Author: Eric Savaiano

Why is $760K better than $7.6M?

When Governor Ricketts announced he was extending Pandemic-EBT, a program that replaces school meals for kids whose schools have closed because of COVID-19, he used it as justification for not extending SNAP Emergency Allotments, a federal program that put around $7.6M in SNAP benefits in the hands of 40,000 Nebraska households per month. We were the ONLY state not to… Read more →

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Take Action: Tell your Senators more relief is needed

Last week, Congress took an important step to ensure families have the food they need as hardships from the COVID-19 pandemic continue. Food insecurity has dramatically risen in Nebraska since March with an estimated additional 17% of Nebraskans without the nutritious food they need to live a healthy and active lifestyle. The U.S. House & Senate have passed legislation that,… Read more →

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Take Action: Emergency food is still needed across Nebraska

Nebraska was the ONLY state in the country to not extend SNAP emergency benefits for families who need support to buy groceries through the month of August. Every other state has acted to continue these benefits. As Nebraskans continue to feel the economic impacts of COVID-19, why should struggling families here be cut off from the vital assistance every other… Read more →

Grants available for Nebraska schools meeting nutrition needs during COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to push school nutrition programs to their limits, No Kid Hungry and Nebraska Appleseed are excited to announce a funding opportunity to support providing food and nutrition to Nebraska families and children. This grant is open on a rolling basis and can offer funds ranging from $5,000 – $50,000. Funds are intended to support programs… Read more →

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Over 150,000 Nebraska children in low-income families now eligible to receive Pandemic-EBT

Thanks to community efforts across the state, Nebraska now joins 44 states and the District of Columbia in participating in the Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) program. P-EBT addresses the loss of food access for children during school closures by providing electronic benefits for food assistance to students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. 156,257 Nebraska children will now be able to receive… Read more →

#ThankAHungerHero Day is May 27

“How are kids supposed to eat if they aren’t allowed in the school?” “Where am I going to get the money to pay for 10 more meals a week?” “Is help available?” Questions like these likely came up thousands of times as schools across Nebraska closed their doors for the school year because of COVID-19 coming from parents, caretakers, and… Read more →

Schools are closed but meal service continues across Nebraska

School meals available for children and families Schools are closed but meal service continues across Nebraska The COVID-19 virus has forced all of Nebraska 244 school districts to close for the foreseeable future, but it has not stopped the heroic efforts of school personnel to feed students. Grab and Go Below is a list of known communities that are offering… Read more →

Release: Go Big Breakfast Coalition and No Kid Hungry support Breakfast through school grants

***For Immediate Release*** Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Contacts: Eric Savaiano Go Big Breakfast Facilitator Senior Program Coordinator, Nebraska Appleseed (402) 438-8853 ext. 126, esavaiano@neappleseed.org  Sharon Davis Administrator, Office of Nutrition Services Nebraska Department of Education (402) 471-3559, Sharon.L.Davis@nebraska.gov Go Big Breakfast Coalition and No Kid Hungry support Breakfast Programs through local school grants 20 Nebraska public schools awarded grants to… Read more →

New Report: Go Big Breakfast helping Nebraska schools fight hunger

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Contact: Eric Savaiano Economic Justice Senior Program Coordinator Office: (402) 438-8853 ext 126 esavaiano@neappleseed.org New Report: Go Big Breakfast helping Nebraska schools fight hunger Schools are seeing better results in student health and academic performance LINCOLN, NE – National data shows Nebraska continues to trail behind nearly all states in providing children with… Read more →

Best Practices Toolkit to help schools serve nutritious, summer meals!

The Summer Food Service Programs (SFSP) provides a vital service to Nebraska communities by providing children ages one to 18 with free meals during the months when school is out. Kids can show up to a safe, welcoming location — often at a school or local community organization — to eat a balanced and nutritious meal that keeps them active… Read more →

Release: Nebraska continues to rank near bottom of U.S. in School Breakfast

***For Immediate Release*** February 13, 2020 Contact, Eric Savaiano Senior Program Coordinator, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext. 126 E: esavaiano@neappleseed.org Nebraska continues to rank near bottom of U.S. in School Breakfast State’s low participation in school breakfast means poorer outcomes for students, missed federal funding Lincoln, NE — Although Nebraska still ranks near the bottom of the country in… Read more →

Better Breakfast Leaders: Brady Public Schools reduces stigma and feeds more kids through alternative breakfast

School and District leadership plays a vital role in whether students get the food they need during the school day. It’s their observations, attention to data, and decisions that dictate many students’ meal-time experiences in school.  Superintendent James McGown of Brady Public Schools, about 30 minutes east of North Platte, is one leader whose decisions helped reduce hunger in his… Read more →

Better Breakfast Leaders: Bayard Public Schools leaders learned by doing

The national benchmark, for school breakfast participation is 7 low-income students eating breakfast for every 10 eating lunch. Nationally, we serve a little over 5 in 10 kids. In Nebraska, we serve 4 in 10, placing us 48th in the nation. However, around 17 districts in our state are hitting or exceeding the national benchmark including Bayard Public Schools.  About… Read more →

Better Breakfast Leaders: Lincoln’s Campbell Elementary ensures students are fed through grab and go breakfast

Note: This a guest post from Claire Breen, Economic Justice Intern For faculty and staff at Campbell Elementary School in Lincoln, NE, focusing on the well-being of their students has always been a priority. So, when it became clear that many of their students didn’t always have a chance to eat breakfast before school, they took immediate steps to implement… Read more →

RELEASE: Nebraska continues to rank near bottom of U.S. in Summer Meals

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, July 11, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Ext 119 Cell: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Nebraska continues to rank near bottom of U.S. in Summer Meals Participation in summer meals helps children get prepared for classroom success   LINCOLN – Nutritious summer meals should be available to all children all year round. However, national… Read more →

Nebraska Summer Food Service Program Begins

Note: This a guest post from Claire Breen, Economic Justice Intern Nebraska Summer Food Service Program Begins Now Tools available for families to access free healthy meals during summer months Summer is here! Nebraska’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites are helping feed Nebraskan children, ensuring everyone has the meals they need to stay healthy and be ready for classroom… Read more →

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RELEASE: More Nebraska schools eligible to fight classroom hunger with nutritious meals

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director (402) 438-8853 Ext. 119 mcazarez@neappleseed.org   More Nebraska schools eligible to fight classroom hunger with nutritious meals Healthy meals at school is an essential part of many students’ days. LINCOLN – 275 Nebraska schools will be eligible to serve more students free meals for the 2019-20 school year… Read more →

Marketplace Open Enrollment 2018 Trends and Summary

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their final enrollment report for the 2018 open enrollment period this week. Enrollment data tables by state, county, and zip code were released as well. From this data, we can see that, indeed, the Health Insurance Marketplace is still a functional and vital resource for Nebraskans and the United States. Amid… Read more →

Nebraska continues to rank near bottom nationally in School Breakfast

State’s low participation in school breakfast means poorer outcomes for students, missed federal funding Despite a slight increase in participation, Nebraska still ranks near the bottom of the country in providing students in need with a nutritious breakfast at school according to the School Breakfast Scorecard, released annually by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). Each year, FRAC’s School… Read more →

Better Breakfast Partners kicks off in Grand Island and Aurora

In just a few days, a small group of dedicated school nutrition directors from Central Nebraska will be convening around a shared goal: getting more students to participate in school breakfast. Nebraska Appleseed will be hosting this group that we’re calling the Better Breakfast Partners. We know that hunger exists in Nebraska schools, even in communities with low levels of… Read more →

Seniors in Nebraska Struggle with Food Insecurity for the Holidays

***For Immediate Release*** December 20, 2018 Contact: Eric Savaiano Program Associate, Economic Justice Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402)438-8853, Ext. 126 Email: esaviano@neappleseed.org Seniors in Nebraska Struggle with Food Insecurity Nebraska’s senior SNAP participation lags behind the rest of the country LINCOLN — In Nebraska, 8.3 percent of households with seniors (60+) face food insecurity, according to an analysis by the Food Research &… Read more →

Letter from GED tutor following release of Appleseed GED report

Nebraska Appleseed received the following letter from Kate Trindle, a retired social studies teacher who volunteers to tutor GED students, in response to our recently released report, Diminished Returns: Low GED® Participation Adds to Nebraska’s Workforce Challenges. Kate has personally seen how changes to the GED program in Nebraska have hurt accessibility and completion in Nebraska. She agreed to let us share… Read more →

RELEASE: New Report Shows Challenges, Opportunities for High School Equivalency and Workforce Development in Nebraska

***For Immediate Release*** December 3, 2018 Contact, Eric Savaiano Program Associate, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402)438-8853, Ext. 126 Email: esavaiano@neappleseed.org New Report: Low GED® Participation Adds to Nebraska’s Workforce Challenges Nebraska’s GED® completion rate fell 80% between 2013 and 2015 LINCOLN — Earning a high school diploma or its equivalent is more important than ever to ensure personal and professional success.… Read more →

Summer food sites make sure Nebraska kids don’t go hungry when school lets out

This is a guest post from Sarah Liewer, Nebraska campaign lead for No Kid Hungry. Adequate meals in the summer are essential to children’s health and learning retention, however, thousands of children in Nebraska are food insecure and struggle to eat when they are not in school – most importantly in the summer months. Currently, only 15 percent of children… Read more →

Every Kid Healthy Week aims to spark change to improve the health of Nebraska children

Nebraska Appleseed is excited to be a part of Every Kid Healthy Week in 2018! Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual week-long recognition of wellness achievements in schools across the country. It was launched by our partners at Action for Healthy Kids in 2013 and will be hosted this year from April 23-27. Schools can join us in celebrating… Read more →