All North Carolinians should get the latest information on COVID-19 directly from reliable sources. The COVID-19 outbreak has been accompanied by a flood of misinformation from unreliable sources. Be thoughtful about what you read or hear about the virus and make sure you are separating rumor from fact before you act. COVID-19 information from across state government, including information about unemployment, can be found at www.nc.gov/covid19
Buncombe County Health and Human Services Public Health still strongly recommends the continued use of face coverings in all public indoor spaces, even if you are vaccinated..
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Anyone 5 years of age and older can now get a COVID-19 vaccine in Buncombe County.
Help Buying Food
If you already receive help buying food through Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), NCDHHS has received permission to enhance benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more. Additionally, participants will be able to purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards at authorized online EBT retailers. Call the EBT Call Center at 1-888-622-7328.
If you have a total income that falls below the gross income limits for your household size, you may be eligible for help buying food through FNS. See if you're eligible.
If you need immediate help buying food, call 2-1-1. Parents who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877.
Children who receive free or reduced lunch or attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school will be automatically enrolled for a benefit of $257 per child through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program.
The NC Division of Employment Security has information for people filing for unemployment.
Resources for Renters Facing Eviction
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