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How do summer meals play a role in making sure kids of all backgrounds get fed during the summer?

How do summer meals play a role in making sure kids of all backgrounds get fed during the summer? This is a guest blog post by Morgan Gurwell, Nebraska Appleseed’s Youth Ambassador. The last day of school doesn’t have to mean the last day of community meal service for kids in Nebraska. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) invites kids… Read more →

…With Liberty and Justice for All

…With Liberty and Justice for All This is a guest blog post by Zeke Rouse, Appleseed’s Immigrants and Communities Welcoming Intern. Across America, thousands of communities celebrate today in big and small ways, with local and larger events, holiday fare, parades, music, and readings of the Declaration of Independence. Some of us may not get past the hot dogs and… 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 →

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 →

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 ozabih@neappleseed.org 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 →

ADVISORY: Banner delivery supporting positive immigration laws to Nebraska delegation

***Media Advisory*** April 28, 2021 Contact: Omaid Zabih Strategy Senior Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (605) 310-4060 ozabih@neappleseed.org Banner delivery supporting positive immigration laws to Nebraska delegation Nebraskans across the state share the light of their support for positive immigration bills with Nebraska members of Congress LINCOLN — On Thursday, April 29, and Friday, April 30, Nebraskans will deliver large, colorful… Read more →

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Join Our Team! We are Hiring!

We are hiring for two positions! We’re looking for passionate and driven individuals who want to fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. We have job openings for a Program Coordinator, who serves as a project leader within our Child Welfare Program, and a Staff Attorney for our Immigrants & Communities Program. Program Coordinator – Child Welfare Program The… Read more →

How School Meal Service has Changed During COVID-19

How School Meal Service has Changed During COVID-19 This is a guest blog post by Libby Israel, Nebraska Appleseed’s Youth Ambassador for Food and Nutrition Access. It has been nearly a full year since child nutrition programs across the country were turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Facing safety-related closures, added risk, and remote learning models, nutrition directors have… Read more →

Children

Afterschool snacks and meal program available for school districts to fill gaps

Currently, EVERY school in the state has the opportunity to implement afterschool suppers and snacks through the CACFP Afterschool Program. This is a guest blog post by Nebraska Appleseed’s Food and Nutrition Access youth ambassador, Libby Israel. Around 20 million children in the U.S. leave school each day not knowing if their next meal will have to wait until they… Read more →

Workers

RELEASE: Organizations Call on Legislature for Urgent Meatpacking COVID-19

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, July 23, 2020 Contacts:  Micky Devitt, Heartland Workers Center C: (402) 403-9864 micky@heartlandworkerscenter.org Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  Statewide Organizations Call on Legislature for Urgently Needed Meatpacking COVID-19 Protections Too many family members at risk, protections cannot wait until next legislative session NEBRASKA — On Thursday, July 23, 25 Nebraska community organizations,… Read more →

Celebrating Nebraska Immigrants: Meet Cassandra.

At Nebraska Is Home we know that vibrant communities are ones in which people from all different backgrounds respect and celebrate each other’s values and talents. In celebration of June Immigrant Heritage Month, we began sharing stories from some of the immigrants who bring vitality and passion to Nebraska. There are so many wonderful immigrants and refugees that call Nebraska… Read more →

Immigrant Heritage Month: Nibras, a young global leader advocating for education

At Nebraska Is Home we know that vibrant communities are ones in which people from all different backgrounds respect and celebrate each other’s values and talents. In celebration of June as Immigrant Heritage Month, we want to share a few stories from some of the immigrants who bring vitality and passion to Nebraska. Meet Nibras, a young global leader who… Read more →

Foster Care Awareness Month: Growing Families

Growing Families For Foster Care Awareness Month in May 2018, Vic Klafter, who was an intern at the time and is now a community organizer for our Collective Impact Lincoln program, made a podcast about the state of foster care in Nebraska, specifically around the intersections of LGBTQ+ identities and foster care and the juvenile justice system and foster care.… Read more →

Foster Care Awareness Month: Supporting youth in foster care during the pandemic

Supporting youth in foster care during the pandemic Note: This is a guest blog post from YHDP Coordinator for Dodge County, Roxanne Knobbe. Hello! My name is Roxanne Knobbe and I am the YHDP Coordinator for Dodge County, Nebraska at Care Corps’ LifeHouse. YHDP stands for Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project. HUD awarded Nebraska funding for unconnected youth typically between the… Read more →

Join Us Today to #ThankAHungerHero

Join Us Today to #ThankAHungerHero Note: This is a guest blog post from Economic Justice Fellows, Temi Onayemi and Claire Breen. Today community members across the nation will be thanking Hunger Heroes serving school meals to kids even though schools are closed! We will be joining the national nonprofit, No Kid Hungry, and the rest of the United States in… Read more →

Nebraskans for Expansion: Medicaid Expansion is important because it is practical, it is now law, and it is the right thing to do.

Note: This is a guest post from Rich Patton, Nebraska Appleseed volunteer. My name is Rich Patton. I am retired from 37 years of award-winning public school service (teacher, principal, special education director, superintendent). In retirement, I am a performing musician. During the Insure the Good Life campaign in 2018, I volunteered to circulate petitions, deliver letters, and have written… Read more →

Foster Care Awareness Month: Bring Hope

Note: This is a guest post from Nedhal Al-kazahy, Nebraska Appleseed’s former Child Welfare Youth Fellow. Hey all, I’m back! As many of yall know, it’s foster care awareness month so let’s talk about foster care. For those of you that have been following my blogs, you know that I was in foster care for 14 years and I have… Read more →

Carol Russell: Cancer researcher, community advocate, and proud Appleseed Sustaining Supporter

Note: This is a guest post from Carol Russell, an Omaha resident, Appleseed volunteer, and monthly donor.  I’m a native Nebraskan, born and raised in Omaha. I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, ending with a Masters Degree in Pathology. I did cancer research at UNMC, but my main “career” was volunteering in the… Read more →

Grants available for Nebraska schools to start the day with a win

$5,000 Grants Available to Help Nebraska Schools Start the Day With a Win   Note: This is a guest post from Bailey Hansen, Appleseed’s Youth Ambassador Breakfast at school can be hard to get to for many students thanks to busy mornings, late buses, or before-school extracurricular activities. However, schools that serve breakfast through Grab and Go, Breakfast in the… Read more →

Family First Prevention Services Act will ensure stability for Nebraska’s children

Note: This is a guest post from Natalie Bielenberg, Nebraska Appleseed’s Child Welfare Intern. On February 9, 2018, the Trump Administration signed into law the bipartisan Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), with a number of significant changes made to the Act. The FFPSA gave states the flexibility to use federal Title IV-E funds to improve prevention through upfront, evidence-based… Read more →

Chi Health-Appleseed mini-grants boosts participation at summer meal sites

Note: This a guest post from Bailey Hansen, Appleseed’s Youth Ambassador During the school year, breakfast and lunch served at school may be the only meals kids and teens get during the week. But what happens when school ends and summer begins? Many Nebraska families are left scrambling to cover the gap and make ends meet. That’s where summer meals… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes communications director Magdalena Cazarez

Magdalena Cazarez, also known as Maggie, has been leading our communications work since joining Appleseed in April. From Omaha, Maggie is a proud alumna of UNL’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications. She’s passionate about reframing narratives and conversations through thoughtful and creative storytelling. She has experience in branding, marketing, graphic design, and digital communications.  “I’m excited to be back… Read more →