Impacts of federal government shutdown

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services provided the following guidance regarding FNS benefits.

  • Active Food and Nutrition Services households received their February FNS benefits earlier than normal on January 20, 2019.  Benefits received are not extra and no additional benefits will be loaded onto EBT cards until the federal shutdown is resolved.
  • Benefits received by the household do not have to be used by the end of January. Households have one year to use benefits loaded onto their EBT Cards.
  • Families should budget their benefits, so they will be able to purchase food until additional resources are made available by the federal government.
  • If individuals or families run out of food, they should contact their county department of social services to find out about other resources available within the community.
  • If an Authorized EBT retailer refuses to accept EBT cards, contact the NC EBT Call Center at 1-866-719-0141 and provide the name and address of the store. DHHS will provide this information to the USDA for investigation.
  • DHHS is waiting for further guidance from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding March 2019 benefits.

If you need emergency food assistance, please check with one of the Community Food Partners listed to the right. DSS keeps a limited supply of food as well.