Food and Nutrition

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NCAP Food and Nutrition Program

The Food and Nutrition Program is designed to provide resources for low-income families to improve the quality of life. Programs may require participants to meet income eligibility guidelines.


NCAP is sponsoring the Farmers to Families Food Box Program through the last week in August 2020

Farmers to Families distributes fresh fruits and vegetables, diary products and meat weekly to community members in need. Limited quantities, first come basis, one distribution per vehicle. Cashwa is the distributor of the food.

This is accomplished through local sponsors and partners.  Below is the schedule, distribution times and locations. 

Alliance - Tuesdays 9:00 10th and Bighorn - (local partners: United Way)

Chadron - Tuesdays 10:30 - Ridgeview Church 10th and Ridgeview (local partners: RSVP and Ridgeview Bible Church)

Valentine - Tuesdays 8:00 - Valentine High School parking lot (local partner: Valentine Berean Church)

Gordon - Wednesdays 9:30 - Wayland Park, near shelter (local partner: Lions Club)

Northwest Community Action Partnership (NCAP) Food Pantries

Our food pantries receive donations food, paper products, and monies to purchase our food pantry items that are distributed to families and individuals. To qualify for food pantry services you have an emergency situation and/or have limited income this will determine the need and length of services. Services are offered to all community members whose incomes are 180% or below the federal poverty level. All of our outreach offices receive donations of USDA food from the Food Bank of the Heartland, located in Omaha, Nebraska.

To participate in our program you must set up an appointment and bring the following items with you: Driver’s license, and proof of income such as pay stubs or award letters. At the appointment, you must complete an intake, sign related forms. Income eligibility will determine prior to services rendered.

Our food pantries are available in Alliance, Chadron, Rushville, and Valentine, Nebraska. For more information please contact our central office in Chadron, NE 308-432-3393. NCAP and USDA are equal opportunity providers and employers.

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Food Pantry

NCAP's food pantries provide food to households with limited access to food.  In response to Coronavirus, food distribution has been increased to one time per week per household.  The distribution will revert to once a month when this special situation is resolved.

Alliance Extra Helping Food Pantry
1028 E. Third St., Bldg C Room 100 or 200   (308) 762-4523
Mondays, Wednesdays 9:30 to 12:00, 1:00 to 3:00 and Fridays 9:30 to 12:00 

Chadron Extra Helpings Food Pantry
127 W 2nd Street, Ste 105    (308) 747-2200
Tuesdays 10:30 to 12:00, 1:00 to 4:00
Wednesdays 10:30 to 12:00, 1:00 to 4:00
Come to this pantry during scheduled hours, stay in your car, and call 747-2200 - food will be brought out to you. If you don't have a phone, just honk your horn.

Rushville Extra Helpings Food Pantry- Beginning October 1, 2020, the Rushville Food Pantry will be open only on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 12:00 and 12:30 to 3:30
207 S. Main St.   (308) 327-2877 - Starting October 1, 2020, the Rushville Food pantry will only be open from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm every Tuesday. Until  October 1, 2020, the food pantry will be open every Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 to 12:00 - 12:30 to 1:30 pm.  (Thursdays are temporary hours in response to Coronavirus)

Valentine Extra Helpings Food Pantry
312 E. Third St.   (402)-376-1886
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 4:00
Appointments Available

Extra hours have been added in response to the Coronavirus. Hours may revert to the regular schedule once this special situation is resolved.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program

This program is available to households that demonstrate limited or no access to food and is for emergency situations only.

Click here for Food Resources in Dawes County 

Mobile Food Pantry

NCAP's Mobile Food Pantry program is a traveling food pantry that delivers food free of charge directly to the communities we serve.  The food is delivered in one day, generally in a matter of a couple of hours.  The selection generally includes items not typically found in our food pantries, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, and other items.  The Mobile Food Pantry is held once a month, rotating among Dawes, Box Butte, Sheridan and Cherry counties.   

Click here for the 2020 Mobile Food Pantry Schedule - subject to change

Closer to Home - Chadron

NCAP is a founding partner in Closer to Home located in Chadron.  Closer to home provides a noon meal to the hungry.  Annually, local businesses, churches, governmental agencies, educational institutions, youth groups, and others donate approximately 1300 hours to prepare and serve the meals.  Often times, they also purchase the food.  

Closer to Home, Chadron, NE
365 Main St. (Masonic Hall)
Monday - Friday 11:30 - 12:30



SNAP enrollment and education

SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) helps limited-income families expand their budgets to purchase food.  It helps provide individuals and families with their basic nutritional needs to get them through temporary hard times. SNAP can be used to buy foods like fruit, vegetables, and meats at grocery stores, convenience stores, as well as farmers' markets.  It can also be used to purchase seeds and plants to produce food.

NCAPs Service Navigators can assist individuals and families to determine if they meet the income guidelines for assistance and help with completing their application and offer relevant information to those interested in applying.