Ashe County DSS recognized for FNS outreach

Ashe County Department of Social Services (DSS) was awarded a Hunger Champion Award by the U.S Department of Agriculture earlier this year. The award was in recognition of the county’s efforts to help households enroll in Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) (formerly the Food Stamp Program). The outreach efforts were part of a year-long partnership between Ashe County DSS and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. To read the full article, click here.

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.

Changes to FNS mean more people are eligible

On July 1, 2010, North Carolina adopted changes that make it easier for households to qualify for FNS benefits.  In Burke County, DSS staff estimate a 25% increase in the number of households seeking FNS benefits.  Learn more about the expected increases and the new eligibility rules by reading the full article in the Morganton News Herald.

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.

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.

More and more families benefit from Food & Nutrition Services

Families who never thought they would need help putting food on the table are finding themselves applying for Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits (commonly known as food stamps).  The downturn in the economy has sent an increasing number of households to their local Department of Social Services (DSS) office to apply for benefits.  And, these families are thankful for the extra support.  To read the full article from the News & Observer, click here.