DHHS Seeks Applicants for Grant Programs Designed to Ensure Food Security in Nebraska

News Release
For Immediate Release: 9/13/2022

Jeff Powell, Office of Communications, (402) 471-6223;


Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is seeking applicants for two grant programs, both funded under American Rescue Plan Act appropriations by the Nebraska Legislature under LB 1014. 

The first opportunity is $17.5 million in Food Bank Capacity (FBC) grants, which are available to nonprofit organizations that focus on food distribution in 10 or more c​ounties in Nebraska and qualify for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

The second opportunity is $2.5 million in Food Security Innovation Grants (FSIG), intended to decrease Nebraska's reliance on national supply chains, support local businesses, create local and regional economic resilience, encourage healthy eating habits, reduce food deserts, and support partnerships between local businesses and partners. 

DHHS plans to announce awards for FBC grants in mid-September and for FSIG in mid-October. To view the Requests for Applications for both programs, please visit https://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Grants-and-Contract-Opportunities.aspx

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