In Nebraska, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is administered by the Department of Health & Human Services’ Children & Family Services Division. The program is designed to help low-income people buy food that meets their basic nutritional needs. There are particular eligibility requirements that must be met in order to receive SNAP benefits. All members of a household must be U.S. citizens or legal aliens and live in the state of Nebraska. Additionally, there are income and resource limits that must be met. A full breakdown of these figures is available online.
After determining you’re eligible, you should apply for food stamp benefits online. You may do so with the ACCESSNebraska interface. Here, you can use the pre-screening tool and also apply for food stamp benefits. If you do not want to apply electronically, you can print out a copy of the application and submit it via mail. If you are approved for food stamp benefits, you will be enrolled in the EBT program. This is an easier way of distributing benefits than the traditional paper food stamps. You will be issued an EBT card to buy food at authorized stores. Nebraska EBT clients can sign up for a “My Alerts” service by calling the EBT client phone number (877-247-6328). You use your EBT card like any debit card; simply swipe at the register and enter your four-digit PIN to make eligible purchases.
1. How can I check my EBT account balance?
To check your Nebraska EBT account balance, log on to EBT Edge and enter your account information.
2. When will my benefits be distributed?
Benefits are issued based on the last digit of your Social Security Number. A full breakdown of the issuance schedule is available online.
3. What should I do if I lose my EBT card?
If your EBT card is lost or stolen, call the Customer Service line immediately at 877-247-6328 to have your card cancelled.
4. What resource limits are there?
A breakdown of the resource limits by household size are available at their website.
5. Are there items that I cannot buy with SNAP benefits?
Yes. Federal law prohibits you from buying alcohol, tobacco, household items, vitamins and medicines, pet food and hot foods with food stamp benefits.
Contact: Nebraska Food Stamps.