Food & Nutrition Services
Food Assistance is a federal program that provides a monthly allotment of Food Stamp benefits issued via Electronic Benefit Transfer cards (ATM cards).
The Food Stamp Program is a federal program that provides a monthly allotment of Food Stamp benefits issued via Electronic Benefit Transfer cards (ATM cards). The Food Stamp Program is an entitlement program, so all eligible individuals and households can receive assistance. Food Stamp benefits may be used to purchase most foods at participating authorized (FNS) retailers.
Items that may not be purchased with food stamps include:
- pet food
- paper products
- soap products
- alcoholic beverages.
Eligible households must be given the opportunity to receive Food Stamp benefits no later than thirty days from the date of application. Individuals with special circumstances must be given an opportunity to receive Food Stamp benefits no later than seven days from the date of application.
Helpful Items to Bring
Listed below are things you may be asked to provide or may be needed to determine your eligibility for Economic Services. If you do not have any of this information you may still complete an application and interview for services:
- Driver's License
- Work/School/Health Benefit ID
- Voter Registration Card
- Birth Certificate
- Voter Registration/Library Card
- Utility Bill
- Rent/Mortgage receipt
- Mail received at your address
- Check stubs
- Letter or note from your Employer
- Employee W-2
- Income Tax Forms
- Self-employment Bookkeeping Records
Unearned Income (Social Security, Veterans benefits, Child Support, Retirement):
- Bank Statement
- Benefit Award Letter/Benefit Payment Check
- Child Support Agreement
- Income Tax Forms
- Rent or Lease Agreement
- Mortgage/Property Tax/Homeowner's Insurance Statement
- Day Care receipts
- Medical Expense receipts
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Household Composition
- Citizenship/Immigration Status
- Work Requirements
Individuals residing together, but purchasing and preparing their meals separately, may participate in the Food Stamp Program as a separate household. Some individuals, whether they purchase and prepare their meals separately, must participate in the Food Stamp Program as one household.
Individuals who must participate in the Food Stamp Program as one household are:
- Individuals living together who purchase/prepare their food together or will do so upon receipt of food assistance
- Spouses living together or individuals representing themselves as husband and wife to the community
- Individuals under 22 living with a parent
- Individuals under 18 under the parental control of an adult living in the home; or
- Two unmarried adults living in the same home who are parents of a mutual child
Each member of the Food Stamp household must be an U. S. Citizen, or an immigrant admitted to the United States under a specific immigration status. Citizens and eligible immigrants must also meet all other Food Stamp Program eligibility requirements to receive assistance.
All households must meet an income test to receive benefits. Income limits vary by household size. See the NC Division of Social Work Services income guidelines for details.
To learn more about the Food Stamp Program, please visit the United States Department of Agriculture's web site.
You can also...
- Call us at (910) 455-4145
- Visit us at 612 S College St., Jacksonville NC 28540
- By mail - PO Box 1379, Jacksonville, NC 28541
SNAP Retailer Locator
Want to know which stores in your area accept Food Assistance Benefits? USDA has created this retailer locator to help you find retailers that welcome SNAP EBT customers. Click the "Select Location" button and enter a starting location. Click a map point to get details and directions. Click "En Español" to view the page in Spanish.