Thousands line up for disaster food stamps in Lenoir Co.


KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Thousands lined up to apply for disaster food stamps in Lenoir County.

Applicants are asked about their income, their resources and the dollar amount of their losses.

That can include as much as a car or as little as a back-up generator.

Those who qualify will be given an amount based on the number in their household. For a family of one, the limit is $1,664.

They can be used at any vendor or grocery store certified by USDA, but not in restaurants.

Applications are available until Wednesday at 5 p.m.

“We key them in pretty quickly, so if someone tries to apply a second or third time they won’t get benefits more than one time,” said Valerie Williams, income maintenance administrator at Lenoir County Department of Social Services. “Because once it’s keyed in anybody in the state of North Carolina can tell that you’ve already applied.”

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