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Getting Nebraska Food Stamp Assistance


Food stamps are federal government benefits that are available to low income people in all states to purchase food. In Nebraska, the food stamp program is called the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and it is administered through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.


In order to get food stamp benefits in Nebraska, you must apply for them and meet the eligibility requirements.


Nebraska SNAP Eligibility Requirements


You must be a Nebraska resident and US citizen or legal immigrant in order to qualify for SNAP benefits. You will have to provide proof of those requirements as well as have a Social Security Number.


You will also need to meet certain income and asset requirements. You must have under $2,001 in all of your bank accounts combined or under $3,250.01 if you have a disabled person or person 60 years old or older in your household.


You also must meet gross monthly income limits in order to be eligible for food stamps. The following are the most current income limits for Nebraska residents:


  • If you have a household of 1: $1245 or $1580 if you have an elderly or disabled household member
  • If you have a household of 2: $1681 or $2133 if you have an elderly or disabled household member
  • If you have a household of 3: $2116 or $2686 if you have an elderly or disabled household member
  • If you have a household of 4: $2552 or $3239 if you have an elderly or disabled household member
  • If you have a household of 5: $2987 or $3791 if you have an elderly or disabled household member
  • You can ask your local Health and Human Services Department for information on income limits for larger households.


You may also have certains expenses, like shelter costs, utilities and child support obligations, deducted when calculating your income.


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Applying for Nebraska SNAP Benefits


You can check your eligibility and fill out an application online or you can go to your local Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Office and fill out an application or download it and mail it in.


Look for your local Health and Human Services Office in your county, such as Douglas County or Lancaster County.


Once you've completed and returned your application, you will have to have an interview with a Health and Human Services worker to complete your application and determine if you meet the eligibility requirements.


What Happens Once You Get SNAP Benefits


If you're eligible for SNAP benefits, you will begin receiving your monthly benefits through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. This is basically a debit card that you can use to purchase your food at stores where it's accepted. Most grocery stores and supermarkets accept EBT cards.


You can use your SNAP benefits to buy food like meats, bread, fruits and vegetables. You cannot purchase hot, prepared foods with food stamps.


Your household size and and amount of income will determine how much you can receive in SNAP benefits. The current maximum monthly SNAP benefits are below:


  • For a household of 1: $189
  • For a household of 2: $347
  • For a household of 3: $497
  • For a household of 4: $632
  • For a household of 5: $750
  • For a household of 6: $900
  • For a household of 7: $995
  • For a household of 8: $1137
  • Add $142 for each additional household member beyond 8.


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Stretching Your Food Stamp Benefits Even Further


Did you know that there are ways to make your food stamp benefits last even longer? With careful planning and budgeting, you can stretch your benefits out as long as possible.


You can also combine your food stamp benefits with grocery coupons to save even more money for your other necessities and bills.


Grocery Coupon Network has thousands of printable, online coupons that are categorized in easy to find ways, such as by food type or by local grocery stores. You can find coupons for your favorite Nebraska stores, like the Bag N Save in Omaha, or other well-known stores like Aldi.


Grocery Coupon Network also makes it easy to find resources like double coupon stores in Nebraska so you can really maximize your savings.


Make sure to take advantage of these valuable resources so you can continue to put healthy and delicious meals on the table for your family.

 

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