SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamp program. It is the largest federal nutritional assistance program. Nationwide, its benefits helped an average of 33 million low-income individuals purchase nutritious food each month last year. 175,414 Nebraskans (about 9% of the total population) received nutrition assistance from SNAP. Unfortunately, about one-third of those eligible for SNAP do not receive these benefits. Food Bank for the Heartland is joining in the nationwide effort to assist eligible citizens to claim this valuable nutrition assistance.
For more information, contact Brianne Kemp
, Hazel Deman
or Elyse Johnson
, SNAP Outreach Specialists, at 1-855-444-5556
How SNAP Outreach Helps Communities
Provides food to hungry children.
Nearly half of SNAP participants, 13 million individuals, are children.
Assists people transitioning to self-sufficiency.
Most people spend less than 2 years on SNAP and half leave the program within 9 months.
Reclaims unused federal tax dollars.
Over $6 billion in SNAP benefits went unclaimed in 2006 as a result of nonparticipation.
Increases the number of farm jobs.
Every $1 billion in retail food demand generates 3,300 farm jobs.
Provides an immediate economic stimulus to state and local economies.
Every $1 of accessed SNAP benefits generates an additional $1.84 of economic activity.
* Data from Feeding America
If you are a nonprofit agency, you can learn about becoming a local SNAP outreach partner
. Click "Read more" for SNAP information and outreach tools.