Extra Food and Nutrition Services benefits enacted during the pandemic to end in March
In North Carolina and nationally, emergency allotments for COVID-19 in the Food and Nutrition Services program – which used to be called Food Stamps -- will end in March.
Households that have been receiving extra benefits since March 2020 or after will see a reduction after the federal government ended emergency allotments for all states.
"Families needed these additional benefits to get healthy and nutritious food throughout the pandemic," said Susan Gale Perry, NCDHHS Chief Deputy Secretary for Opportunity and Well-Being. "While FNS emergency payments are ending, the need is not. We will continue to prioritize food security for all North Carolinians."
As part of the COVID-19 public health emergency, families in North Carolina have been receiving at least $95 extra per month. With the end of emergency allotments, the average FNS benefit per person per day will decrease from $8.12 to $5.45.