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 Open PDF and mail to or drop it off at your county DSS office.

The NC FAST ePASS website now includes a Spanish translation option, as well as the ability to complete the full application process in Spanish online, previously only possible using a paper form. These improvements will remain in place beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and do not impact previously submitted applications.

Watch this video to learn about ePass in Spanish. 

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.


FNS (Food Stamps) Replacement/Supplement Request Form
Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT)
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)
Food and Nutrition Services Employment and Training Program (FNS E&T)



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.

The maximum benefit amount for households receiving Food and Nutrition Services increased by 15% for the period of January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021. This increase will end on June 30, 2021 and benefit amounts will return to their current levels.

1 $1,383 $2,128 $234
2 $1,868 $2,874 $430
3 $2,353 $3,620 $616
4 $2,839 $4,368 $782
5 $3,324 $5,114 $929
6 $3,809 $5,860 $1,114
7 $4,295 $6,608 $1,232
8 $4,780 $7,354 $1,408
Each Additional Member (+486) (+748) (+176)

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

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.

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:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410
(202) 690-7442 or Email:
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Nondiscrimination statements

የማዳላት ተግባርን ላለመፈጸም የወጣ መግለጫ - Amharic

تصريح عدم التمييز - Arabic

非歧视声明 - Chinese Simplified

非歧視聲明 - Chinese Traditional

Deklarasyon Kont Diskriminasyon - Creole

Izjava o nediskriminaciji - Croatian


میثاق (بیانیه) عدم تبعیض - Farsi

Déclaration de non-discrimination de l’USDA - French

Antidiskriminierungserklärung des US-Landwirtschaftsministeriums USDA - German

भेदभाव मुक्‍त संबंधी वक्‍तव्‍य - Hindi

Nqe Lus Teev Kev Tsis Kheev Ntxub Ntxaug - Hmong

សេចក្តីថ្លែងការណ៍ស្តីពីការមិនរើសអើង - Khmer

ຖະແຫຼງການບໍ່ເລືອກປະຕິບັດ - Laotian

Oświadczenie odnośnie niedyskryminacji - Polish

Declaração de não-discriminação - Portuguese

Заявление o недискриминации - Russian

Warbixinta Takoor La’aanta - Somali

Usted no sera discriminado - Spanish

ประกาศเก่ ียวกับการไม ่กีดกันเลือกปฏิบัต - Thai

غیر امتیازی سلوک کے بارے میں بیان - Urdu

Tuyên Văn Không Kỳ Thị - Vietnamese