Food and Nutrition Services

Food & Nutrition Services

Food and Nutrition Services helps individuals and families with little or no income buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet.  Benefits are issued on an EBT card, which works like a debit card, which can be used at most grocery stores and some farmers markets.

To get Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) your household must meet income limits.  To find out if you are eligible you can fill out an application and return it to Social Services.  If you cannot fill out the entire application, please fill out your name, address, phone number and signature.  If you need help filling out the application, please contact Social Services and ask for assistance. You can also fill out an application and submit it online.

The amount of income a household can earn to be eligible for Food and Nutrition ServicesNumber of Household Members:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
$1265 $1705 $2144 $2584 $3024 $3464 $3904 $4344 $4784 $5224

Pregnant women and children up to the age of 5 may also be eligible for the WIC program.  Please visit their website for more information:


Food and Nutrition Services Applications – Sharon Parker, Supervisor   (252) 492-5001 ext. 3217


Food and Nutrition Services Re-certifications – Crystal Reeder, Supervisor  (252) 492-5001 ext. 3214


Program Manager – Joan Harlow  (252) 738-3798

Frequently asked questions:

What can I buy?

Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) can be used to buy food items at most grocery stores and some farmers markets.  FNS can also be used to buy seeds to grow fruit and vegetables.  FNS cannot be used to buy tobacco, pet food, paper products, soap products, or alcohol.

How do I use the EBT card?

The “Electronic Benefits Transfer” (EBT) card is like a debit card.  FNS benefits are put onto the EBT card each month.  The EBT card is swiped at the checkout.

How soon will I start getting my benefits?

If you are able to get FNS, you should get your EBT card within 30 calendar days of returning your application to Social Services.  Households that are able to get emergency benefits should get their EBT card within 7 calendar days of returning their application.



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