Access to Benefits

Improving how you access services and how we deliver services.

NC FAST

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:
1
3rd day of every month
2
5th day of every month
3
7th day of every month
4
9th day of every month
5
11th day of every month
6
13th day of every month
7
15th day of every month
8
17th day of every month
9
19th day of every month
0
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
https://epass.nc.gov/CitizenPortal/application.do

Apply for Medicaid or Health Choice
https://medicaid.ncdhhs.gov/medicaid/get-started/apply-for-medicaid-or-health-choice

Application for Food and Nutrition Services
https://policies.ncdhhs.gov/divisional/social-services/forms/dss-8207-application-for-food-and-nutrition-services/@@display-file/form_file/dss-8207-ia.pdf

Medicaid and Health Choice Applications
https://medicaid.ncdhhs.gov/medicaid/get-started/apply-for-medicaid-or-health-choice#forms

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