A provision of the NC Senate bill will take away critical food assistance for 133,000 North Carolinians. By prohibiting the state from utilizing categorical eligibility, low-income North Carolinians with high expenses such as child care will no longer be eligible to receive SNAP (formerly known as food stamps). In addition to families losing food assistance, many of the 51,000 children affected are also at risk of losing free or reduced cost lunch. Data provided by the Department of Health and Human Services shows that North Carolinians in every county will be impacted by this. With this provision, North Carolinians across geographies, county lines, and from various backgrounds are all at risk of losing important supports.
As is shown in the map above, every county will be affected by the elimination of categorical eligibility. Click here to see how many adults and children will be impacted in your county.
Brian Kennedy II is a Public Policy Fellow for the Budget & Tax Center, a project of the North Carolina Justice Center.