Food and Nutrition Services
Providing healthy food options to families and individuals who need it.
Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services Food and Nutrition Services provides assistance to households with limited income and resources. Limits are different, depending on the number and ages of persons in the home. The benefit amount is based on the amount of income available to the household members who buy and cook their food together. Benefits cannot be used to purchase items such as detergents, paper products, tobacco products, or alcoholic beverages.
Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT)
EBT is the method North Carolina uses to issue Food & Nutrition Services benefits. The FNS benefits are placed in an EBT or E-Funds account each month. FNS recipient households use a plastic magnetic stripe card, much like a credit or debit card, to buy food at USDA authorized grocery stores. Once an FNS application is processed, the head of household is sent an EBT card.