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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.

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Recipients who cannot shop for themselves

Recipients who are handicapped or physically unable to shop for themselves can name someone they trust as an authorized representative. To name such a representative, contact our Customer Connection Call Center at 704-336-3000

Women, Infants, and Children funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Do you need milk and food for yourself and your small child?

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program is managed by Public Health. For details on how low-income women, infants, & children up to age 5 can receive benefits, visit WIC resources under Public Health.

Apply Online for FNS with ePass

ePASS provides a secure, web-based, self-service website for North Carolinians to both apply for and manage Food and Nutrition Services benefits.

Programs require additional evaluation for eligibility. If approved, you will receive notification of start and end dates for your benefits.