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On May 22, 2020 the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services began distributing a one-time supplemental payment to families enrolled in the Work First Cash Assistance program with one or more children. These payments are intended to help vulnerable families during the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. says:

“So many North Carolina families are in need right now, with many people out of work or seeing a reduction in working hours. This one-time payment will provide thousands of our most economically vulnerable families with extra financial support to help pay for basic necessities.” 

All Work First Cash Assistance families that received a benefit in April 2020 and had one or more children in their household will receive a supplement of $265 per child for a total of more than 17,000 children. Some families will receive the payment today on their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, others will receive the payment on Monday May 25, 2020 via a direct deposit. 

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