Category: Economic Justice

SNAP petition signers

RELEASE: More than 1,200 Nebraskans Urge Governor Ricketts to Extend SNAP Emergency Allotments

***For Immediate Release*** Wednesday, October 21, 2020 For questions about SNAP, contact:  Eric Savaiano Economic Justice Program Manager, Food and Nutrition Access O: (402) 438-8853 x 126 esavaiano@neappleseed.org Media contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org More than 1,200 Nebraskans Urge Governor Ricketts to Extend SNAP Emergency Allotments Representing 106 communities, Nebraskans express grave concerns, causing… Read more →

“Our Heroes Wear Aprons”: Cheering On Nebraska School Nutrition Professionals during National School Lunch Week

FUNDING ALERT: No Kid Hungry and Nebraska Appleseed are offering grants of up to $50,000 to Nebraska school nutrition programs making adaptations because of COVID-19 now through December 2020. View the RFP and apply today! Across Nebraska, children are benefiting from school nutrition professionals’ hard work to expand food access for students. During this National School Lunch week (October 12-16),… Read more →

Meet Appleseed’s 2020 Fall Interns and Law Clerks

Each year, 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. Although we have had to adjust the way we work during the COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to have interns and clerks join our team from across the nation! Meet some of… Read more →

Help protect Nebraskans from being caught in a cycle of debt

For years, payday lenders have issued predatory, fee-packed loans to our neighbors across Nebraska. Payday loans are designed to trap borrowers in a cycle of debt that is extremely difficult to break. Just last year, the Nebraska Department of Banking reported the average contracted annual percentage rate on payday loans was 405%. Marketed as a short-term fix, the loan terms… Read more →

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 →

Appleseed welcomes new Weitz Fellow Mika Takamori!

Mika Takamori recently joined Appleseed as the new Weitz Fellow. In the midst of the pandemic, she graduated from Carleton College with a Studio Art degree and a History minor. She has lived in a few cities including Tokyo, San Francisco, and Minneapolis and is excited to now be exploring Lincoln!   She is passionate about figuring out how to… Read more →

You’re invited: SNAP Emergency Allotment Press Conference

My name is Megan and I am the new Economic Justice Community Organizer at Nebraska Appleseed. I am honored to join this dedicated group of individuals who advocate for food access in our state. I am writing today to invite you to watch our upcoming SNAP Emergency Allotment Press Conference happening tomorrow morning. In this conference, you will have the… Read more →

All Nebraska Families Need COVID-19 Relief

We are all feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including our immigrant neighbors We need relief during a pandemic. While previous federal COVID-relief efforts have brought support and protection to some, millions of immigrant families have been excluded and continue to struggle during the pandemic across the country. Mixed-status families were excluded from federal COVID-19 relief, even if one… Read more →

Resources Available: Nationwide Eviction Moratorium Goes Into Effect

On Friday, September 4, 2020 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an order placing a nationwide moratorium on most evictions for nonpayment of rent through the end of the year. The order went into effect the same day, and provides much-needed protections for Nebraskan families. As many as 107,000 Nebraska renters at risk of eviction Previous measures… Read more →

SNAP

STATEMENT: Nebraska Appleseed Responds to Governor’s Statement on SNAP Max Allotments

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, September 10, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director Cell: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Nebraska Appleseed Responds to Governor’s Statement on SNAP Max Allotments For many Nebraskans, the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continues LINCOLN, NE – As of September 10, 2020, Nebraska remains to be the only state not to extend SNAP emergency allotments to individuals… Read more →

TAKE ACTION: Support Crucial COVID-19 Relief

Many of the essential protections in the CARES Act, passed in March, have now expired, yet  Nebraskans continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis. While the U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, the Senate has yet to act to  provide critical and inclusive relief to thousands of Nebraskans, including Black and Latinx communities who have… Read more →

SNAP

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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RELEASE: Organizations Urge Nebraska Governor to Continue Providing Food Relief for Nebraskans Hurt by COVID-19

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, August 20, 2020 For questions about P-EBT and SNAP, Contact: Eric Savaiano Economic Justice Program Manager, Food and Nutrition Access O: (402) 438-8853 x 126 esavaiano@neappleseed.org Media Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  Organizations Urge Nebraska Governor to Continue Providing Food Relief for Nebraskans Hurt by COVID-19 Reopen the application for… Read more →

2020 Wrap Up: Legislature adjourns sine die

Last Thursday, the Legislature adjourned sine die. They will not officially return until the start of a new legislative session in January. The last few days were filled with farewells to term-limited senators and final votes on remaining bills on final reading. Appleseed saw a few of our priority bills pass last week, too, and those bills have since been… Read more →

The FFCRA: Back-to-School Edition

Paid leave available for some working parents with children out of school or childcare due to COVID-19 The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was the first aid package passed by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FFCRA contains paid leave provisions related to the pandemic. The provision that has gotten the most attention provides expanded paid sick… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes community organizer Victoria ‘Tori’ Ostenso

Victoria Ostenso, also known as Tori, joined our Economic Justice team as a Community Organizer focused on our payday lending work. Tori’s pronouns are she/her/hers. Fun fact: Tori was our first Weitz Fellow in 2015-16!  Tori’s most memorable experience while working at Appleseed was going on 4-5 day outreach/advocacy trips with fellow organizers “out West” to some of the more… Read more →

We (still) need essential protections for essential workers

Yesterday, the Nebraska Legislature returned to session with now less than 16 days remaining to address the many issues impacting Nebraskans this year. You can find today’s legislative agenda here. Take Action: Essential protections for essential meat and poultry workers For the last several months, we have experienced the drastic impacts COVID-19 has had on meatpacking workers – our family… Read more →

TAKE ACTION: Tell Nebraska’s U.S. Senators to Pass Crucial COVID-19 Relief

Over two months ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, which closed gaps in previous relief measures to further support families and communities as they continue to confront the COVID-19 public health crisis. It is far past time for the Senate to act to provide critical and inclusive relief to thousands of Nebraskans, including Black and Latinx… Read more →

Raise your voice: Advocacy Training and Policymaker Listening Sessions

Advocacy Training: Racial Justice & COVID-19 in Nebraska The effects of the pandemic are widespread, but its health and economic impacts have fallen hardest on Nebraskans of color. The coronavirus has already claimed the lives of hundreds of Nebraskans, but Latinx, Asian, and Black Nebraskans are being hospitalized and dying at significantly higher rates. Join us tonight to prepare and… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes staff attorney Diane Amdor

Diane Amdor joined our team as a Staff Attorney in the Economic Justice program this spring! Diane’s pronouns are she/her/hers. As a Staff Attorney, Diane works to combine litigation and policy to create effective pathways out of poverty for everyone in Nebraska. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Duquesne University in 2006, and graduated from the University… 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 →

STATEMENT: Nebraska approved to implement Pandemic EBT, a federal option under SNAP

***For Immediate Release*** Friday, June 19, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  Nebraska approved to implement Pandemic EBT, a federal option under SNAP Ensuring over 150,000 Nebraska children and families have the meals they need to stay healthy Lincoln, NE — On Thursday, June 18, 2020, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services… Read more →

A message from our Collective Impact Lincoln: Black Lives Matter.

Dear neighbors, Collective Impact Lincoln was created in the spirit of listening to and learning from our neighbors, connecting Lincolnites to resources and power structures within our city, and helping foster resident-led change. As we mourn the death of George Floyd and, most recently, James Scurlock of Omaha, we stand with you to say Black lives matter. We know the… Read more →