Archives for January 2011

New Hanover County makes it easier for households to apply for FNS

New Hanover County Department of Social Services (DSS) recently installed computer kiosks in their lobby so households could check for eligibility and begin completing the application for FNS benefits.  Now, while applicants wait to speak with a DSS worker, they can begin the application process, which saves time for both applicants and DSS workers.

Other NC counties, including Orange County, have also taken this innovative step to make the application process easier.  Read the full story from WECT.

Cold weather hits Ashe County residents hard

The cold weather that Ashe County residents have experienced this winter is making it difficult to pay for basic needs, such as heat and food.  In Ashe County and beyond, many low-income households are faced with the decision to pay utility bills or buy food because they lack the income to pay for both.  Programs such as Food & Nutrition Services ease this difficult decision since FNS benefits free up income that would otherwise be spent on food, allowing households to use that money for other necessities, such as paying a utility bill.  Read the full story in the Mountain Times.