Food and Nutrition Assistance

Extra Federal Food Benefits Due to COVID-19 Will End in March

Households that have been receiving extra FNS benefits (called "emergency allotments") each month since March 2020 or after will see a reduction in benefits in March 2023 because of a federal change that ends emergency allotments for all states. North Carolinians in need of additional food assistance can learn more about additional food and nutrition resources. Residents can apply for FNS benefits online with ePass or by filling out a paper application and mailing it to or dropping it off at their county Social Services Department.

Learn more about extra federal food benefits due to covid-19 ending in March

Los beneficios federales adicionales de alimentos debido a COVID-19 se terminarán en marzo

Los hogares que han estado recibiendo beneficios adicionales de FNS (llamados "asignaciones de emergencia") cada mes desde marzo de 2020 o después, verán una reducción en los beneficios en marzo de 2023 debido a un cambio federal que termina las asignaciones de emergencia para todos los estados. Los habitantes de Carolina del Norte que necesitan asistencia alimentaria adicional pueden obtener más información sobre recursos adicionales de alimentos y nutrición. Los residentes pueden solicitar los beneficios de FNS en línea con ePass o completando una solicitud en papel y enviándola por correo o dejándola en el Departamento de Servicios Sociales de su condado.

Obtenga más información sobre los beneficios federales adicionales de alimentos debido a covid-19 que terminan en marzo


How can people in NC apply for Food and Nutrition Services?

There are three ways to apply for Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps):

  1. Apply online with ePass
  2. Apply in person at your Human Services (DHS) office. It helps to fill out as much of the application as possible ahead of time.
  3. Fill out a paper application(PDF, 689KB) and mail to or drop off at your county DHS office.

Call your DHS office if one of these methods will not work for you. Watch the video below to learn about applying online through ePass. To learn more about FNS visit the Department of Human Services at 1303 South Cannon Boulevard, Kannapolis.


LunchPlus Club

The LunchPlus Club is more than a nutritious meal. It's a Wellness Program to engage participants socially, physically and mentally. The Club provides a variety of fun, exercise and educational activities. For participant convenience, six locations throughout Cabarrus County are available:

  • Concord
  • Midland
  • Harrisburg
  • Kannapolis
  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Northwest Cabarrus

Cabarrus County residents ages 60 and above can participate in the LunchPlus program . It provides an opportunity to meet new people and enjoy companionship. Volunteer opportunities are available. It is a fun and engaging way to contribute your time and talents.

Depending upon location, transportation is available through Cabarrus Transportation Services.