Source: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS)
Because of the federal shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has instructed states to issue February's Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits early. On Sunday, January 20, 2019 households already receiving FNS benefits will receive their February FNS benefits that would normally be available between February 3rd and 21st. Once issued there will not be additional benefits issued to those households in February. Please budget for buying food wisely! New applications will continue to be taken and processed.
At this time, the USDA has not provided information about the availability of benefits beyond February while the shutdown is in place. The NC DHHS is working closely with county departments of social services and our federal partners to ensure participants have little to no interruption of FNS services due to the shutdown.