Medicaid & Food & Nutrition Services

Medicaid is a health insurance program that offers coverage for individuals, families, and children who meet financial and other requirements. The Food and Nutrition Services or Food Stamp program provides monthly supplements to eligible individuals and families to purchase healthy foods. Medicaid and Food and Nutrition Services are entitlement programs.

Paper applications, recertification forms, and required verifications can be emailed to DSS.

Notice to Class of Proposed Settlement of Franklin V. Kinsley

View a copy of the proposed settlement of Franklin v. Kinsley (PDF).


Medicaid is a health insurance program for low-income individuals and families who cannot afford health care costs. There are many different Medicaid programs, and the eligibility requirements vary slightly between programs. View more information about Medicaid; learn about the requirements for different programs. Apply through the North Carolina Health and Human Services' online program.

View Notice of Your Rights Under Hawkins v. Cohen (PDF). En Español (PDF).

Food & Nutrition Services (Food Stamps)

The Food and Nutrition Program (Food Stamps) is a federal food assistance program that provides low-income families a monthly supplemental allotment of benefits issues via Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards (commonly known as an ATM card). The Food stamp program is an entitlement program, all eligible individuals and households can receive assistance.

You may be eligible for Food and Nutrition Services if your total income falls below the appropriate gross income limits for your household size. Eligibility workers determine which income limit applies to your household.

Eligible individuals will receive Food and Nutrition benefits no later than thirty days from the date of application. Individuals with special circumstances will be allowed to receive Food and Nutrition benefits within seven days of the application. View more information on Food and Nutrition benefits; apply for Food and Nutrition benefits through the North Carolina Health and Human Services' online program.

Information You May Need When Applying for Services

To assist you with the Medicaid and Food and Nutrition Services applications, listed below are verifications you may be asked to provide to determine your eligibility. If you do not have any of this information you may still complete an application and interview for services. Individuals can apply online or in person at the Social Service building; no appointment is necessary.

To submit the required verification electronically, email them to DSS

  • Name/Identity:
    • Driver's License
    • Work/School/Health Benefit ID
    • Voter Registration Card
    • Birth Certificate
  • Address/Residency:
    • Voter Registration/Library Card
    • Utility Bill
    • Rent/Mortgage receipt
    • Mail received at your address
  • Earned Income:
    • Check stubs
    • Letter or note from your Employer
    • Employee W-2
    • Income Tax Forms
    • Self-employment Bookkeeping Records
  • Unearned Income (Social Security, Veterans benefits, Child Support, Retirement):
    • Bank Statement
    • Benefit Award Letter/Benefit Payment Check
    • Child Support Agreement
    • Income Tax Forms
  • Expenses:
    • Rent or Lease Agreement/Mortgage
    • Property Tax/Homeowner's Insurance Statement
    • Day Care receipts
    • Medical Expense receipts