Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

{formerly Food Stamps}

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There have been reports of the general public receiving unsolicited calls from what appears to be the SNAP toll free information hotline number: 1-800-221-5689.  The unsolicited callers are requesting personal information offering assistance for filling out a SNAP application or other non-SNAP related services such as home security systems. Never provide personal information or your credit card number over the phone to unsolicited callers. This outside entity that has “spoofed” the SNAP toll free information hotline number is not affiliated with the US Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) or SNAP. If you suspect that you are receiving illegitimate calls from 1-800-221-5689, you may file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). If you have already fallen victim to this or a similar scam, please visit: for more information on identity theft.

SNAP The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps raise nutrition levels among low-income households.

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps low-income people buy food. It’s not necessary to be receiving other public assistance in order to be eligible, but people don't receive SNAP benefits automatically — they must apply and be found eligible.

Households that meet the program guidelines for income and resources receive SNAP benefits for free. A household can be one person or a group of people who purchase and prepare meals together.

If groups live in the same house, but buy food separately, the groups may qualify as separate households.

AccessNebraska - Click here to pre-screen and apply for benefits onlineAPPLY Online, find prescreening tools and benefits calculators via ACCESSNebraska.   

Video File VIDEO / Making America Stronger /
Center on Budget & Policy Priorities

This video commemorates the 30th anniversary of the of the reforms achieved by the Food Stamp Act of 1977 by telling the story of how food stamps dramatically reduced the extent of severe hunger in our country, how they continue to help Americans in need, and how this essential program can achieve still more.

USDA Nondiscrimination-Statement

USDA Nondiscrimination-Statement Spanish

SNAP benefits can only be used to buy food. Alcoholic beverages, pet food, tobacco, paper products, or other nonfood items can't be purchased with SNAP benefits. The benefit amount is placed in an electronic account which can be accessed with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The EBT cards are accepted by most supermarkets and grocery stores. Some "Meals on Wheels" services may accept them, and recipients over age 60 and their spouses may be able to use them to pay for congregate meals.

To apply, an application must be completed and given to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, contact your nearest Health and Human Services OfficeOr, you may download an application form and mail it to the nearest Health and Human Services Office.

GO TO ACCESSNebraska to:

  • Select a self screening to determine the programs for which you may want to apply; AccessNebraska - Click here to pre-screen and apply for benefits online

  • Complete an online application that you can complete and submit electronically;

  • Print a paper application that you can complete and mail.


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Customer Service Contact:
Call (800) 383-4278
In Lincoln (402) 323-3900
In Omaha (402) 595-1258
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday


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