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April Food and Nutrition Benefits to Be Issued Early for Some; Normal Schedule Resumes in May

Monday, March 18, 2019 Because of the federal government shutdown at the beginning of the year, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services continues to adjust distribution schedules for Food and Nutrition Services benefits.  “We thank families for their patience and understanding during this difficult and uncertain period while we’ve worked to make sure their access to food was uninterrupted. Now it’s time to return them to their normal benefit cycles,” said DHHS Deputy Secretary for Human Services Tara Myers. 

March Food and Nutrition Services Benefits To Be Delivered Early

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Because of the federal shutdown at the beginning of the year, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is continuing to adjust distribution schedules for Food and Nutrition Services benefits. March benefits for all recipients will be distributed by March 3.  

February Food and Nutrition Benefits to Be Issued Early Because of Federal Shutdown

Friday, January 11, 2019

Because of the federal shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue February’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits by Sunday, Jan. 20. Benefits would normally be available to families between the 3rd and 21st of February.

State Health Officials Encourage Precautions, Remind North Carolinians of Services During Wintry Weather

Friday, December 7, 2018

With temperatures dipping significantly across the state and snow on its way for much of the state, North Carolina health officials are encouraging residents to take health and safety precautions as winter arrives.

DHHS Extends Public Input Period for Draft North Carolina Early Childhood Action Plan to Dec. 21

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has extended the public input period for the draft North Carolina Early Childhood Action Plan from Nov. 30 to Dec. 21. 

Help with Heating Costs Available Starting Dec. 3

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Low-income households with a person 60 or older or someone receiving disability benefits and services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services that need help covering the cost of heating their home this winter can apply for assistance starting Dec. 3.

More Than 720,000 North Carolinians Receive Disaster Food Assistance After Hurricane Florence

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

More than 720,000 North Carolinians in 304,000 households affected by Hurricane Florence received assistance buying food over the past seven weeks, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.

Residents of Three More Counties Affected by Hurricane Florence Can Apply for Help Buying Food

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Starting Thursday, residents of Chatham, Durham and Guilford counties impacted by Hurricane Florence will be able to apply for help buying food through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or “D-SNAP.”

More Than $30 Million in Assistance Available for Families Who Need Emergency Help Heating Their Homes

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reminding North Carolinians that more than $30 million in funds are available for families who need emergency help heating their homes through the Crisis Intervention Program.

Residents of Three Additional Counties Affected by Hurricane Florence Can Apply for Help Buying Food

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Starting Monday, residents of Anson, Orange and Union counties impacted by Hurricane Florence will be able to apply for help buying food through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or “D-SNAP.”