Access to Benefits

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NC FAST (North Carolina Families Accessing Services through Technology), is for households applying for Food and Nutrition Services only. The NC FAST Program is designed to improve the way North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) and the 100 county departments of social services conduct business. NC FAST introduces new technological tools and business processes that will enable staff to spend less time performing administrative tasks and more time assisting families.

The ePASS system can currently be used to apply for Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) and Medicaid.

FNS Issuance Dates (Based on Social Security Number)

If your SSN ends in:
Benefits will be available after 6PM on the:
3rd day of every month
5th day of every month
7th day of every month
9th day of every month
11th day of every month
13th day of every month
15th day of every month
17th day of every month
19th day of every month
21st day of every month

If you do not have a Social Security Number, benefits are available on the 3rd day of every month.
Remember to check your balance before you shop.

Please see the links below for additional assistance:

ePASS Public Portal of NC FAST

Apply for Medicaid or Health Choice

Application for Food and Nutrition Services

Medicaid and Health Choice Applications

Social Services: 1650 Greenfield Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-3500 • Fax 910-798-7824
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