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After Hurricane Florence: Help for Buying Food

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DHHS has worked to help families recover from Hurricane Florence. As part of that, the Department received approval to help people buy food through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) in 28 counties that were declared a federal disaster after the storm.


To be eligible, people must:

  • Live in one of these counties: Bladen, Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, New Hanover, Moore, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Wayne and Wilson. (Other counties may be added later.)
  • Have suffered losses/damages related to Hurricane Florence, such as damage to property, loss of income or food loss.
  • Have proof of identity and proof of residency (if available).
  • Have income and resources below certain levels.
  • Not currently be receiving help buying food through the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program. People receiving FNS can also get extra help buying food, but do not need to fill out a D-SNAP application. You can get more information about how to get the extra help here.


The amount people received depends on household size, but a family of one received $192, a family of four received $640, and larger families received more.

Application information

  • The application window was Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, through Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. All application sites were closed Sunday, Sept. 30. In Greene County only, applications will be accepted from Wednesday, Oct. 3, through Thursday, Oct. 11, with the exception of Sunday, Oct. 7.
  • People who wanted to apply for help buying food must do so in person. You can also call 211 for information about application locations. 
  • You can complete your application ahead of time and bring it with you if you want to. (English application, Spanish application)
  • People were encouraged to apply in the county they live in, but could apply in person in any of the 28 counties, regardless of which county they live in.

If you were eligible

  • You received your one-time debit card the same day you apply, so you will only need to visit the office once.
  • You were able to use your card to buy food within three days of receiving it.

More information about what you need to bring with you to apply and how you can use your benefits to buy food is available in these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).