Wake County officials are closely monitoring potential impacts from the federal government shutdown. Below is the most current impact information. We will post additional information here as it becomes available.​


NOTE: WIC is open for business as usual.

Food and Nutrition Services


Updated 1/29/2019

  • WIC is open for business as usual. Participants should keep their scheduled appointments, call 919-250-4720 or walk in to the nearest WIC offices to apply or pick up benefits.

  • NC WIC Vendors are accepting NC eWIC benefits as usual. Link to WIC website

  • Active Food and Nutrition Services households received their February FNS benefits earlier than normal, on January 20, 2019. Benefits received are not extra, and no additional benefits will be loaded onto EBT cards until the federal shutdown is resolved.

  • Benefits received by the household do not have to be used by the end of January. Households have one year to use benefits loaded onto their EBT cards.

  • Families should budget their benefits so they will be able to purchase food until additional resources are made available by the federal government.

  • If individuals or families run out of food, they should contact their county department of social services to find out about other resources available within the community.

  • If an authorized EBT retailer refuses to accept EBT cards, contact the NC EBT Call Center at 1-866-719-0141 and provide the name and address of the store. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will provide this information to the USDA for investigation.

  • We are waiting for further guidance from DHHS regarding March 2019 benefits.