Households receiving FNS benefits can now enroll for the Healthy Helping program

08.18.2020

Households receiving FNS benefits can now enroll for the Healthy Helping program

How to Enroll

Contact Brunswick County Social Services’ Healthy Helping phone line to enroll (see full details below): 910.253.2161

BOLIVIA, N.C. – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with Reinvestment Partners, a non-profit organization, to offer additional benefits for fruits and vegetables to current Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) households who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Reinvestment Partners operates a program called Healthy Helping where FNS households receive an additional $40 per month for three months to purchase fruits and vegetables at any North Carolina Food Lion store. The North Carolina General Assembly provided $2.5 million to Reinvestment Partners’ Healthy Helping program to serve approximately 20,000 FNS households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with the Healthy Helping program.

Enrollment is easy. Brunswick County FNS recipients should call Brunswick County Social Services at 910.253.2161 and leave the following information on the Healthy Helping phone line (please note, recipients must have a Food Lion MVP card to obtain the benefits):

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Food Lion MVP card number

Once the information is received, staff contact the recipient to completed enrollment. Benefits are added to the recipient’s MVP card. Funding expires December 31, 2020 and monthly benefits last for 3 months. To learn more, please visit www.healthy-helping.org

Healthy Helping (Español)

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Healthy Helping es un programa de recetas de frutas y verduras para aquellos afectados por COVID-19. Puede comprar frutas y verduras frescas, congeladas o enlatadas sin sal, azúcar ni grasa añadidas.

Es fácil utilizar Healthy Helping:

  1. Inscríbase en el programa por teléfono con un administrador de atención médica
  2. Añada $40 en su tarjeta MVP haciendo una compra de cualquier cantidad utilizando sus tarjetas MVP y SNAP EBT
  3. Gaste dólares de Healthy Helping cada vez que compre frutas y verduras elegibles utilizando su tarjeta MVP

Para ser elegible, el individuo necesita:

  1. Ser un recipiente actual de SNAP
  2. Estar afectado por COVID-19

Repita el Paso 2 cada mes para añadir otros $40 en su tarjeta MVP de Food Lion y continúe comprando frutas y verduras elegibles.

Healthy Helping es un beneficio de tres meses. Puede gastar sus $40 por mes en cualquier tienda Food Lion en el estado de Carolina del Norte.

Brunswick County Social Services: 910.253.2161

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For media inquiries, contact the Public Information Officer at 910.253.2995 or email meagan.kascsak@brunswickcountync.gov

County Contact Information & Virtual Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brunswick County is urging individuals to visit our website and to call or email county departments for assistance first before visiting county offices. The County now requires appointments for in-person visits.

Not sure who to contact? Call our main line and we can help direct your calls.

  • Main County Contact Information: 910.253.2000 / 800.442.7033