When North Carolina Food Stamps Are Scheduled in January 2023

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Like most states, North Carolina is distributing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits following the same schedule each month, including January 2023. Benefits are paid between the 3rd and 21st of the month based on the last digit of Social Security. number. SNAP recipients can also expect another large Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in January. This will increase your benefits by 12.5%.

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SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is a federal program that provides food-buying assistance to low-income families. Although part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program is administered at the state level.

North Carolina’s SNAP program, known as Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), is administered by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHSS). SNAP rewards are credited to North Carolina Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards.

SNAP eligibility is based on household size and income. There are three ways to apply for SNAP/FNS benefits in North Carolina.

  1. Online with ePASS.

  2. In person at your county’s Department of Social Services (DSS) office. It helps to fill out as many forms as possible in advance.

  3. Complete the paper application and mail or bring it to your county DSS office.

SNAP recipients in North Carolina can use their EBT cards to receive discounts on certain products and services. For example, a SNAP recipient can sign up for her Amazon Prime EBT discounted subscription for $6.99 per month. EBT cards can also be used for free or discounted admission to hundreds of museums, aquariums and zoos nationwide. Free or low-cost landline or cell phone service is also available through the Federal Lifeline Program.

SNAP benefits are paid on the same day each month, even if it is a weekend or holiday. If you don’t have a social security number, your benefits will be paid on the 3rd of every month.

Here is the SNAP payment schedule for January 2023 in North Carolina:

If the SSN ends with:

Benefits available after 6am:


January 3rd


January 5th


January 7


January 9


January 11th


January 13th


January 15th


January 17th


January 19th


January 21st

FNS recipients can use their EBT cards at grocery stores and USDA authorized retailers. To see where SNAP benefits are available, visit her SNAP retailer locator at USDA. Once there, click “Enter SNAP Retailer Locator” and enter your address.

You can also use your SNAP EBT card to purchase fresh produce at participating farmers markets. USDA’s Food Nutrition Service (FNS) provides a monthly list of market names and locations nationwide that are currently authorized to accept SNAP benefits.

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SNAP benefits can be used for the following grocery purchases:

  • fruits and vegetables

  • meat, poultry, fish

  • dairy products

  • bread and cereal

  • Snack food and non-alcoholic beverages

  • A seed or plant that produces food for domestic consumption.

Items that cannot be purchased through SNAP include alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, vitamins, medicines, supplements, live animals, pet food, cleaning products, paper products, and cosmetics. SNAP cannot be used to purchase hot meals in North Carolina.

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This article originally appeared on North Carolina Food Stamps Scheduled for January 2023

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