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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina is offering help putting food on the table to victims of the devastating storms that swept through the state earlier this month.

The Department of Health and Human Services says that starting Friday it will open the food stamps program to people not normally eligible for the help. The program will be offered in 18 counties, including Bladen and Onslow, that were most affected by the April 16 tornadoes.

Residents of those counties can receive the benefit, known as the Food and Nutrition Services program, for up to a month. It’s open to people who’ve suffered damage to their home, loss of wages or other setbacks as a result of the storms.

Applications for assistance can be made from now until May 6 at sites in each county.

Bladen County
4/29/11–5/3/11
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Spaulding-Monroe Alumni Assoc.
508 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Bladenboro, NC 28320

Ammon Comm. Building
13129 Hwy 242 North
Elizabethtown, NC 28337

Powell-Melvin Center
450 Smith Circle Dr.
Elizabethtown, NC 28337

Onslow County
4/29/11–5/3/11
8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Onslow County DSS
Emergency Assistance Building
New River Shopping Center
1249 C Hargett Street
Jacksonville, NC 28540

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