How Do I ...
Online Services
Public Records
Customer Connection
Mecklenburg Transportation System (MTS)
Volunteer at DSS
Internships with DSS
Contract Administration
Program Integrity Unit
Business Affairs Division
Economic Services Division
Services for Adults
Youth and Family Services Division
Community Resources Division

Applications now available online with NC ePASS

Food & Nutrition Services

Simplified Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Program Description: SNAP identifies and provides Food and Nutrition Services benefits to North Carolina residents who meet certain requirements such as to those age 65 or older who receive Supplemental Security Income. You can now apply for Simplified Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) with North Carolina ePASS online.


Work First

  • Program Description: North Carolina's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is called Work First.  Parents can get short-term training and other services to help them become employed and self-sufficient.  Most families have two years to move off Work First Family Assistance. All adults who are included in the assistance payment must have a Mutual Responsibility Plan of Action agreement that requires the individuals to work or participate in work-related activities.  These adults must complete all of the requirements on their agreement each month before receiving Work First cash assistance
    • Application Process: you must apply in person. Completing the work book before you come into apply might be helpful, but is not required.
    • WorkFirst Workbook
You may choose to fill out and bring the below forms with you when applying for public assistance.


ePASS is an easy-to-use internet-based tool that allows individuals to apply online for Food and Nutrition Services and/or Medicaid without having to visit a Social Services office. ePASS is accessible from any computer that has access to the internet. Interested individuals may also use the ePASS tool to check for potential eligibility for programs before doing an actual application. Once the user answers a few questions online, ePASS will display the programs for which the individual may be potentially eligible to receive and application instructions. The individual may then complete and electronically submit the application to the local DSS office where a final eligibility decision will be made. To take advantage of this new tool, please visit


Printed from: