COVID-19 support services program to continue with food assistance in 34 counties, 14 in ENC

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RALEIGH, NC – As of Monday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Support Services Program, as well as the Central and Eastern Carolina Food Bank North Carolina, will provide food assistance to North Carolina residents in 34 counties facing food insecurity. resulting from the need to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19.

Additionally, the NCDHHS is extending program eligibility to North Carolinians in counties who are at high risk of serious illness due to COVID-19, as defined by the CDC.

“Providing assistance services has enabled thousands of North Carolinians to self-quarantine and safely isolate to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen , MD. continuing this agenda is a key part of our whole people approach to improving health and well-being and continuing to fight COVID-19. “

The 34 counties where food assistance through the Support Services Program is now available are: Brunswick, Carteret, Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pender, Person, Pitt, Richmond, Sampson, Scotland, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne and Wilson.

People who need help beyond food aid or who don’t live in one of the 34 counties may be eligible for help through the Community Health Worker Program – available in all 100 counties. Support is also available through the NCCARE 360 program.

Launched in August 2020, the support services program has evolved into two phases. Phase one helped 41,800 North Carolina households isolate or safely quarantine during the pandemic by providing groceries and meals, financial assistance payments, drug delivery and more . The first phase ended in February 2021. In this second phase, the support services program will now focus on the provision of food aid, as it is one of the services most in demand by people. beneficiaries of the program.

Those eligible for the program include those from any of the 34 counties who have tested positive or have been exposed to COVID-19 and need food to safely quarantine or isolate, as well as those who fall into the category. at high risk of CDC for serious illness due to COVID-19 and need food to isolate themselves safely. If you or someone you know falls into either of these two categories, contact a community health worker by finding your county contact details in this list on the NCDHHS website.

The Central and Eastern North Carolina Food Bank is one of the state’s seven food banks and tackles hunger in 34 North Carolina counties. In these 34 counties, nearly 600,000 people suffer from hunger. Last year alone, the Central and Eastern North Carolina Food Bank provided more than 115 million meals to families and individuals, more than a third of which were food items.

The support services program builds on the NCDHHS Community Health Worker program, which employs frontline public health workers who are trusted members of the community in all 100 counties to connect North Carolinians with medical and social supports such as diagnostic tests, behavioral health services, vaccine education and help with vaccine registration.

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