North Carolina Food and Nutrition Resource Programs

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The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) works to end hunger and obesity through the administration of 15 federal nutrition assistance programs including WIC, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and school meals. Working with our public, private and non-profit partners, our mission is to increase food security and reduce hunger by providing children and low-income people access to food, a healthful diet and nutrition education in a way that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence. No American should have to go hungry. This website contains information on programs available in North Carolina, eligibility and how to access the resources.

Find Your Programs
Please click on the category below for the person needing food and/or nutrition services.

North Carolina Food and Nutrition Resource Programs

Age 0-18

Age 0-18

  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)– Provides USDA foods to income-eligible households living on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians reservation and to Native American households residing in designated counties (Jackson, Swain, Cherokee and Graham) near the reservation.
Age 60+

Age 60+

  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) - Provides a monthly package of food designed to supplement the nutritional needs of low-income senior citizens ages 60+.  Food packages are distributed by approved local agencies.
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)– Provides USDA foods to income-eligible households living on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians reservation and to Native American households residing in designated counties (Jackson, Swain, Cherokee and Graham) near the reservation.
  • Senior Nutrition Program - Congregate Meals and Home-delivered Meals - Provides nutritious meals and socialization to older adults.
Pregnant, Breastfeeding and Postpartum Women

Pregnant, Breastfeeding and Postpartum Women

All ages

All ages

  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) - Provides a monthly package of food designed to supplement the nutritional needs of low-income senior citizens ages 60+.  Food packages are distributed by approved local agencies.
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) – Provides USDA foods to income-eligible households living on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians reservation and to Native American households residing in designated counties (Jackson, Swain, Cherokee and Graham) near the reservation.
  • Senior Nutrition Program - Congregate Meals and Home-delivered Meals - Provides nutritious meals and socialization to older adults.

Additional food access resources can be found at NC211 and NCCare360

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.