NC Budget and Tax Center

Thursday’s vote in Congress would take food away from at least 133,000 North Carolinians

The U.S. House is preparing to vote on the 2018 Farm Bill this Thursday, a bill that drive up food insecurity, damage the well-being of families and hurt communities across the state.

While there are multiple issues with this bill, including imposing even more severe obstacles for North Carolinians looking for work and failing to address the needs of struggling military families. One of the more sinister provisions would get rid of a rule called categorical eligibility. Data from the Department of Health and Human Services from 2017 shows that this change would take food assistance from 133,000 North Carolinians, including more than 51,000 children who would also be at risk of losing their free or reduced lunch. These are largely working families with children whose parents work low wage jobs and critically need this food assistance in order to place food on the table.

In addition to making sure that thousands of North Carolinians don’t go hungry, eliminating this provision could actually cost the state. This change would make FNS rules more complicated and administratively burdensome, requiring the state to alter its FNS eligibility rules, modify NC FAST (the state’s new benefits delivery system) and applications, and retrain staff. By reducing efficiency and increasing workload, this would likely increase administrative costs—the only state costs associated with FNS benefits—and potentially raise FNS error rates.

See how many people would be impacted in your county:

CountyAll IndividualsChildren
North Carolina132,90251,236
Alamance2,010833
Alexander417134
Alleghany12337
Anson453139
Ashe34097
Avery18759
Beaufort677197
Bertie33174
Bladen581197
Brunswick1,354451
Buncombe3,1411,096
Burke1,042353
Cabarrus2,8871,311
Caldwell1,086334
Camden6118
Carteret792248
Caswell27760
Catawba2,334906
Chatham884385
Cherokee32563
Chowan20654
Clay12936
Cleveland1,397419
Columbus670222
Craven1,165393
Cumberland4,3301,635
Currituck20374
Dare361136
Davidson2,246810
Davie523207
Duplin1,034456
Durham4,6082,062
Edgecombe787221
Forsyth5,3072,239
Franklin920338
Gaston2,8401,060
Gates13034
Graham7822
Granville745278
Greene351136
Guilford7,5993,033
Halifax933246
Harnett1,611628
Haywood750238
Henderson1,266484
Hertford34886
Hoke855350
Hyde5919
Iredell1,187471
Jackson406126
Johnston3,0971,274
Jones19151
Lee1,233502
Lenoir868312
Lincoln800280
Macon517164
Madison22768
Martin373114
McDowell699228
Mecklenburg15,6747,003
Mitchell17733
Montgomery455190
Moore831299
Nash1,280505
New Hanover2,638966
Northampton31981
Onslow1,906697
Orange1,207482
Pamlico16546
Pasquotank662231
Pender746259
Perquimans17745
Person524144
Pitt2,427840
Polk19653
Randolph2,066812
Richmond811250
Robeson2,144771
Rockingham1,153346
Rowan1,830634
Rutherford840241
Sampson1,334542
Scotland37999
Stanly679214
Stokes405114
Surry1,135363
Swain13447
Transylvania357111
Tyrrell6320
Union2,5181,149
Vance885301
Wake10,2974,617
Warren30586
Washington15142
Watauga300106
Wayne1,993785
Wilkes1,044345
Wilson1,534573
Yadkin539207
Yancey27189

One Comment


  1. William D Larson

    May 15, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Corporate gains led to social losses. Use some of the military unexplained losses to pay for these programs.

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