NC’s Simplified Nutritional Assistance Program


What would you do with extra food dollars each month?

Are you at least 65 and receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?  Then you may be eligible for the Simplified Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is simplified version of North Carolina’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Program (food stamps) that has fewer program rules and a shorter application, making it easier for older adults to enroll in and receive food benefits.




You are eligible for SNAP if you meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Receive SSI,
  • Age 65 or older,
  • Do not live in an institution,
  • Live in North Carolina,
  • Buy and cook food separate from other people living in your home, and
  • Do not receive FNS, food stamps, or SNAP in another state.

If you qualify for the SNAP program, the amount of assistance you’ll receive is determined solely by looking at your monthly mortgage and/or rent expenses.

  • If your rent, mortgage, and/or lot rent expense is $150 per month or higher, you’ll receive $103.00 per month.
  • If your rent, mortgage and/or lot rent expense is less than $150 per month, you’ll receive $55.00 per month.

It’s important to consider that you may qualify for more benefits by applying for the regular FNS program if:

  • Your rent or mortgage expenses are more than $250 per month; OR
  • Your medical expenses are more than $35 per month. (Read our blog about eligible medical expenses here.)

You can learn more about SNAP and FNS by calling More In My Basket at 1-855-240-1451. We are happy to answer questions you have, complete a quick eligibility screening, and/or help you complete the SNAP or FNS application.