Department of Social Services

Food and Nutrition Services

NC Relaunches P-EBT Program for Families Impacted by Virtual Learning

North Carolina announced it will continue to provide additional benefits through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to help families purchase food for children whose access to free and reduced-priced meals at school has been impacted by virtual learning for the 2020 to 2021 school year due to COVID-19.

Families do not need to apply for P-EBT. A school-aged child is eligible for the P-EBT program if their school is eligible to provide free or reduce-priced meals at school this year, and the child was eligible to receive free or reduced-priced meals during the 2020-2021 school year. The program provides a benefit on an Electronic Benefit (EBT) card. An EBT card acts like a credit card
and can be used to buy food at authorized food and grocery retailers, including most major grocery stores. Benefits received in February 2021 will be for the months of August to December 2020 for those students who are eligible.

Please visit www.ncdhhs.gov/PEBT for more information. 

Use Your EBT Card and FNS Benefits to Order Online

Update: You may now purchase groceries through Instacart from Food Lion. Once items are added to your cart, you will be able to select your FNS benefits and how much you like to apply to the order. Through March 16th Instacart is waiving all delivery and pickup fees on your first three orders using FNS benefits. 

North Carolina FNS recipient can now use their EBT card to order food online through Amazon and Walmart. Your order can be delivered or picked up at a local store. Online purchases using EBT follow the same guidelines as in-store purchases. You will not be able to use FNS benefits to pay for delivery or service charges. If an order is not eligible for free pick up or delivery, you will need to provide another payment (credit card, Pay Pal, etc). This new way to use your FNS benefits is not limited to the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue after the crisis has ended. 

Walmart Grocery Accepts SNAP/FNS

Amazon - Pay with FNS/SNAP EBT

Are you a retailer who would like to accept SNAP/FNS benefits online? You must apply directly with the USDA at the SNAP Retailer Service Center

 

ebtEDGE Mobile Application Now Available 

Food and Nutrition Services and Work First recipients can now access account information through a free mobile application called ebtEDGE. The app allows individuals in the FNS and WF programs to use their smartphone to look up real time account balances, deposit/transaction history, benefit schedules, and locate EBT retailers. Recipients are still able to use existing channels, such as calling the EBT Call Center at 1-888-622-7328.

The ebtEDGE application is available through Google Play and iTunes. 

Food and Nutrition Services

Food and nutrition services, (formerly known as food stamps), assist eligible households with the purchase of food. A household may consist of an individual person or multiple families living together in one dwelling. Eligibility for food and nutrition assistance is based on income and reserve guidelines.

Citizens now have a choice to come into the office to apply, fill out a paper application, or use the new electronic application EPass! Click on the link below, create an account with NC FAST, fill out the application (be sure to designate Montgomery County as your county of residence), and electronically send the application to the agency. Our dedicated staff will process the application and contact you if there are further needs to assist in the approval process!

http://epass.nc.gov/CitizenPortal/application.do

If you wish to speak to someone please feel free to contact the Food and Nutrition Supervisor:

Kristina Hernandez, Deputy Director
Office: 910-576-6531 x. 1123
FAX: 910-576-5016
102 East Spring Street Drawer N
Troy NC, 27371