How does Food Assistance work?
The Food Assistance Program (once referred to as Food Stamps) helps low-income households with their monthly food expenses. Food Assistance is issued through Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), which means that benefits are deposited monthly into the household's EBT account. Households are issued a card and pay for their groceries at food stores by using the card, which works like a debit card, at the checkout counter. The cost of the purchased groceries is deducted electronically from the EBT account.
How do you apply?
Clients can apply to the Food Assistance Program in one of the following ways:
1. APPLY ONLINE
Starting April 30, 2013, clients can complete and submit an online application via the NC Electronic Pre-Assessment Screening Service (referred to as ePASS).
NC ePASS is a secure, Internet-based solution that provides a quick and easy way for clients and customers to see if they are eligible for services and to complete an application online.
2. DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION
Clients may download, complete and then mail the Food Assistance Application to Wake County Human Services at the following address:
Post Office 46833
Raleigh, NC 27610
Attn: Box 58
Clients may also request that an application be mailed directly to them by calling the WCHS Customer Support Center at 919-212-7000, choose Option 5.
3. APPLY IN PERSON
Clients may also apply in person at any of the the following Human Services locations: