• Aug 12, 2020
  • 5:51 AM

Food Assistance

Benefit Category: Nevada

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP helps low-income Nevadans meet their nutritional needs.

Benefits are issued on EBT cards and can only be used to buy food products at grocers, farmers markets and other USDA-approved vendors.

To help determine whether you might qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance benefits, visit the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Welfare and Supportive Services website.

To apply for SNAP, complete the Application for Assistance and/or contact your local County Social Service Office.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is the most recognized name brand of senior nutrition programs. But other senior meal programs by various names are in many communities in the U.S.and around the world and often go by names other than Meals on Wheels (a generic term generally reserved for home delivered meal programs). While Meals on Wheels programs are delivered to the home, seniors may also find congregate meal programs at local senior centers, churches, or community centers.

Many communities have both Meals on Wheels and congregate senior meal programs through senior centers available to local residents. You should always contact your local meal program directly to find out what services are offered.

Search meal program locations to find one near you . If you don’t find one exactly in your town, search nearby towns. If you still don’t find one, contact us and we will attempt to find one for you.

Whether it’s a”Meals-on-Wheels” program, a senior nutrition program, a public senior meal program or a private meal program, all are important and contribute to senior nutrition and health.

The  Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program

The WIC program can provide food support for some supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant women, and to infants and children up to age five. Learn how to apply for WIC.

Free and reduced price school meals might also be available to your children. Learn how to apply for free and reduced price school meals.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Through TEFAP, USDA provides food to State agencies, which in turn provide the food to local agencies – such as food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens.  Veterans who are undergoing difficult economic times may qualify to receive TEFAP foods for household distribution, and may certainly receive meals in congregate settings.

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

Veterans who live on Indian reservations or other approved areas may be eligible to participate in FDPIR. If interested, contact your Indian Tribal Organization or State agency.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

CSFP works to improve the health of low-income seniors 60 years of age and older, as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women, other new mothers up to one year postpartum, infants, and children up to age six, by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA foods.  Veterans may qualify for CSFP foods, if the program is available in their area.

*Individuals may not participate in CSFP and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children at the same time.

The National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

The National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs provide nutritious low cost or free meals to children attending participating schools and snacks at certain afterschool care programs.

For all Service Members:

Any in-kind benefit, such base housing, is not considered income.

Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA) – By law, the FSSA is not counted as income in determining eligibility for free and reduced-price meals.

Department of Defense overseas schools are eligible to participate in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs; this extends the availability for free and reduced-price meals to children in families stationed overseas.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. What happens when schools let out? The SFSP is designed to feed children breakfast and/or lunch during the summer at feeding sites that can include schools, churches, community centers, summer camps, Indian reservations, and more.