NC To Help 975,000 Kids Access Food During Summer 2022

RALEIGH – Eligible North Carolina children will receive additional benefits over the summer to ensure they have access to nutritious food. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recently received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to continue the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer food assistance program through Summer 2022.

The extension of Summer P-EBT will provide approximately $303 million in food assistance benefits to approximately 975,000 North Carolina children.

“For some kids, summer vacation means wondering where their next meal will come from,” said NCDHHS Secretary Kody H. Kinsley. “Children need healthy food to grow and learn, and we will continue to do everything we can to support this effort as part of the NCDHHS priority to improve child and family well-being.”

Students who received free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program in May 2022 are among the groups eligible for the P-EBT program.

“Summer P-EBT benefits and the National School Lunch Program are such important ways we can continue our mission of supporting the growth and development of North Carolina’s students,” said Catherine Truitt, N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction. “We know that improving student performance and outcomes requires mobilization of student support services, and I’m thrilled that we are able to continue providing this assistance to children and their families.”

Families can access important P-EBT information and updates on the P-EBT website. Details on the benefit issuance schedule will be posted on the website and shared via social media, and the one-time benefit amounts will be added to the website once they are finalized by the USDA.

The eligibility and benefit amounts for Summer P-EBT for students and for young children differ. Students who received free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program in May 2022 are automatically eligible for Summer P-EBT and will be issued a one-time payment in late July or early August. For families who receive Food and Nutrition Services benefits, these student benefits will be added to their existing FNS EBT card.  If a student received P-EBT benefits during the 2021-2022 school year, the benefits will be added to their existing P-EBT card. If the student did not receive P-EBT this school year, a new card will be mailed.

To access Summer P-EBT benefits, a student who is not already approved for free or reduced-price meals needs to apply by Aug. 31, 2022. If approved for free or reduced-price meals, the student will be automatically eligible for Summer P-EBT. To apply, contact your student’s school or school district. Many have online applications. 

Young children under age 6 receiving FNS benefits and Child Care P-EBT benefits for the 2021-2022 school year are automatically eligible for Summer P-EBT and will be issued a one-time payment in late July or early August. Young children’s benefits will be added to their household’s FNS EBT card.

To access Summer P-EBT benefits, families with children who were 5 years old or younger at the start of the 2021-2022 school year (Sept. 1, 2021) can submit an FNS application by Aug. 15, 2022. If approved for FNS, these children will also become eligible for Summer P-EBT and will receive those benefits in September or October. 

For more information on P-EBT, visit

North Carolinians interested in applying for FNS benefits may apply online here or through your local county department of social services.

P-EBT is a federally funded, temporary food assistance program that helps families during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Summer P-EBT is an extension of school year 2021-22 benefits. P-EBT is administered by the NC Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the NC Department of Public Instruction.


    • Captain Obvious do you remember when a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, a dozen eggs, and a pack of cold cuts didn’t cost 20 dollars. I’ve got no problem with programs that help children recieve something to eat.

    • Yes but also when a parent knew they couldn’t provide a good life for their child they could get a legal abortion in any state. Now that right has been taken away. Again, the right isn’t pro-life because they sure won’t help any one in need, all they do is complain about the parents failing. This is just the beginning of a lot more need for food stamps. medicaid, etc. Y’all asked for it, now let’s see how you handle it … my bet it very very poorly.

      • Have you ever really looked into who is most likely to adopt, foster, donate to charity? It is typically the conservatives who actually go out and make a living. Abortion was never meant as a form of birth control as a convenience. If you can’t provide a good life for a child you should keep your legs closed, use birth control or a condom. It’s that simple! The reality is the left killed abortion on their own by pushing the limits and agenda from “safe and rare” to abortion up to and including after the time of birth. That’s when people started pushing back and saying it’s gone too far and abortion needs to end because it’s murder!

      • Well, they didn’t have to get pregnant. There are way too many ways to prevent it. I guess it’s not as convenient as murder though for some people

  1. The DHHS wants the children to eat healthy yet demands they get the FRANKEN-shot. What an oxymoronic group they are.

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