Extra COVID-19 Federal Food Benefits Will End in March


Households that have been receiving extra Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits, (called “emergency allotments”) each month since March 2020 or after, will see a reduction in benefits because of a federal change that ends emergency allotments for all states.

In North Carolina and nationally, emergency allotments for COVID-19 through the FNS program will end in March 2023.

As part of the COVID-19 public health emergency, families enrolled in the FNS program in North Carolina have been receiving at least $95 extra per month since March 2020 through emergency allotments. With the end of emergency allotments, the average FNS benefit per person per day will decrease from $8.12 to $5.45.

Beneficiaries will continue to receive their regular monthly benefit amounts in March 2023 based on a person’s or household’s current eligibility, income, household size and other federal eligibility requirements. North Carolinians in need of additional food assistance can learn more about additional food and nutrition resources at: ncdhhs.gov/foodresources.