Archives for May 2010

FNS to expand eligibility

Effective July 1, 2010, Food & Nutrition Services will be available to more households.  In a positive step forward, the NC Division of Social Services (DSS) has decided to implement changes that will allow households with a gross income of 200% of the federal poverty level (rather than the current limit of 130% of the federal poverty level) to potentially qualify for benefits.  NC DSS is also eliminating the asset test for most households.  The FNS4NC Coalition applauds NC DSS for adopting this change!  To learn more, read the story from the Star News of Wilmington.

Increasing FNS caseloads in Forsyth County

Forsyth County, located in the Triad region of the state, has like many counties seen greater demand for Food & Nutrition Services in recent months.  People in a variety of circumstances, including job loss, death of the family breadwinner, and physical injury, are going to their local DSS office for help.  Read the full article in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Carrboro Farmers’ Market matching food stamp dollars

For a limited time, the Carrboro Farmers’ Market in Orange County is matching food stamp dollars up to $20.  So, folks who use their EBT cards at the market will receive up to an additional $20 to use at the market, meaning twice the great fresh produce!  To learn more, visit the Carrboro Farmers’ Market website.

USDA launches on-line tool to locate FNS retailers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a new on-line tool that allows households to find retailers that accept EBT cards.  Learn more by reading the USDA’s press release.  Click here to locate the FNS retailers in your community.

Asheville Metro Area experiencing increased poverty and food stamp caseloads

Like many parts of North Carolina, the Asheville Metro Area is experiencing increased poverty and unemployment, and as a result, increased caseloads at the local DSS offices.  Individuals and families are having a tough time making ends meet and finding work that allows them to pay their bills.  They are relying on the good work of community organizations and valuable government supports to get them through this difficult economic climate.  Read more in the Mountain Express.

FNS4NC Coalition Member Takes Food Stamp Challenge

Tonya Post, FNS4NC Coalition member and Inter-Faith Food Shuttle employee, recently took the food stamp challenge.  Follow her journey by clicking on the links below!
Putting her money where her mouth is
Shopping Day
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four
Day Five
Day Six
Day Seven