Food Stamp recipients approved to buy hot meals in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – Food and Nutrition Services (food stamps) recipients in all 100 counties in North Carolina are approved to purchase hot meals from authorized Electronic Benefits Transfer retailers starting, Saturday October 15.

According to a news release from the state Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina officials made the request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The waiver will run through November 14.

“Under normal Food and Nutrition Services rules, hot food prepared for immediate consumption is not eligible for purchase at authorized retailer,” the release said. “With the widespread damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, many citizens in North Carolina have been displaced from their homes.”

Areas affected by Matthew are allowing current food stamps recipients to receive replacement benefits. The deadline for replacement requests is Tuesday, October 18.

The state is still awaiting federal approval to provide disaster food stamps to residents who do not currently receive the benefits, but who had flood damage or power outages.

For more information on the hot food waiver, call 211 or go to