Eric Savaiano

Appleseed and Nebraska SNAC are working to expand school breakfast in Nebraska

Kids need food to be healthy, do well in school, and stay out of trouble. School meals help provide that food for tens of thousands of families across Nebraska. Nebraska Appleseed has worked for many years to promote healthy school meals for all kids at the state, district, and school levels.  As part of that …

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Pantry

New Resource: Nebraska School Break Emergency Food Options

Hunger doesn’t take a holiday just because schools are closed. As schools close for their winter breaks, students and families that rely on school breakfast and lunch may need help finding food. Nebraska Appleseed has pulled together some basic resources from around the state to make accessing emergency food pantries and other options easier.   Download …

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Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act could end harmful practices for collecting school unpaid meal debt

No child should ever go hungry. And no child should ever be shamed for not having the money they need to pay for a meal. Back in 2019, Appleseed studied the issue of unpaid meal debt in Nebraska schools. As part of a study conducted with Senator Walz, we found that unpaid meal debt is …

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Submit your Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application Today!

The 2022-23 school year has started for most kids in Nebraska, and we want to make sure that families and districts are set up for success. Free and reduced-price meal applications can be a big part of that – especially because the free school meals that were made possible through legislation passed at the outset …

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No child deserves to go hungry

We stand against discrimination in federal nutrition programs

No child deserves to go hungry for any reason. Allowing discrimination of any kind only hurts our communities. Recently, Nebraska’s Governor and Attorney General joined a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s policy that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in accessing federal nutrition programs. Excluding people because of who they …

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Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act would be a game changer for child nutrition programs

Our state is stronger when every Nebraskan has the food they need. That’s why we fight for stronger and more accessible federal and state food assistance programs – to make sure nobody is food insecure. The House Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) Bill, also known as the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act (H.R.8450), would make it …

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Keep Kids Fed Act

President Biden signs Keep Kids Fed Act to extend meals through the end of the summer

On June 25, 2022, President Biden signed the Keep Kids Fed Act into law and extended summer and school meals for kids around the country. This bill extends many of the waivers and flexibilities put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic to make food more accessible for students. Although it is a step in the …

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Find Summer meals through text service! Text ‘FOOD’ or ‘COMIDA’ to 304-304.

Schools are closed but meal service continues across Nebraska

We have great news for the kids of Nebraska! The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will continue to provide FREE meals for children ages 1 to 18 throughout the summer while school is not in session. Nebraska school districts, nonprofit organizations, libraries, tribal organizations, and others will be providing these free, healthy meals at convenient …

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Nebraska SNAP Emergency ALlotment Distribution Months

SNAP Emergency Allotments should not be considered with Overpayments

Federal law requires states to pursue SNAP overpayments, regardless of whether that overpayment resulted from household or agency error. (see our blog for more details). However, due to the pandemic, benefits provided through SNAP Emergency Allotments are generally not subject to the same overpayment collection rules as standard SNAP assistance. Appealing the overpayment and requesting …

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Capitol

Nebraska Appleseed Responds to Legislature’s Failure to End Arbitrary Food Ban with LB121

***For Immediate Release***Tuesday, April 12, 2022 Contact: James GoddardSenior Director of Programs, Nebraska AppleseedO: 402-438-8853 x108C: 402-570-9462jgoddard@neappleseed.org  Nebraska Appleseed Responds to Legislature’s Failure to End Arbitrary Food Ban with LB121 Lincoln, NE — Today, Nebraska Appleseed’s Economic Justice Program Manager for Food and Nutrition Access Eric Savaiano issued the following statement on the Nebraska Legislature’s …

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