Mansur Shaheen | Jan 6, 2021
Food and Nutrition Services recipients in North Carolina will receive a temporary 15 percent increase in benefits. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced the change after receiving additional funding through the December COVID-19 relief bill passed by the federal government.
The additional benefits will be available immediately and will run through June 30.
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“We want to do everything possible to support North Carolinians who need help buying food, and increasing benefits for hundreds of thousands of families will be instrumental in meeting that need,” said David Locklear, Deputy Director for Economic and Family Services.
Last year, North Carolina increased SNAP benefits by 5 percent for recipients across the state for the 2021-22 fiscal year. The state also enhanced benefits for recipients in November in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Another temporary increase was also put in place for some SNAP recipients in May.