NC Food And Nutrition Services Benefits Will Increase 25%
Households enrolled in North Carolina’s Food and Nutrition Services program are about to see an increase in their benefits.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced that FNS benefits will increase 25% as of October 1.
This comes following a congressionally mandated re-evaluation of the SNAP food stamp program to determine if the benefits align with the current cost of a nutritionally adequate diet.
According to an NCDHHS news release, this is the largest increase in the program’s history, with the average monthly per-person benefit rising from $121 to $157. It’s also the first benefit revision since 2006.
The 25% increase will be permanent. A temporary 15% increase created during the COVID-19 pandemic will end on September 30.
More than 1.6 million people are enrolled in the FNS program in North Carolina.