Division of Student Affairs

New Food Assistance & Broadband Benefits for College Students

Posted on Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 by Jolie Helton under Uncategorized. Tags:

Two new government benefits are now available for access by college students.

The first is related to food assistance. The North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services has expanded eligibility for food assistance benefits to help college students. Some college students are now eligible to receive assistance through the Food & Nutrition Services (Food Stamps) program. To be eligible, students must have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have documentation of an estimated family contribution of $0 on their federal student aid determination or eligibility for work study. Eligible students who have applied for FNS benefits will receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, similar to a debit card, that can be used to purchase food at a grocery store, farmers markets or online through Amazon, Walmart, Aldi, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Food Lion, Carli C’s and Publix.

You can determine if you are eligible and apply for food assistance here or contact your county’s Department of Social Services. This additional assistance runs through June 30, 2021.

The second benefit is the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB). Beginning on May 12, eligible households – which includes Federal Pell Grant recipients – will be able to apply. The EBB will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

Households can apply for the EBB in three ways beginning May 12:

  • Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process. 
  • Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you.
  • Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center, P.O. Box 7081, London, KY 40742 

As a reminder to UNCG students – if you are experiencing difficulty, we have resources here to help! The Spartan Open Pantry is located at 509 Tate Street and provides free food distributions for UNCG students each Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 – 9 p.m. They also provide free hot to-go meals Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 – 7 p.m. In addition, there are SOP To-Go locations in the Mossman Building, Gove Student Health Center, Dean of Students Office, and Kaplan Center. This is a service that helps folks who need immediate food assistance and cannot wait until the regular SOP distribution.

The Dean of Students Office also coordinates the Student Assistance Fund for Emergencies (SAFE Fund). The SAFE Fund is a non-cash emergency fund initiative set up to provide one-time emergency assistance to matriculating students with short-term unexpected and or unavoidable financial emergencies. This includes – but is not limited to – immediate, unexpected medications or medical care, sudden or unexpected food insecurity, homelessness, or the sudden loss of the student’s primary residence. For more information and to apply, click here

We hope this information will be beneficial to you! If you are struggling or in need of help, don’t be afraid to reach out. We’re here to help and to connect you with the proper resources.