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Simplified Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)

North Carolina’s Simplified Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) is a demonstration project designed to deliver food assistance to elderly individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SNAP is a simplified version of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS). Individuals must meet the following criteria to be eligible for SNAP:

  • Receive SSI, (individuals may have other income as well) and
  • Be age 65 or older, and
  • Not living in an institution (being in an Alcohol/Drug Treatment Center (ADTC) is considered being institutionalized for SNAP purposes), and
  • Residing in North Carolina, and
  • Purchasing and preparing food separately from other people living in the home, and
  • Not be receiving Food and Nutrition Services or SNAP in another state.

All SNAP cases are one or two person households. Regular Food and Nutrition Services eligibility factors do not apply to SNAP cases. Note: Married individuals living in the same home cannot be considered a separate household.

Income and deductions are not considered when determining SNAP allotment amounts. Only shelter costs are used to determine the allotment amount. Allotment amounts for SNAP are as follows:

  •  The FNS allotment amount is $130 if the rent, mortgage and/or lot rent expense is $150 per month or higher.
  •  The FNS allotment amount is $70 if the rent, mortgage and/or lot rent expense is less than $150 per month.

 

SNAP Application Procedures 
Individuals applying for regular Food and Nutrition Services will be evaluated for and authorized for SNAP if the criteria for SNAP is met and the SNAP allotment amount is equal to or greater than current allotment amount. Potential SNAP recipients are identified monthly via the North Carolina State Data Exchange (SDX) match process and are automatically mailed a SNAP application. Applications are processed within 30 days from the date the application is received in the local DSS agency. Eligible households automatically receive an EBT card with PIN instructions once the SNAP application is approved. SNAP cases are certified for three years. 

SNAP Conversion Process
Current Food and Nutrition Services cases meeting the SNAP eligibility criteria will automatically convert to a SNAP case if the SNAP allotment amount is equal to or greater than current allotment amount.

 

Nutrition Education

Nutrition education provides educational information and classes to improve the likelihood that families on a limited budget make healthy food choices and choose physically active lifestyles by acquiring knowledge, skills and behavior changes consistent with MyPlate Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

North Carolina Nutrition Education Program
The primary focus is to provide low-income families and children comprehensive nutrition education, a healthy diet, obesity prevention, physical activity and better access to food through FNS. Families and children are provided education opportunities through a collaborative partnership between the Division of Social Services, community agencies, organizations and universities. Learn more about our partners.

Click HERE for videos on a healthy lifestyle.

Your Rights
“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, disability, age, 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 at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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:

Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

Fax: (202) 690-7442

Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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Contact:
Connie Dixon, Program Coordinator, 919-527-6319