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Social Services

Food Assistance Program

The Food Assistance Program is designed to promote the general welfare and to safeguard the health and well-being of the nation's population by raising the levels of nutrition among low-income households.

Applying for Food Assistance

Anyone may apply for food assistance: eligibility information will be discussed during the interview process. Applications for Food Assistance are taken Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Department of Social Services located at 80 Academy Street, Bryson City, NC 28713. If you are disabled or elderly you may have someone you trust to apply on your behalf, or you may call our office at 828-488-6921 for a telephone interview. If you choose to ask someone to apply for you, you may complete the Designation of Authorized Representative form and have your representative bring it to the interview.

Authorized Representative Application: http://info.dhhs.state.nc.us/olm/forms/dss/dss-1688-ia.pdf

Forms that are needed to begin the application process are:


Additional information may be needed and will be discussed during the interview.

The Food and Nutrition Services program provides assistance to those families whose financial condition fall within the United States poverty guidelines.

EPASS Online Application for Food Assistance

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new program to allow citizens to apply for Food Stamps (FNS) benefits online. The program is called ePASS (Electronic Pre-Assessment Screening Service). This program provides citizens the opportunity to create an online account and apply for FNS services and benefits 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This service will also allow applicants to determine their own potential eligibility for Food and Nutrition Services. ePass will allow any North Carolina resident to:

  • Apply Online
  • Sign and Submit an FNS appllication electronically
  • Check Application Status
  • Withdraw electronicallhy submitted application using ePASS


Department of Social Services
80 Academy Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

Mailing Address
PO Box 610
Bryson City, NC 28713


Sheila Sutton, Director
Phone 828-488-6921
Fax 828-488-8271

Office Hours