It's A Snap!

Need help buying healthy food? Apply for SNAP… “It’s a SNAP!”

What is SNAP you may ask? SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamp program. It is a temporary assistance program to help people going through hard times by providing extra money to buy food until they can get back on their feet. This can include individuals, families, college students, people with disabilities and older adults. Many people find themselves strapped for money at certain times, especially when dealing with a personal or family crisis such as job loss, reduced hours, illness, surgery, accident, or death in the family. Many families that are working can still qualify to receive SNAP assistance. Every family situation is unique and is looked at case by case when applying.

Eligibility is based on household size and income. A household is defined as anyone who eats together and shares meals together. Depending on the household size, income, resources and expenses, the SNAP benefit amount will vary for each family or person.

In the United States, 13 million children and 5.4 million senior citizens don’t have enough food. Seniors who live alone may especially be at risk.

If a person or family qualifies, they are then able to buy healthy food by receiving monthly benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, similar to a debit card. Shopping with SNAP is easy and discreet.

Four Corners Health Department can now assist you or someone you know in applying for this beneficial program. You can contact them at (877) 337-3573 or (402) 362-2621, or for answers to your questions or to set up an appointment time. There is also a SNAP Outreach Hotline number for questions - at (855) 444-5556. The Food Bank of Lincoln also accepts donations of money and non-perishable, non-expired food items.