Food & Nutrition Services

Program Overview
The Food and Nutrition Services program provides monthly benefits allowing low-income households to buy food. The amount of assistance depends on a family’s eligibility. Benefits are issued monthly by an electronic benefits card.

The EBT card can be used at a store just like a debit card. Each use of your card is automatically deducted from your benefit balance. You will be given a receipt that shows the amount of your remaining balance for the month.

Ways to Apply
In Person or Express Application
You can apply anytime Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. or pick up an application, complete it, and mail it to us.

Express Application Center:
DSS, 100 NE Gold St.
Wilson, NC 27894

You can mail a completed application to us at:
PO Box 459
Wilson, NC 27894

At the Social Security Administration 

individual applying at Social Security Administration for Social Security Income can also apply for Food Assistance at the Social Security Office and they will mail it to the Department of Social Services.

By Fax
You can have an application faxed to you, and you may fax applications to us at 252-206-4198. For more information call us at 252-206-4000.

Information to Bring

  • Birth Certificates
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Verifications of:
    • Assets such as bank accounts, property, insurance policies, etc.
    • Income
    • Monthly utility expenses
    • Rent / mortgage