Food and Nutrition Services


Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is the new name for the Food Stamp Program in North Carolina.  The Food and Nutrition Services Program has expanded eligibility requirements and increased deductions, allowing more North Carolinians to benefit from extra food dollars, which in turn allows them to stretch their food budgets and put three balanced meals on their tables daily.

Food Bank of the Albemarle calls its Food and Nutrition Services Outreach Program, “FNS Outreach”.  FNS Outreach helps reduce the anxiety and barriers that many people may experience when trying to navigate through the Food and Nutrition Services Program requirements. FNS Outreach staff partner with agencies and food pantries across Food Bank of the Albemarle’s 15 county service area to make applying for FNS benefits easy and convenient for all residents.  The FNS Outreach staff may also provide FNS recertification assistance to clients residing in the 15 county coverage area.

Am I Eligible to Receive Food and Nutrition Services?

To receive Food and Nutrition Services, you need to meet certain income and other guidelines.  Current income guidelines are shown below.

 Maximum Monthly Income – Effective October 1, 2019:

1 $1,354 $2,082 $194
2 $1,832 $2,820 $355
3 $2,311 $3,556 $509
4 $2,790 $4,292 $646
5 $3,269 $5,030 $768
6 $3,748 $5,766 $921
7 $4,227 $6,502 $1,018
8 $4,705 $7,240 $1,164
Each Additional Member (+479) (+738) (+146)

Note:  Gross income refers to a household’s total income before any deductions are subtracted.  Net income refers to gross income minus FNS allowable deductions.

Note:  Depending upon a household’s eligibility category, resources limits may also apply.  Once a household’s eligibility category is determined by the Department of Social Services you will be notified of resource limit requirements.

. Click Here for additional information about the FNS services provided by Food Bank of the Albemarle. 

Food Bank of the Albemarle FNS Application/Recertification Assistance

Food Bank of the Albemarle FNS Outreach staff are available to help answer questions regarding the application process, procedures, guidelines, supply the proper forms, and assist with completing the application process.  The FNS application process may be completed by visiting Food Bank of the Albemarle or by phone contact to Food Bank of the Albemarle.

Food Bank of the Albemarle

FNS Outreach Coordinator

Phone Number Email Address
Ann Thomas 252-312-4236 anthomas@afoodbank.org
Darlene Reid 252-312-6282 dreid@afoodbank.org
  • Call Food Bank of the Albemarle’s Food & Nutrition Service Workers-Darlene Reid (252-312-6282) or Ann Thomas (252-312-4236) to inquire about application assistance.

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