Author: Eric Savaiano

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 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 →

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   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: 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: 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 →

Tax credits, rural customers increase in 2017-18 ACA enrollment

On Tuesday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final report for the 2018 Open Enrollment Period for the Health Insurance Marketplace. Overall, national enrollment of approximately 11.8 million Americans was just three percent below last year’s total. Clearly, there is strong demand for quality and affordable health insurance and the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) ability to… Read more →

Schools can apply for Nutrition Equipment Grants to increase meal programs

Midwest Dairy is pleased to offer School Nutrition Equipment Grants. The on-line grant application will be open from April 1-30. The purpose of the grant is to assist School Nutrition Directors in the purchase of equipment that will enhance the long-term implementation of their school meal programs with a preference to increasing school breakfasts served outside the cafeteria and after-school suppers. Nebraska… Read more →

The Western Nebraska Better Breakfast Challenge Winners!

This is a guest post from Appleseed Health Care intern Suzie Cho.   During the month of October, Nebraska Appleseed, in partnership with Safeway and the Albertsons Companies Foundation, hosted the Western Nebraska Better Breakfast Challenge to help schools jumpstart their breakfast programs and improve participation. The Challenge saw 12 elementary schools in Gering, Hemingford, Mitchell, Morrill, Paxton, and Scottsbluff compete… Read more →

Nebraska again lags in providing children meals in summer

Access to food is critical to the education and well-being of children in both Nebraska’s urban and rural communities. By using tools such as the summer foods programs to their maximum benefit, we can make sure our kids are healthy and hunger-free throughout the summer months. For some students from lower-income families, their school is sometimes the only place they… Read more →

Major opportunities for Nebraska to increase school meals for students

Last week, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) released its annual report on state participation in Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) nationwide. Nebraska rose in the rankings this year to 43rd out of 50 states and the District of Columbia (up from 47th in 2016) in eligible school districts taking up the option, but remained in 50th place for the… Read more →

Open Enrollment 2017 Final Report: Nebraska’s Success

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final report for the 2017 Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment period (including additional data) this past week. The data shows that Nebraskans continue to value and benefit from the quality insurance provided through the ACA, even amidst the national uncertainty surrounding the law. Nebraska enrolled 84,371 individuals in health coverage… Read more →

The Benefits of School Breakfast for Learning and Health

In Nebraska, more than 97,000 children are food insecure. Offering school breakfast that is healthy and easy is one way Nebraskans can prioritize the health and learning of kids. According to the Food Research and Action Center, children who miss breakfast have lower math scores, repeat grades more often, are more likely to be absent and tardy, and have more… Read more →

Breakfast after the Bell

Nebraska Appleseed helps offer technical assistance and financial support to eligible Nebraska schools that switch to breakfast in the classroom through the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom initiative. See if your school is eligible. This blog is part of a series highlighting the benefits of breakfast in the classroom and its effects on student outcomes. It’s been proven again… Read more →

Partners for Breakfast In the Classroom helps schools feed students

Nebraska schools just got a powerful new resource to better offer a healthy school breakfast to the kids who need it most. The Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (PBIC) program recently launched in Nebraska. This consortium of national and local partners, including Nebraska Appleseed, can offer technical assistance as well as financial support to let schools make sure their… Read more →

Open Enrollment, Campaign Successes and Tax Season Enrollment

At least 74,000 Nebraskans can rest a little bit easier knowing that they are covered by health insurance following the close of the national open enrollment period February 15. The Department of Health and Human Services announced state numbers February 18 and also reported that over 11.4 million individuals signed up nationwide, surpassing the goal set by the White House in… Read more →

Shopping around could mean big savings on health insurance

For those who signed up for health insurance last enrollment period through Health Insurance Marketplace, plans will be automatically renewed for the upcoming year starting tomorrow. While this makes it easier for individuals to stay covered, most could save money by reviewing their plans and considering switching to a different insurer.  According to an article in The New York Times,… Read more →