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. It helps provide individuals and families with their basic nutritional needs to get them through temporary hard times.
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 2015, the SNAP Outreach team helped over 7,000 households receive benefits totaling $17.6 million that went back into the economy.
To apply for SNAP benefits, please contact a SNAP outreach 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.
A mobile pantry is a traveling food pantry that delivers food free of charge directly to communities in a one-day food distribution. The goal is to provide food where there is a high need but limited resources. Food Bank for the Heartland works with a nonprofit agency to schedule a mobile pantry and advertise it in the community.
In 2016, the Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry program distributed 3.7 million pounds of food to approximately 41,760 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.
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 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 8,400 packs to children in need each week in 245 schools across Nebraska and western Iowa. During the 2015-2016 school year, 52 percent of the children who received packs lived in rural communities and 48 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 low-income children. Kids Cafe serves evening meals in partnership with community organizations that offer a safe environment after school.
Food Bank for the Heartland supplies meals for 15 Kids Cafe sites in Omaha, Bellevue, Carter Lake, Council Bluffs and South Sioux City. The Kids Cafe program serves over 1,700 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-two percent of children receive free or reduced school lunches and are seeking other resources for meals when school is out of session.
Food Bank for the Heartland and The Omaha Salvation Army recognize this need and collaborate during the summer for the Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen program (KCK).
In its sixth year, KCK brings hot, nutritious meals free of charge to the places where children live and play such as parks, libraries and apartment complexes. Children 18 years of age and under are eligible for free meals.
Utilizing four food trucks, KCK distributes meals to 22 mobile sites in Omaha, Bellevue, Ralston, La Vista and Plattsmouth. Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen operates May 31 through August 5 during the weekdays. In 2016, KCK served over 55,000 meals.
Funding for KCK comes from the Nebraska Department of Education, Child Hunger Ends Here and from additional private donations.
For information about Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen, please contact Hannah Glenn, Assistant Director of Network Relations, at 402.905.4817.