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Nonprofits offering free and reduced-price meals

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Wilson Educational Opportunities and Nash-Edgecombe Economic Development are participating in a federal program to provide free and reduced-price meals to children and adults.

The local nonprofits are offering meals through the U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded Child and Adult Care Food Program, according to news releases prepared for the organizations by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Children who are enrolled in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, whose households receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations benefits or who are Head Start participants are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits.

Adults who are members of food stamp or FDPIR households or who are Supplemental Security Income or Medicaid participants are automatically eligible for free meals.

Income limits for free meals are $21,112 for a two-person household, $26,546 for a three-person household, $31,980 for a four-person household, $37,414 for a five-person household and $42,848 for a six-person household, according to eligibility guidelines provided by the state human services department.

For reduced-price meals, the limits are $30,044 for a two-person household, $37,777 for a three-person household, $45,510 for a four-person household, $53,243 for a five-person household and $60,976 for a six-person household.

Agencies participating in the USDA program are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities can contact the USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 for accommodations.

For information about the meal programs, contact Wilson Educational Opportunities at 252-291-4694 or Nash-Edgecombe Economic Development at 252-442-8503.

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