Am I Eligible to Receive Assistance?
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 are available to check your eligibility and complete your application or recertification; you can also apply directly at your county’s Department of Social Services.
To receive FNS benefits, you need to meet certain income and other guidelines. View current income limits below.
If you wish to speak with a live person and learn more about FNS and whether or not you may be eligible, 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.
To directly link to the North Carolina E-Pass Portal for information about FNS and other state programs you may be eligible to receive, click here.
Effective October 1, 2017:
|Household Size||Gross Monthly Income
(200% categorical eligibility)*
|Gross Monthly Income
(130% of poverty)
|Each additional member||+698||+453|
*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.