We Are Here to Help.
If you wish to speak with a live person and learn more about food assistance, call MANNA’s Food Helpline at 1-800-820-1109. The Helpline is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Helpline agents will assist you in finding nearby food pantries, and they will assist with your food stamp applications.
Am I Eligible for Food Benefits?
The Food and Nutrition Program in North Carolina (FNS), formerly known as food stamps, can help struggling families buy the food they need. Benefits are provided on a debit card and are accepted at most grocery stores. MANNA staff and volunteers can help you determine your eligibility, and complete your application or recertification over the phone. You can also apply directly at your county’s Department of Social Services.
To receive FNS benefits, you need to meet certain income criteria and other guidelines. View current income limits below.
Effective October 1, 2018:
|Household Size||Gross Monthly Income
(200% categorical eligibility)*
|Gross Monthly Income
(130% of poverty)
|Each additional member||+720||+468|
*Most FNS households will fall under the 200% categorical eligibility.
Gross income means a household’s total, non-excluded income, before any deductions have been made.
Net income means gross income minus allowable deductions.
Categorically eligible households are not subject to the resource, gross, and net income limits. Non-categorically eligible households are subject to resource, gross, and net income limits. Non-categorically eligible households that contain specified individuals are only subject to the resource and net income limits.