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Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps)

Food and Nutrition Services is a federal food assistance program that provides low-income families the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet. Benefits are issued via Electronic Benefit Transfer cards (EBT cards).
There are three ways to apply for Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps):

  1. Apply online with ePass.
  2. Apply in person at your county Department of Social Services (DSS) office. It helps to fill out as much of the application as possible ahead of time.
  3. Fill out a paper application and mail to or drop it off at your county DSS office.

Call your county DSS office if one of these methods will not work for you. Watch the video below to learn about applying online through ePass.


Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT)
Simplified Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)


1. Income: You may be eligible for Food and Nutrition Services if your total income falls below the appropriate gross income limits for your household size. Eligibility workers determine which income limit applies to your household.

1 $1,316 $2,024 $192
2 $1,784 $2,744 $353
3 $2,252 $3,464 $505
4 $2,720 $4,184 $642
5 $3,188 $4,904 $762
6 $3,656 $5,624 $914
7 $4,124 $6,344 $1,011
8 $4,592 $7,064 $1,155
Each Additional Member (+468) (+720) (+144)

2. Household Composition: Some individuals must participate in Food and Nutrition Services as one household even though they purchase and prepare their meals separately.
Individuals who must participate as one household include:

  • Individuals living together who purchase/prepare their food together
  • Spouses living together or individuals representing themselves as a married couple
  • Individuals under the age of 22 living with a parent
  • Individuals under 18 under the parental control of an adult living in the home
  • Two unmarried adults living in the same home who are parents of a mutual child

3. Citizenship/Immigration Status: All individuals receiving Food and Nutrition benefits must be US citizens or immigrants admitted to the United States under a specific immigration status.

4. Resources: Some households may be subject to a resource test.

  • Households may have $2,250 in countable resources.
  • Households may have $3,500 if at least one person is age 60 or older or disabled.
  • Certain resources are not counted, such as homes, buildings and land.


NC EBT Call Center: 1-866-719-0141
Contact the Division of Social Services.


You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form to:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
     Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
     400 Independence Ave., SW
     Washington, DC 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email:

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