Commodity Supplemental Food Program
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income older adults at least 60 years of age by supplementing a person's diet with nutritious USDA commodity foods. To receive commodity foods, you must be income eligible and be a resident of Nebraska. To find out more information about CSFP, log onto http://www.fns.usda.gov/csfp/commodity-supplemental-food-program-csfp.
Food pantries provide emergency food support to people in need. These sites serve people directly with emergency food support. The program is not intended to be an ongoing food program. Food pantries are located throughout the state. To find out more about Food Pantries, contact the Nebraska Farm Hotline vist http://www.foodpantries.org/.
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. 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 Office. Or, you may download an application form and mail it to the nearest Health and Human Services Office. GO TO ACCESSnebraska.ne.gov/ to complete an online application or for further assistance contact the Main Switchboard: 402-471-3121.
Meals on Wheels is a generic term to define organizations that have the primary function of providing meals for seniors in their home. The guiding principle is to help those who are elderly, homebound, disabled, frail or at risk. Each local organization is run independently and has their own rules. Check with your local Area Agency on Aging for availability of meals on wheels services in your area.
A senior center is a community focal point where older Nebraskans come together for service and activities. Individuals come to centers for meals, services, activities, volunteer opportunities, information and more. View a list of Nebraska Senior Centers.
Senior Farmer's Market Program
Nebraska's low-income senior citizens can enjoy locally grown, farm fresh fruits and vegetables during the market season. To participate in the Senior Farmer's Market Program, you must meet the financial requirements and sign up for the coupon program at your local participating senior center. For more information on the Senior Farmer's Market Program, contact your local Area Agency on Aging.
For more information, contact:
Department of Health & Human Services
Division of Medicaid & Long-Term Care
State Unit on Aging
301 Centennial Mall South
P. O. Box 95026
Lincoln NE 68509-5026
Phone: (402) 471-2307,
1-800-942-7830 (Nebraska only)
Fax: (402) 471-4619