SNAP helps low-income people buy food. While it isn’t necessary to be receiving other public assistance to qualify, Nebraskans don’t receive SNAP automatically — they must apply and be determined to be eligible.
Anyone may apply for benefits but the program is designed to help those who need food assistance most. Priority is given to low-income families, single mothers, the disabled and elderly SSI recipients.
Benefits are issued through the state’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card that is accepted at most grocery stores nationwide.
- Who qualifies for food stamps in Nebraska?
In order to qualify for SNAP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Live in Nebraska
- Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
- Show proof of identity
- Meet certain income guidelines
- Have less than $5,000 in resources
As a condition of eligibility, all SNAP recipients in Nebraska must meet the general SNAP work rules or the ABAWD work rules unless otherwise exempt.
- What is the income limit for food stamps in Nebraska?
Most families in Nebraska with gross income up to 130% of the federal poverty level, about $2,250 a month for a family of three, qualify for food stamps.
- Can you use Nebraska EBT in other states?
Yes. SNAP benefits are interoperable through the use of your EBT card which means you can use your Nebraska EBT wherever EBT is accepted anywhere in the United States including the District of Columbia, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
You can apply for SNAP online at ACCESSNebraska. If you do not have internet access, you can request a paper application from your local DHHS and submit it in person.
If you need help completing the application, please call Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-254-4202.