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Food assistance programs & information

The number of people needing food assistance at this time is greater than ever before. If you are a food resource that is not listed below, please contact Nebraska Preparedness Partnership to discuss adding your organization.

If you want to assist your community with purchasing food and/or volunteering, please consider donating money or volunteering time to your local food pantry.


USDA SNAP benefits changes nationwide. Changes by state available here:

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services website, with links to child nutrition, food security, and assistance programs:

USDA Funding Opportunities:

USDA Announces Funding Available to Assist Socially Disadvantaged Farmers, Ranchers under the Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced Monday the availability of $2 million to establish partnerships with organizations to provide outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

The funding was made possible by USDA’s new Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative, an effort to distribute resources more broadly and to put greater emphasis on outreach to small and socially disadvantaged producers impacted by the pandemic.

Learn more about Pandemic Assistance for Producers:

WBSCM Trainings for Current Domestic and International Vendors

WIC Picks: WLOL Update, Self-Care for New Moms, Women's Health Week, and More:

USDA Food from Farm to Plate: Special Edition, Celebrating Charles "Red" Gates:

Selling Local Food to Schools: A Resource for Producers

USDA Aligns Transportation Requirements with Industry Practices to Reduce Barriers to Participation in USDA Commodity Procurement Food Purchase Programs:

Farmers Market Handbook Shares Best Practices for Market Managers:

Double Up Food Bucks Nebraska:

National Farm to School Network

Monthly Newsletter, April 2023:

This Week in Farm to School - April 4, 2023:

Find Food For Kids When School is Closed (Department of Education):

Find for for kids when school is closed:

Families are also encouraged to text "FOOD" or "COMIDA" to 877-877 where they can provide their zip code and will be provided messages with information about the nearest summer meals sites.

Food Banks:

These food banks serve and support multiple food pantries throughout Nebraska and Western Iowa. They are always in need of volunteers as well as donations. Please considering donating your time.

Food Bank of Lincoln

Food Distribution Schedule:

This document lists the most needed food and personal care items has been shared by the Food Bank of Lincoln:  Most-Needed-Items-FoodBankLincoln.pdf

Food Bank for the Heartland:

Get Food:

To find food pantry locations near you (on a map):


Feeding America has compiled ways to volunteer with your local food bank remotely, from your own home:

How to become a virtual food bank volunteer:

Heartland Hope Mission (HHM):

Get information on HHM food pantry hours and locations, services provided, and other  events:

Heartland Hope Mission Pantries (PDF)

Nebraska Appleseed SNAP Outreach Toolkits:

Together Omaha:

Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue

Dining for Good event:

Free Farm Syndicate (Cooperative Farming):

No More Empty Pots “Feeding Our Neighbors” Program

Enrollment can be done by phone as well by calling 402.690.0888

Brochure: NMEP Feeding Our Neighbors Flyer (PDF)

Local Food Producers (buy direct): LocalFoodDelivery.v2 (PDF)

Buy Local Nebraska:

Market Maker tool for connecting local producers with providers, and vice versa. This can also be used by consumers:

PO Box 460715, Papillion, NE 68046


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