change 10/1/2010
Income Eligibility Method Prior To Change Federal cost of living increase incorporated
Income Eligibility Other Some households are subject to resource limits. Deductions are provided for certain qualified expenses such as shelter, daycare, child support, medical, etc.

Target Population
Age Range Start Age Range End
0 100+

Legal Authority
Authorization Level Authorization Type Citation
State Administrative Rules 10A NCAC 71 Subchapter U
Federal Public Law Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008; Food and Nutrition Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95- 113, 91 Stat. 958, 7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.; Public Law 95-348, Public Law 96-58, Public Law 96-249, Public Law 97-35; Public Law 97-98; Public Law 97-253, Public Law 98-204, Public Law 98-369; Public Law 99-198, Public Law 99-425; Public Law 99-498, Public Law 99-603, Public Law 100-77, Public Law 100-175, Public Law 100-232, Public Law 100-387, Public Law 100-435, Public Law 100-503, Public Law 100-707, Public Law 101-202; Public Law 101-392; Public Law 101-508; Public Law 101-624; Public Law 102-237; Public Law 102-265; Public Law 102-325; Public Law 103-31; Public Law 103-66; Public Law 103-225; Public Law 103-286; Public Law 103-296; Public Law 104-66; Public Law 104-127; Public Law 104-193; Public Law 104-208; Public Law 105-18; Public Law 105-33; Public Law 105-185; Public Law 105-379; Public Law 106-171; Public Law 106-387; Public Law 107-171; Public Law 110-161; Public Law 110-246; American Recovery Act and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5; Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, Public Law 111-296; American Taxpayer Relief Act, Public Law 112-240; Agricultural Act of 2014.
State Statute G.S. 108-25

Budget Information
State Fiscal Year (SFY)
As of the month of
Authorized Budget Fiscal Year 2024 SFY 2023-2024 Year To Date Expenditures Balance
Salary and Fringes (1X) 0 0 0
Salary Other (1X) 0 0 0
Operating (2X-5X) 0 0 0
Contracts/Allocations (6X) 0 0 0
Reserves (7X) 0 0 0
Transfers (8X) 0 0 0
Total Requirements 0 0 0
Receipts-Federal 0 0 0
Receipts- Local receipts 0 0 0
Receipts- Other receipts 0 0 0
Total Receipts 0 0 0
General Fund Appropriations 0 0 0
State Local Other
0 0 0
State Local
0 0