CNCAP Offering Supplemental Food Packages to those Who Qualify Based on Age & Income

BROKEN BOW—The Central Nebraska Community Action Partnership (CNCAP) offers health, childhood, family, and housing assistance to individuals and families. The various CNCAP programs encourage economic stability by utilizing community based solutions, according to the CNCAP website.

Family Outreach Case Manager Tiffany Foley told KCNI/KBBN her primary focus is utility and rental assistance such as eviction notices and utility shutoffs. She said these services offer extra help to people, especially those hit financially by COVID-19. In addition, she discussed one program in particular: The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).

The CSFP is federally funded, sponsored by the USDA Farm Bill, and provides food to eligible participants at no cost.

“It works to improve the health of low income individuals who are at least 60 years of age or older by supplementing their diets with nutritious, USDA approved foods. Those food packages don’t provide a complete diet but rather offer good sources of the nutrients typically lacking in the diets of the population that we serve,” Foley told KCNI/KBBN.

The food packages are designed to supplement a person’s diet and offer a variety of options.

“It offers a wide selection of fruits, juices, vegetables, milk, cheese, grains, and protein and some of those do include plant-based proteins each month,” Foley said.

Participants of the supplemental food program must be 60 years of age or older and meet income requirements of being at or below 130% of the federal poverty income guideline.

In Broken Bow, CNCAP offers CSFP clinics every third Tuesday at the office located east of the Tumbleweed at 924 East South E Street. Foley said food packages can also be delivered to those living at Custer Heights or at Regency Place.

Learn more by calling Tiffany at 308-872-6013 or stopping by the office with your ID and income information. Foley will walk applicants through paperwork to see if they qualify.

“It’s pretty easy and it’s a great program,” Foley continued. “Take advantage of it if it’s there.”

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