Bluestem Health can help you apply for SNAP Assistance

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SNAP assistance offers supplemental assistance for nutrition to low-income individuals and families going through difficult financial times. The goal is to help alleviate food insecurity. SNAP assistance is available at Bluestem Health. Contact Bluestem Health to apply 402-476-1455.

What is Food Insecurity?

Food insecurity is a lack of access, at times, to adequate nutrition for a healthy lifestyle. It exists in every community in the U.S.. The Feeding America Study conducted in 2016 shows that in Nebraska, “227,350 people are struggling with hunger - and of them 1 in 6 or 82,070 are children”. “47.9% of households receiving SNAP assistance have children”. The study also estimates that $2.83 is the average cost of a meal in Nebraska. Therefore, $109,894,000 more is needed per year to meet food insecurity needs in our Nebraska communities. This seems like a large cost, but economists estimate that every dollar spent on SNAP assistance stimulates the economy with $1.70 of economic activity. Therefore, $109,894,000 distributed through SNAP assistance generates $186,819,800 in the local economy. For more information about food insecurity in your local community visit: http://map.feedingamerica.org/. Bluestem Health has joined with the SNAP Assistance program to help bridge the food insecurity gap in our local community to help people access resources to minimize food insecurity.

Am I Eligible?

Certain requirements like resources and income limits determine eligibility for SNAP assistance, previously food stamps. You must apply in the state where you live. Use the prescreening tool (https://www.snap-step1.usda.gov/fns/) to see if you might qualify. It only takes about 3 minutes. If you qualify, you must still apply for SNAP assistance benefits.

How do I Apply?

If the pre-screening indicated that you might qualify for SNAP assistance, contact Bluestem health for more information 402-476-1455. Or you can apply online at DHHS Access Nebraska.

What can I Purchase with SNAP Assistance?

Households CAN use SNAP benefits to buy:

  • Foods for the household to eat, such as:

    • breads and cereals;

    • fruits and vegetables;

    • meats, fish and poultry; and

    • dairy products.

  • Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.
    *In some areas, restaurants can be authorized to accept SNAP benefits from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.

Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy:

  • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco

  • Any nonfood items, such as:

    • pet foods

    • soaps, paper products

    • household supplies

  • Vitamins and medicines

  • Food that will be eaten in the store

  • Hot foods

Where can I Purchase SNAP Goods?

The SNAP Assistance Retailer Locator is user-friendly. Just enter any full address, city and state, or zip code and get a map of the 10, 25, or 50 closest SNAP retailers.

*Also, retailers typically have signs indicating that they accept SNAP assistance EBT cards. If in doubt, ask before you shop.

Bluestem Health understands that charitable programs are unable to fully support those struggling with hunger. Combining government assistance programs like SNAP assistance and charity is necessary to help bridge the hunger gap. If you suffer from food insecurity, please contact Bluestem Health at 402-476-1455. Find out if you qualify for SNAP assistance. Bluestem Health focuses on preventative care. Access to nutrition for a healthy lifestyle is the best place to start preventative care services.

Sources: https://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/nebraska
https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap