Public assistance in Cumberland County North Carolina.

Services are offered for families and individuals in Cumberland County. Public assistance is available for the low income, working poor, and military members as well as veterans. Every year thousands of families receive assistance from the various government organizations, non-profit agencies, and the Cumberland County Department of Social Services.

Food and Nutrition Services is the federal government public assistance resource that provides a monthly allotment of groceries and food via Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, which are similar to ATM cards. The formal name is the Food Security Program, and at the end of the day it is a government entitlement program. Cumberland County families, individuals and households can receive food assistance. The vouchers and benefits provided by the government are used to purchase groceries, perishable items, and food at participating supermarkets and grocery stores. One of the main objectives is to help people improve their nutrition.

Cash assistance and a host of other social services and public assistance is offered to Cumberland County residents from Work First. This is a state of North Carolina public assistance initiative that focuses resources on helping people find work and increasing personal responsibility. It can provide welfare recipients job training, job placement in Fayetteville and Cumberland County, retention counseling, transportation assistance, and child care to help them leave welfare for work and gain self-sufficiency. Domestic violence counseling and substance-abuse treatments are available when needed as well. The Cumberland County service provides Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), financial/medical assistance and other government aid to families that meet state and federal eligibility requirements.

Cumberland County Medicaid is run by the Department of Social Services. This resource is a public health insurance program that is offered for low income families, qualified seniors, and disabled. The program is paid for by both federal and state funds, and is also governed by federal government and state laws. A few main components of Medicaid exist, and they are below.

  • Medicaid for Infants and Children (MIC) – This is health care and medical coverage for children under the age of 19 whose parents’ household income is below the established limits.




  • Medicaid for Families with Dependent Children (MAF) – Health care and medical coverage is available for qualified lower income and working poor families with children in their household under the age of 21.
  • Medicaid for Pregnant Women (MPW) – Low income pregnant women can receive medical coverage.

Subsidized and financial assistance for child care can enable families to access childcare and developmental experiences for children who are less than thirteen years old. Programs and assistance is offered to support parents while they seek employment or attend job training. Applicants also need to meet low income guidelines in order to receive assistance. The Cumberland County program also provides direct cash and public assistance with administering payments to child care providers.

NC Health Choice for Children is offered to families with children through age 18. The family’s income also needs to be below 200% of the federal government poverty level. In order to qualify for this medical program, children must be ineligible for government Medicaid coverage and not be covered under any comprehensive health insurance program.

To learn more or apply for any of these programs or resources, contact the Cumberland County Department of Social Services. They can also assist people with learning about and applying for military assistance programs. Address is 1225 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301, phone (910) 323-1540

Or stop by the Spring Lake Family Resource Center location at 103 Laketree Blvd, Spring Lake, NC 28390.




By Jon McNamara

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