North Carolina Division of Health and Human Services, Food and Nutrition Services

Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is a federal food assistance program that helps low-income families. In North Carolina monthly allotments of FNS benefits are issued via Electronic Benefit Transfer cards (EBT cards). The purpose of FNS is to end hunger and improve nutrition and health. Through the program, eligible low-income households receive assistance to help them buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet.

WIC Program

WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture for Women, Infants and Children. To learn more about the program, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, click on WIC.


The development of a child's brain holds the key to the child's future. Although the "first years last forever" in terms of the rapid development of young children's brains, the actual first years of a child's life go by very quickly. So touch, talk, read, smile, sing, count and play with your children. It does more than make both of you feel good. It helps a child's brain develop and nourishes the child's potential for a lifetime.