LINCOLN (AP March 28) – Low-income Nebraskans recovering from this month’s massive flooding could now be eligible for federal food benefits.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that it has approved “Disaster SNAP” benefits for qualified residents of the state. SNAP refers to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.

The USDA says households that may not qualify for regular SNAP benefits could qualify for Disaster SNAP if they have eligible disaster-related expenses and meet disaster income limits.

The USDA is also granting school lunch and breakfast meal flexibility to schools through April 26.

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