Food and Nutrition Services

The Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Program, previously referred to as Food Stamps, helps low-income households with monthly food expenses. The purpose of Food and Nutrition Services is to end hunger and improve nutrition and health. It helps eligible households buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet.

Family cooking a meal

How does it work?

  • Food and Nutrition Services benefits are issued monthly through Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) which automatically deposits the monthly balance into the household's EBT account.
  • Households are issued a card and can pay for their groceries at food stores by using the card in the same way they would use a debit card at the checkout counter.
  • The cost of the purchased groceries is deducted electronically from the EBT account.

Am I eligible?

To receive Food and Nutrition Services, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a US Citizen or qualified legal immigrant;
  • Have, or have applied for, a Social Security number; and
  • Meet income and reserve requirements.

Temporary 15% increase in Simplified Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) monthly benefits

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 signed to increases to the SNAP maximum allotments to 115 percent for the period from January 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021.



Notice to Food and Nutrition Services Recipients

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made several changes to the Food and Nutrition Services Program. One or more of the changes may affect the amount of benefits you receive, effective October 1, 2021.

Notice to Food and Nutrition Services Recipients

Apply Online          Report Change

Contact Us

Call: 919-212-7000
Fax: 919-212-7028
Email: [email protected] (applications) or [email protected] (active cases)
Wake County Health & Human Services
P.O. Box 46833
Raleigh, NC 27620