Press Releases

Food and Nutrition Services Recipients to Receive Temporary 15% Increase in Benefits

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Today, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced that Food and Nutrition Services recipients will see a temporary increase in the amount of benefits they receive. This increase is part of the federal Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020.

North Carolinians Can Apply Online for Help with Energy Costs Beginning Monday

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced beginning Jan. 4, households can apply for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) and the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) online at www.epass.nc.gov.

Food and Nutrition Services Participants Can Now Use Benefits for Online Purchases at ALDI

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Starting today, North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services participants will be able to purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards at an additional authorized online EBT retailer, ALDI. 

NCDHHS to Provide Automatic Payment to Thousands of Seniors and People with Disabilities to Help with Winter Heating Bills

Monday, November 30, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced it will issue an automated payment to thousands of eligible households to help with winter heating expenses via the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program. The automated payment will be issued beginning Dec. 1 and is designed to help eligible seniors and people with disabilities access winter heating assistance in a safe and socially distanced manner during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NCDHHS Offers Spanish Translation and Improved Online Applications for Medicaid and Food and Nutrition Services

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced it has upgraded the mobile-friendly ePASS website to include a Spanish language option. 

NCDHHS to Provide Extra Help Buying Food for More Than 600,000 Children

Friday, September 25, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced today it will provide additional benefits through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to help families purchase food for children whose access to free and reduced-priced meals at school has been impacted by remote learning this fall due to COVID-19. The program provides a benefit on an EBT card that can be used to buy food at authorized retailers, including most major grocery stores.

Applications for Low-Income Energy Assistance Program Accepted Starting Monday

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will begin accepting applications through county social services departments for the state's Low-Income Energy Assistance Program on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

Early Childhood Data Available for all NC Counties

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The NC Department of Health and Human Services has released county data for the 10 goals and more than 50 measures that are part of the state’s Early Childhood Action Plan. These new data reports are available for all 100 counties and cover issues such as infant mortality, food and housing security, emergency room visits, child health, foster care, early learning and early literacy.

Food and Nutrition Services Benefits to be Issued Early, WIC Flexibilities Allowed due to Hurricane Dorian

Friday, September 6, 2019

North Carolina households who currently receive Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) will receive September 2019 benefits early so that they can purchase necessary food immediately following Hurricane Dorian’s landfall. The state of North Carolina will make more than $88 million available to approximately 380,000 households to enable them to immediately purchase food and replace food that was lost as a result of the disaster.

Funding to Help North Carolinians Keep Cool

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Funding is available to help North Carolinians in crisis pay utility bills or secure fuel or cooling resources.