Food & Nutrition
Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps) is for low-income families to assist them in affording nutritional foods. You receive the assistance by obtaining Electronic Benefit Transfer cards (EBT cards).
Three ways to apply for Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps):
- Apply online with ePASS
- Apply in person at Richmond County Department of Social Services (DSS); Please fill out the application ahead of time
- Fill out a paper application and mail it to or drop it off at DSS
Call 910-997-8422 if one of these methods will not work for you.
Watch the video on how to apply online with ePass.
- Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT)
- Replacement/Supplement Request
- Nutrition Education
- Simplified Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) is an electronic system that replaced paper food stamps with a plastic card that is similar to a credit or bank card. Recipients use EBT cards to access FNS benefits. EBT cards can be used at any USDA authorized retailer. Most major grocery stores are USDA authorized retailers.
Recipients may change the PIN at any time. Training is available to recipients who have any problems accessing the system.
|If your SSN ends in:||Your benefits will be available after 6 a.m. on the:|
|1||3rd day of every month|
|2||5th day of every month|
|3||7th day of every month|
|4||9th day of every month|
|5||11th day of every month|
|6||13th day of every month|
|7||15th day of every month|
|8||17th day of every month|
|9||19th day of every month|
|0||21st day of every month|
Remember to check your balance before you shop.
Frequently Asked Questions
Eligibility workers determine which income limit applies to your household.
Income: You may be eligible for Food and Nutrition Services if your total income falls below the appropriate gross income limits for your household size.
|HOUSEHOLD SIZE||130% MAXIMUM GROSS INCOME LIMIT||200% MAXIMUM GROSS INCOME LIMIT||MAXIMUM BENEFIT ALLOTMENT|
|Each Additional Member||(+479)||(+738)||(+146)|
Replacement/Supplement Request Form
If you are a current North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services recipient or Simplified Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) recipient that has suffered a food loss due to a power outage or flooding from Hurricane Isaias, and you have not already received a replacement, you have 10 days from the date of the loss to request a replacement by filling out the DSS 1678 Replacement/Supplement Affidavit form (Spanish version). You will need to print the form, complete and sign it, then mail, fax, or drop it off at your Richmond County Department of Social Services.
Simplified Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
This program is designed to deliver food assistance to elderly individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). All SNAP cases are one-person households. SNAP is a simplified version of the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS).
Individuals must meet the following criteria to be eligible for SNAP:
- Receive SSI (individuals may have other income as well) and
- Be age 65 or older and
- Not living in an institution or in an Alcohol/Drug Treatment Center (ADTC) and
- Residing in North Carolina and
- Purchases and prepares food separately from other people living in the home and
- Not receiving Food and Nutrition Services or SNAP in another state and
- Not disqualified from the regular Food and Nutrition Services Program
Note: Married individuals living in the same home cannot be considered a separate household.
Income and deductions are not considered when determining SNAP allotment amounts. Only shelter costs are used to determine the allotment amount.
Allotment amounts for SNAP are as follows:
The FNS allotment amount is $105 if the rent, mortgage, and/or lot rent expense is $200 per month or higher.
The FNS allotment amount is $65 if the rent, mortgage, and/or lot rent expense is less than $200 per month.
SNAP Application Procedures
Individuals applying for regular Food and Nutrition Services will be evaluated for and authorized for SNAP if the criteria for SNAP is met and the SNAP allotment amount is equal to or greater than the current allotment amount. Potential SNAP recipients are identified monthly via the North Carolina State Data Exchange (SDX) match process and are automatically mailed a SNAP application. Applications are processed within 30 days from the date the application is received in the local DSS agency. Eligible households automatically receive an EBT card with PIN instructions once the SNAP application is approved. SNAP cases are certified for three years.
SNAP Conversion Process
Current Food and Nutrition Services cases meeting the SNAP eligibility criteria will automatically convert to a SNAP case if the SNAP allotment amount is equal to or greater than the current allotment amount.