Harnett County,
North Carolina

Social Services 

Food and Nutrition Assistance

Food and Nutrition Assistance Program

The Food and Nutrition Assistance Program is designed to help low income families with their buying power. The households gross income must fall under the income scale according to household size.

Non-relatives who live together in the same household have the option of purchasing and preparing separately, and can apply separately for Food and Nutrition Services. Children living in the home with their parents must be age 22 to apply separately. Siblings must be age 21 or older and have children or be married to be considered separate households.

Households are certified for different lengths of time according to their household composition and situation.

The benefit amount is based on a household’s income, size, rent/mortgage, utility deductions, and other applicable deductions.

Applications for Food Assistance are taken Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

What is ePASS?

This is a secure, web-based, self-service tool to help citizens screen for potential eligibility for the following programs:

  • Food and Nutrition Services (FNS--Food Stamps)
  • Simplified Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Work First Cash Assistance
  • Crisis Intervention Program (CIP)

The program will also include a list of documents to bring to the agency when applying for benefits to help expedite the application process.

Why use ePASS:

  • Can be used anonymously 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Requires minimal data entry to help make an informed decision about pursuing program assistance
  • Provides information about the documents needed to apply for assistance to minimize return trips to the agency to supply information.

Remember: ePASS is a helpful tool to use to determine if you wish to apply for program assistance—it is not the application. Applications must be completed and submitted at Harnett County Department of Social Services to determine eligibility for the programs listed above.

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