Food Security Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about food security in Wake County. If you have additional questions, please contact Sydney Klein, Food Security Program Manager, at or 919-250-3795.

How does SNAP work?

What is WIC?

  • WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. It is a federal program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. WIC provides healthy foods, nutrition and breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and community services. WIC serves babies and children up to age 5, pregnant women, and new mothers.
  • The program does not require a Social Security number, proof of citizenship, or a background check to receive benefits.
  • To find out if you qualify, visit WIC Program.

Can I have WIC and SNAP?

Yes! Families who are eligible for both WIC and SNAP can receive both.

How do I find out if my child's school has a food pantry?

If you or your children are enrolled in a Wake County school and would like to know if your school has a pantry, please contact Michael J. Pesce, Director of Social Work, at

Which markets take SNAP?