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Buffalo County Nebraska assistance programs.

Low income families can get emergency financial help or free stuff. Find grants to help pay rent, electric bills, mortgages, or security deposits. Or get free food, school supplies, prescription drugs, clothes, or Christmas toys from churches, or charities in Buffalo County. There is government assistance from DHHS in Kearney to help pay for heating or water bills, job placement, transportation, and home buying or mortgage assistance programs.

Different agencies provide support. As example, food pantries and soup kitchens give free meals or food. DHHS processes applications to SNAP food stamps, Medicaid, disability, and public aid. Free community clinics may give health care, free eye exams to children, or medications. More information is below

Find grants and money to help pay bills, rent, and mortgage

If you need help in, grant funds and cash assistance will be used to provide emergency rent and mortgage assistance, as well as other aid. The Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska (CAP) will be administering this program. They also offer several other services and resources as noted per below.

Save on energy bills from Weatherization. The goal of the program is to reduce energy costs and heating bills for low to moderate income families, particularly people with disabilities, the elderly, and children, while also safeguarding their safety and health. The WAP will make it possible for low-income as well as middle families to permanently lower their home heating and energy bills. Professional contractors or crews will install energy efficiency measures in homes or apartments that are currently occupied by qualifying low-income families. The program is free of charge from CAP, and it does not cost the homeowner a thing.

The Kearney Area Community Foundation is working with the community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska to distribute thousands of dollars in emergency relief to help people pay their rent and their mortgage. This is an annual program. There are also applications to LIHEAP for paying heating or gas bills, job placement programs, computer labs and other services. Or find additional ways to get mortgage help.




To learn about any of these programs, stop by the Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska at 16 West 11th, Kearney, Nebraska. Or call them at (308) 865-5675. They offer these programs, as well as other resources to those who are in need of help.

In addition, food assistance is available through the Salvation Army (phone 308-234-9998). The center, which is based in Kearney, works to prevent hunger and may also provide rent, utility bill, or security deposit help.

Fighting hunger is one focus though, both year round and also providing help in the form of free toys or meals during Christmas or Thanksgiving. There is support for the homeless and families living in poverty. They may qualify for perishable food vouchers for the pantry at the Kearney Jubilee Center. There may also be emergency financial aid as well as back to school supplies passed out. More on Salvation Army programs in Buffalo County.

Get free food from the Mid-Nebraska Food Bank. This organization works with CAP and they serve two types of charities. They include Emergency Food Pantries, where families and individuals needing assistance can pick up food for their own use. They are part of Feeding America National Hunger Prevention. The second option is picking up free meals on site. This list includes residential treatment centers, day care centers, senior centers and homeless programs. The charities benefits as they only need to arrange transportation to one location to access a variety of products. Call (308) 865-5683.

Free and Discounted Medical Care is provided by the Clinics of Good Health. This health care program offers diabetes screenings, physical exams, and other health care services to people who live in both Buffalo and Dawson counties. There is a fee of $20 per visit to the center. They can also refer people to free prescription programs as well as other ways to get free health care.







Most of the support is for the uninsured as well as low income. There are additional charities as well as national resources for assistance. Click here to learn more on resources for free health care.

Buffalo County Department of Health and Human Services Office processes public aid as well as government support. All of the state of Nebraska and federal government aid is run from here. These may be SNAP food stamps, cash aid from welfare, Medicaid, disability services, SSI benefits or loans, and other benefits. They also process for the unemployed and working poor. The office is 24 West 16th St., Kearney, NE 68847. Dial (308) 865-5592.

Food and free meal programs

Hunger prevention programs and food pantries are available in Buffalo County for the low income or people in a crisis. Depending on the center in question, there may not only be free boxes of groceries or hot meals served, but other resources are offered too. This ranges from holiday meals to applications to benefits, winter attire, and more.

  • Jubilee Food Pantry - Phone 308-234-3880
  • Pumpkin Patch mostly has meals and the like. Dial 308-237-4220.

Find more information on free emergency charity run food banks. Or find details on soup kitchens, USDA benefits, and school meals for kids. Read more free food pantries Buffalo County.


By Jon McNamara














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