Meet Appleseed’s Summer 2021 Interns, Fellows, and Clerks

Each semester, Appleseed is fortunate to work with bright, talented, and dedicated interns and law clerks who are passionate about fighting for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. We’re excited to have interns and clerks join our team from across the nation virtually! Meet the outstanding Nebraskans who dedicate their time to positive change in our communities. We’re also excited… Read more →

Encuentra comidas gratis para niños por un línea de texto

Familias con niños de 1 al 18 anos pueden encontrar comida gratis por un línea de texto  Escuelas están cerrados por el momento pero distribuciones de comida gratis continúan en Nebraska El Programa de Servicio de Alimentos de Verano continuará distribuyendo comidas GRATUITAS para niños de 1 a 18 años durante los meses en que no haya clases este año.… Read more →

Find free summer meals through text service!

Kids and families can find free summer meals through text service once again Schools are closed but meal service continues across Nebraska The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will continue to provide FREE meals for children ages 1 to 18 during the months when school is out this year. Nebraska school districts, nonprofit organizations, libraries, tribal organizations, and others will… Read more →

Celebrating Immigrants! June Is Immigrant Heritage Month

Celebrating Immigrants! June Is Immigrant Heritage Month This is a guest blog post by Zeke Rouse, Appleseed’s Immigrants and Communities Welcoming Intern. June is an opportunity to share stories and recognize the impact that different immigrant Nebraskans have in shaping our communities. Storytelling gives us an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of experiences, perspectives, and people that call Nebraska home. … Read more →

We Are Home Banner

Congress is home on recess! Take action for positive immigration laws!

Congress is home on recess this week, and it’s a great time to tell our Nebraska delegation this is the year for full inclusion of family and longtime community members! Congress has not meaningfully updated our immigration laws in more than 35 years, causing unnecessary harm to local families and communities. Over the summer, we have important opportunities to pass… Read more →

WE DID IT: the SNAP cliff effect bill becomes law

With strong community support, the Nebraska Legislature voted to override the veto on the SNAP cliff effect bill (LB108) yesterday afternoon. Introduced and prioritized by Senator John McCollister, this bill will now allow thousands of Nebraskans to be able to take a pay raise without fear of losing all of their food benefits! View how your state senator voted on… Read more →

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

The American Rescue Plan: Reducing Child Poverty

The IRS will start to make monthly payments of the expanded Child Tax Credit from the American Rescue Plan on July 15, 2021. In Nebraska, roughly 434,000 children will benefit from this change, and approximately 36,000 children will be lifted above or closer to the poverty line. This unrestricted funding will have profound impacts on Nebraska families. The Child Tax… Read more →

TONIGHT at 6:30pm – TAKE ACTION Open House on the SNAP Cliff Effect Bill (LB108)

Despite strong support from the Nebraska Legislature, Governor Ricketts vetoed the SNAP Cliff Effect Bill (LB108). LB108 fixes the SNAP cliff effect by helping families avoid the tough choice between taking a pay raise or feeding their families. This bill passed with 33 yes votes from Nebraska senators whose substantial support underlines the critical importance of improving food access in… Read more →

Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Governor’s Veto of LB108

Tonight, Governor Ricketts vetoed LB108, a bill that makes changes to Nebraska’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to make it easier for participating Nebraskans to take raises or find better paying jobs and not lose all food benefits. Nebraska Appleseed’s Economic Justice Program Manager for Food and Nutrition Access, Eric Savaiano, issued the following statement in response: “At a time… Read more →

Protect the hands who feed you

TAKE ACTION: Meatpacking worker safety bill stopped for this session

We are extremely disheartened and sorry to share that this week in the Legislature, the Meatpacking Employees COVID-19 Protection Act LB241, introduced and prioritized by Senator Tony Vargas, was stopped from advancing. For practical purposes, this important bill is dead for this session. Please make one more call or email to your senator on this issue. Thank the senators who… Read more →

Voice your support for food security

Last week, Speaker Hilgers announced the legislature will adjourn on Thursday, May 27th. The vast majority of the legislature’s work should be complete by the end of this week and May 27th will be reserved for votes to override any gubernatorial vetoes of legislation. Final vote on SNAP bill tomorrow Tomorrow, the Legislature will take its final vote on LB108,… Read more →

May News & Events: Your Help on a BIG goal

Features from this month’s Nebraska Appleseed newsletter: Give to Lincoln Day: Join supporters in unlocking a $10,000 bonus! Exciting Appleseed priority bills advance at Nebraska Legislature Nebraskans tell Congress ‘It’s Time for Full Inclusion’ (Photos) We’re Hiring: Join our team as Staff Attorney or Program Coordinator COVID-19 Resources (Including information on vaccines)  Donate now for Give to Lincoln Day and… Read more →

Registration Is Open: Creating Communities of Belonging

Join community leaders from across Nebraska who are building inclusive and vibrant communities This virtual series will provide collaborative sessions, presentations, and networking with Nebraskans who are committed to creating communities where everyone, including immigrant neighbors, feels valued. We are excited to introduce the speakers for the kickoff event! June 11, 10:00-11:30 AM (Central Time) – Virtual Session – Belonging… Read more →

TAKE ACTION: Unemployment gap bill on agenda tonight

The Nebraska Legislature is scheduled to debate LB298, introduced and prioritized by Senator Mike McDonnell, as soon as tonight. This bill would ensure work-authorized immigrant Nebraskans can access the unemployment benefits they have earned. Make a short call or email to your senator today and urge them to vote for this important bill. Nebraska is the only state in the… Read more →

Essential worker safety and support legislation hits the floor

There are only 14 days left for this session, so we are nearing the end of floor debate for legislative priority bills. The Speaker announced last week that the session would end early, but the precise date is still unknown and depends on how swiftly the body moves through the remaining agenda. Meatpacking worker protections advance to select file Last… Read more →

Libby Israel

My Time as Youth Ambassador for Food and Nutrition Access at Appleseed

This is a guest blog post by Libby Israel, Nebraska Appleseed’s outgoing Youth Ambassador for Food and Nutrition Access who has spent 2 semesters in the role. Before my time at Nebraska Appleseed, anti-hunger work was something I had always thought about, but never really knew how to get involved with. I had seen the effects of food insecurity in… Read more →

TAKE ACTION: Basic Paid Sick Leave on Agenda Tonight

The Nebraska Legislature is scheduled to debate LB258 as soon as tonight, which would ensure Nebraskans have access to basic, earned paid sick leave – promoting healthier and stronger families, especially working parents with young children. Make a short call or email to your senator today, urging them to support this important bill. Access to basic paid sick leave consistently… Read more →

RELEASE: Nebraska’s School Nutrition Professionals are School Lunch Heroes

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, May 6, 2021 Nebraska Appleseed Contact: Omaid Zabih Strategy Senior Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 128 Nebraska’s School Nutrition Professionals are School Lunch Heroes May 7th is National School Lunch Heroes Day and Nebraska school nutrition professionals have heroically risen to meet the challenges of the pandemic LINCOLN — Tomorrow, the Nebraska Student… Read more →

Positive bills advance; meatpacking protections bill expected on Thursday

Last week was an exciting week at the Legislature! Senators had some late nights with votes on many bills throughout the week, and we saw four Appleseed priority bills advance in the process. This week, LB241, the Meatpacking Employees COVID-19 Protection Act, will be on the floor for debate on Thursday. There are a couple of ways for you to… Read more →

Protect the hands who feed you

TAKE ACTION: Meatpacking COVID bill scheduled Thursday

The Meatpacking Employees COVID-19 Protection Act (LB 241) is scheduled for floor debate this Thursday! This is a critical moment for senators to hear community support for the bill. Take a minute to email your senator to support LB 241 and common-sense packing plant protections to keep workers and communities safe. A short email makes a big difference! Nebraskans who work… Read more →

25 Days of Action

Thank you for your support during 25 Days of Action!

Earlier this month, we kicked off a 25 Days of Action campaign to celebrate our 25th anniversary, with a daily action item for our supporters and partners to participate in. We are grateful for how many of you joined us and invited friends in taking action to get involved at the local, state, and federal levels on economic justice, children’s… Read more →

RELEASE: Nebraskans Continue to Share Stories, Support for Positive Immigration Laws

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, April 29, 2021 Contact: Omaid Zabih Strategy Senior Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 128 C: (605) 310-4060 Nebraskans Continue to Share Stories, Support for Positive Immigration Laws Delivery of banners with statewide messages to Nebraska delegation LINCOLN — Today, Nebraskans delivered large, colorful banners to offices of Nebraska’s Congressional delegation with personal stories,… Read more →