Finding the right resources can mean the difference between barely getting by – and moving forward with your life. Here, you’ll find details on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility, as well as information about the Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry program.
To find Nebraska food locations, please call the Food Bank at 1-855-444-5556.
To find Iowa food locations, please call the Food Bank at 1-855-944-3663.
SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamp program. Our program helps eligible citizens across Nebraska and Iowa who meet the stringent requirements apply for this valuable nutrition assistance.
SNAP Outreach is a cooperative effort through Food Bank for the Heartland, Food Bank of Lincoln and the Iowa Food Bank Association. It is made possible through grant funding from the Walmart Foundation, Telligen Community Initiative and Feeding America. In fiscal year 2017, our outreach specialists helped more than 7,500 Nebraska households and 4,300 Iowa households receive benefits. SNAP provides $241 million back to Nebraska’s economy and $508 million back to Iowa’s economy.
To apply for SNAP benefits, please contact a SNAP coordinator. We will walk you through the application process, help you determine if you or your family meet the income guidelines for food assistance and provide information about using the SNAP EBT card.
To apply for SNAP benefits, please visit accessnebraska.ne.gov. If you need assistance applying, please contact Nebraska SNAP Outreach at 1-855-444-5556.
To apply for SNAP benefits, please visit secureapp.dhs.state.ia.us/oasis. If you need assistance applying, please contact Iowa SNAP Outreach at 1-855-944-3663.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income individuals and families buy the food they need for good health. Unfortunately, about one-third of the eligible population does not take advantage of this benefit. Food Bank for the Heartland’s goal is to increase participation in Nebraska by helping eligible people to access this valuable nutrition assistance benefit.
Your organization’s SNAP partnership with Food Bank for the Heartland will have a positive economic impact in your local community. For more information, please contact Natalie Nelson, SNAP Intake Manager, at 402.905.4813 or visit www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligibility.
The mobile pantry program delivers food directly to communities that have a high need but limited food resources. The one-day distribution of shelf stable and perishable food is free for individuals and families. The Food Bank partners with organizations or schools to host mobile pantries. Food Bank for the Heartland works with a nonprofit agency to schedule a mobile pantry and advertise it in the community.
In FY 2017, the Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry program distributed 2.8 million pounds of food to approximately 28,000 households in need in Nebraska and western Iowa.
If you are looking for food assistance, please view the list of upcoming mobile pantries. You may also call 2-1-1 or go to United Way for the Midlands. 2-1-1 is a United Way help-line that connects individuals with a pantry and other emergency assistance close to their homes.
If you are an agency partner or community organization wishing to host a mobile pantry, please contact the Network Relations department at 402.331.1213.
Mobile Pantries in September
One in five children in Nebraska and western Iowa under the age of 18 is at risk for hunger. Food Bank for the Heartland partners with organizations throughout the region to provide programs and resources designed to help kids stay fed, healthy and happy. Learn more about the BackPack Program, Kids Cafe and Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen below.
Chronically hungry students are identified by staff members at local elementary schools. Food Bank for the Heartland supplies packs filled with healthy food for those children to take home on Friday afternoons. Each pack contains two cereal pouches, two entrees, two shelf stable milks, one juice, one fruit leather and one fruit cup. They are delivered to participating schools by Food Bank volunteers and staff members.
The BackPack program launched in 2006 with just three schools participating, and today we are distributing 8,300 packs to children in need each week in 240 schools across Nebraska and western Iowa. During the 2016-2017 school year, 47 percent of the children who received packs lived in rural communities and 53 percent lived in the Omaha metro area.
To learn more about the BackPack program, please contact Michelle Sause, Assistant Director of Network Relations, at 402.905.4832. For sponsorship information, please contact Brian Barks, Director of Development & Communications, at 402.905.4808.
View a list of schools participating in the Backpack program.
Donate online using the Virtual BackPack Drive sponsored by the Woodhouse Auto Family.
Volunteer to assemble backpacks at Food Bank for the Heartland.
Kids Cafe is one of the nation’s largest free-meal service programs for at-risk children. Kids Cafe serves evening meals in partnership with community organizations that offer a safe environment after school.
The Food Bank supplies meals for 14 Kids Cafe sites in Omaha, Fremont, Carter Lake, Council Bluffs and South Sioux City. The Kids Cafe program serves over 1,790 meals each week. The Food Bank works with the following organizations to provide Kids Cafe locations:
For information on starting a Kids Cafe, please contact Megan Burton, Network Compliance Coordinator, at 402.905.4829.
While their classmates are swimming and playing outdoors during summer vacation, 146,000 Nebraska children worry about finding their next meal. The summer months are especially difficult for children at-risk for hunger and their families. Forty percent of children receive free or reduced school lunches and are seeking other resources for meals when school is out of session.
To combat the epidemic of childhood hunger, the Food Bank and the Omaha Salvation Army collaborate during the summer for the Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen (KCK) program which serves hot, nutritious meals free of charge at the places where children live and play.
Four food trucks travel to 27 sites across the Omaha metro area providing more than 55,000 meals to kids in need. KCK operates May 30 through August 11 during the weekdays. In 2017, KCK served over 55,000 meals.
Funding for KCK comes from the Nebraska Department of Education, Women Investing in Nebraska and from additional private donations. Children 18 years of age and under are eligible for free meals.
For information about Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen, please contact Hannah Glenn, Assistant Director of Network Relations, at 402.905.4817.