North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services participants can now purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards at an additional authorized online EBT retailer, Publix Super Markets Inc. This flexibility will allow participants to buy food while promoting social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will help families with transportation and mobility barriers.
ALDI, Amazon, BJ’s, Carlie C’s, Food Lion, and Walmart have also been approved for online FNS purchases.
FNS participants will be able to use their benefits to purchase eligible food items from online retailers but will not be able to use their benefits to pay for service or delivery charges. The participant will be required to pay for these charges with another form of payment, such as a debit or credit card.
Online purchasing which will remain permanently in place beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apply for Food and Nutrition Services
Food and Nutrition Services is a federal food assistance program that provides low-income families the food they need.
Benefits are issued via Electronic Benefit Transfer cards (EBT cards). There are three ways to apply for Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps):
- Apply online with ePASS.
- Apply in person at your county Department of Social Services (DSS) office. It helps to fill out as much of the application as possible ahead of time.
- Fill out a paper application Open PDF and mail to or drop it off at your county DSS office.
More information about North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services can be found at www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/low-income-services/food-nutrition-services-food-stamps, and North Carolina individuals and families can apply for FNS at epass.nc.gov.