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Help Our People Eat (H.O.P.E.) has created an app that offers information and locations for meal sites, food pantries, grocery stores, and weekly stops for the HOPE food truck in Winston-Salem. The app includes maps with locations for each kind of assistance.

Go to the app online or download it from the Play Story or the App Store by searching for HOPE of WS.

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Second Harvest Food Bank has a list of agencies and organizations operate food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. Second Harvest also has a list of locations sponsoring Kids Cafes, Weekend BackPacks and schools with food pantries.

 Remember: Second Harvest serves all of Northwest NC, so be sure to scroll down to the information for Forsyth County.

 Second Harvest Food Bank offers a link to get help with applying for FNS (food stamp) benefits.

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Forsyth County Department of Social Services administers federal and state programs that help low-income individual and families buy groceries. This includes the FNS (Food & Nutrition Services), SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and WIC (Women, Infants & Children) programs.

The amount of benefits received depends on the number of people in your home and your monthly income (after certain deductions are subtracted). Applications are taken Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Department of Social Services, 741 N. Highland Ave., Winston-Salem. Applications can also be made online at If you have questions call (336) 703-3800.

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The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Nutrition Program offers free or reduced-price meals for students whose families meet income guidelines. Thirty-nine schools that predominantly serve low-income children offer free, nutritious school meals to all students.