Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services handles the food stamp benefits program for the state. The food stamp program is called SNAP in Nebraska. You can also find out more information about the Food Distribution Program, which is another food support benefit program for underprivileged households. The USDA donates food to participating agencies in the food distribution program, such as schools, child care agencies, charitable organizations, summer food service programs and food banks. SNAP is a federal and state program for food assistance. Low-income households that struggle to supply a good, healthy diet to their families are the most eligible for the food stamp program. A household must meet the program guidelines for income and resources (which are sometimes called assets) to receive benefits from SNAP. A household may mean a group of people living together or a single individual. If groups live in the same house, they must buy food separately or combine their benefits into one household. In general, husbands, wives, children under 22 and disabled persons qualify as one household. SNAP benefits are also specific as to what you can buy. For instance, you cannot buy alcohol, tobacco products, pet food, paper products or other non-food items. Funds are delivered electronically to an EBT card , which is accepted at most grocery stores and super markets. You can find out more about the SNAP program in Nebraska through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website.
Applying for Food Stamps
Applications can be filled in and sent in through ACCESSNebraska, the online portal to benefits programs in the state. From this webpage, you can conduct a self screening to see what benefits you qualify for and complete an online application. You can also download and print an application to turn into a local office or fax. Once on the ACCESSNebraska webpage, click "Enter in English" and select an option such as "Online Assessment to see which programs might fit your needs" or "Complete an application for DHHS Benefits." You can also use this website to report changes in your household or submit more documents necessary to determine your eligibility. You need some basic information about yourself to finish an application, such as your name, social security number, contact details and signature. The head of household is the only person who can apply for benefits for several people. Single individuals can file separately. It's important to use the screening tool if you don't know how to file or want more information about what information is necessary for eligibility. Once you finish your application, you will receive an interview from a DHHS representative to further determine your eligibility. During the interview, you will need to provide some proof of identity, income and household size, as well as resource information.
Receiving Food Stamps
Your benefits will be approved only if you are eligible according to the income and household requirements. Even then, there are some individuals who cannot qualify for food stamps, such as workers on strike. There are specific program guidelines that determine the basic requirements for families. However, aid is distributed on a situational basis, which means that you could still receive aid even if you fall out of the range of the program guidelines. In general, if you have a household size of four and make less than $2,422 a month, you are eligible to receive food stamps in Nebraska. There are also maximum SNAP allotments based on your household size. For a household of four, the maximum amount you can receive is $668 per month. These funds are distributed on an EBT card which you receive after you are approved to receive SNAP. The card can be used to purchase items much like a debit card.
Finding Food Service Locations
SNAP is the federal name for the food assistance programs. Every state has multiple SNAP locations. In fact, every county should have multiple locations where you can use your card. You can find specific locations near you using the SNAP retailer locator on the federal website. To talk to someone about finding a location nearest you or to request a form, you can contact the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services directly at (402) 471-3121. If you want to request forms or more information, you can write to: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services301 Centennial Mall SouthLincoln, Nebraska 68509