Press Releases

Food and Nutrition Services Participants Can Now Use Benefits for Online Purchases From Publix

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services participants can now purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards at an additional authorized online EBT retailer, Publix Super Markets Inc. This flexibility will allow participants to buy food while promoting social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will help families with transportation and mobility barriers.

Positive Connections Play Vital Role in Building Safe, Stable, Nurturing Environments for North Carolina’s Children

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Highlighting the importance of healthy, caring connections and the presence of protective factors in families and communities, Governor Roy Cooper declared April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in North Carolina.

Food and Nutrition Services Participants Can Now Use Benefits for Online Purchases from BJ’s

Thursday, March 11, 2021

North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services participants can purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards at an additional authorized online EBT retailer, BJ’s Wholesale Club. This flexibility will allow participants to buy food while promoting social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will help families with transportation and mobility barriers.

NCDHHS to Continue to Provide Extra Help Buying Food for Approximately 860,000 Children Through P-EBT

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with NC Department of Public Instruction today announced it will begin issuing additional benefits on Feb. 19, 2021 through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. These benefits will be received over several days starting Friday for those who already have an EBT card for Food and Nutrition Services or P-EBT benefits.

Food and Nutrition Services Participants Can Now Use Benefits for Online Purchases From Food Lion Through Instacart

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Starting today, North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) participants can purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards through Instacart.com or the Instacart mobile app, providing access to an additional authorized online EBT retailer, Food Lion. This flexibility will allow participants to buy food while promoting social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will help families with transportation and mobility barriers.

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.