Since March 2020, the state’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program has been adding “emergency allotments” to its payouts due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Many will see those payments reduced in March 2023, as the feds have made a change that puts an end to the extra benefits. The benefit reduction will impact 900,000 households in North Carolina. Payments likely will go from $8.12 to $5.45 a day — at least $95 dollars less a month.
“Families needed these additional benefits to get healthy and nutritious food throughout the pandemic,” Susan Gale Perry, NCDHHS chief deputy secretary for opportunity and well-being, said in a press release. “While FNS emergency payments are ending, the need is not. We will continue to prioritize food security for all North Carolinians.”
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said approximately $150 million federal dollars were funneled into local economies monthly due to the boost.
Beneficiaries will receive the regular monthly benefit this March based eligible income, household size and other federal requirements. FNS recipients can view their regular monthly FNS benefit amount and emergency allotment here, or update information to reflect their situation.
NCDHHS is working to increase access to food support by growing the NCCARE360 network to help connect families in need to resources in their communities. Additionally, the NC Medicaid Healthy Opportunities Pilot program is connecting people in certain counties with food vouchers and other services to boost their overall health.
Anyone needing food assistance can sign up here.
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