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Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that provides free or low-cost health coverage to millions of Americans, including some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. You can apply for Medicaid through the Health Insurance Marketplace or directly with your state Medicaid agency. To apply through the Marketplace, visit the application website to create a Marketplace account and complete an application.


Food and Nutrition Services is a federal food assistance program that provides low-income families the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet. Benefits are issued via Electronic Benefit Transfer cards (EBT cards). There are three ways to apply for Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps):

Local office:

Address: 3030 11th Avenue Drive, SE, Hickory, NC 28602
P.O. Box 669 Newton, NC 28658 
State Courier #: 09-70-03
Phone: 828-695-5600 
Fax Number: 828-695-2497


WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children funded by the United States Department of Agriculture to assist with purchasing nutritious foods. WIC is a program for: children up to 5 years of age, infants, pregnant women, breastfeeding women who have had a baby in the last 12 months, women who have had a baby in the last 6 months To apply, fill out the referral form: https://www.nutritionnc.com/wic/wic-referral.asp and submit to:

Catawba County Health Department
3070 11th Ave Dr SE
Hickory, NC 28602

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