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.

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 receives 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 and to find out hours of operation please contact our central office in Chadron, NE 308-432-3393. NCAP and USDA are equal opportunity providers and employers.

For More Information:

Food Pantry 

NCAP's food pantries provide food to households with limited access to food.  Food is available once a month

127 W 2nd street, Ste 105
(308) 747-2200
Tuesdays 10:30- 12:30, 1:00 - 4:00
Wednesdays 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Appointments available 


1028 E. Third St., Bldg C Room 100 or 200
(308) 762-4523
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00 - 12:00, 1:00 - 4:00
Appointments Available


207 S. Main St.
(308) 327-2877
Thursdays 10:30 - 12:00 - 12:30 - 3:30
312 E. Third St.
Monday - Wednesday 9:00 -12:00 1:00 - 4:00

Appointments available 



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 additional 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 2019 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 institution, 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 determine if they meet the income guidelines for assistance and help with completing their application and offer relevant information to those interest in applying.