Program DescriptionThe Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income people buy food. It's not necessary to be receiving other public assistance in order to be eligible, but people don't receive SNAP automatically - they must apply and be found eligible. SNAP benefits are given free of charge to households that meet the program guidelines for income and resources. A household can be one person or a group of people who purchase and prepare meals together. If a group lives in the same house but buys food separately, they may each qualify as a separate household. SNAP benefits can be used to buy only food. Alcoholic beverages, pet food, tobacco, paper products, or other non-food items cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits. The benefit amount is placed in an electronic account, which can be accessed with an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Most supermarkets and grocery stores accept the EBT cards. Some "Meals on Wheels" services may accept them, and recipients over age 60 and their spouses may be able to use them to pay for congregate meals.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Nebraska and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,250.01 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). Households that are eligible for the Expanded Resource Program (ERP) can have liquid resources under $25,000.01. You must also have an annual household income of less than $14,079 if one person lives in the household; $18,941 if two people live in the household; $23,803 if three people live in the household; $28,665 if four people live in the household; $33,527 if five people live in the household; $38,389 if six people live in the household; $43,251 if seven people live in the household; or $48,113 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,862 for each additional person in the home.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessTo apply online for Nebraska Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and all other benefit programs administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services please fill out an application using ACCESSNebraska
Or, you may download the SNAP application and mail it to the nearest Health and Human Services Office.
Program Contact Information
For more information on this program, please visit: http://dhhs.ne.gov/children_family_services/Pages/fia_fstamps.aspx