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Food & Nutrition Services

How It Works

The Food & Nutrition Services 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.

There are seven food banks in the state of North Carolina as a food stamp outreach initiative.  A user-friendly, bilingual website (www.fns4nc.org) External Linkwas recently launched to inform the community about Food & Nutrition Services (formerly the Food Stamp Program).  Pitt County is one of the target counties. The website answers many questions about the program and allows you to download an application.

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Who Is Eligible

To receive Food & Nutrition Services Assistance, you must meet certain requirements:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or qualified legal immigrant.
  • You must have or apply for a Social Security number.
  • You must meet the income and reserve requirements.

ePASS is short for Electronic Pre-Assessment Screening Service and is a quick and easy way for customers to get information about benefits and services that may help them. When you have finished, we will tell you the programs that you may be potentially eligible to receive and how you can apply for these programs. A final eligibility decision cannot be made until you apply at your local department of social services.

Eligibility Requirements (what documents are needed when you come to apply)

The following chart describes the SNAP and Food and Nutrition Services Eligibility Requirements criteria.
PLEASE NOTE: In reference to the "What's Needed" column on the chart, if we are unable to establish eligibility for assistance, additional information may be required.

Eligibility Requirement

What's Needed

How Often


Contact with someone knowledgeable of your situation, ID

At application or if questionable

Address/ Living With/Living Arrangement

Lease, rental agreement, contact with someone knowledgeable of your situation

At application, review, change in situation, if moving


Birth certificate/date of birth

Client's statement acceptable


Client statement, contact with someone knowledgeable of your situation

At application, review, change in situation

Citizenship/ Alien Status

Verification of citizenship/alien status via Immigration and Naturalization Service

At application, or whenever appropriate

Social Security Number

Valid social security card or number

At application. or until received

Student Status

Bank records, student's financial records

At application, as needed


Marriage certificate, court records, Military ID

As needed

Work Capacity

Medical statement from doctor

As needed


Statement from doctor

At application, as needed

Health Insurance

Seeing policy or card

As needed

Wages/Self-Employment Public Benefits/ Private Retirement Benefits/ Trust, etc.

Wage stubs, tax forms contacting employer, Documents from provider, award letter

At application, review, change in situation


Ownership and tax records -bank and court documents

At application, review, change in situation

Gas and Electric Bills

Copy of bills

At application, review, and change in situation

Food & Nutrition Services Application    (Click here to download application)

For more information, please contact your local county Department of Social Services or email ncdhhs.