Category: Press Release

STATEMENT: Nebraska families and children to Receive Child Care P-EBT through SNAP

***For Immediate Release*** Friday, June 25, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  Nebraska families and children to Receive Child Care P-EBT through SNAP Approximately $13.6 million in benefits to be provided to 27,500 SNAP-enrolled children Lincoln, NE — On Wednesday, Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced… Read more →

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STATEMENT: State delays LB 108, leaving Nebraskans in limbo

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, June 24, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Thousands of Nebraskans left in limbo awaiting SNAP benefits Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services delays implementation of LB 108 Lincoln, NE — On May 26, 2021, the Unicameral passed Legislative Bill (LB) 108, expanding eligibility… Read more →

STATEMENT: Supreme Court issues a narrow but disappointing ruling on discrimination against same sex coupled foster parents

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, June 17, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  LINCOLN, NE – Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of Catholic Social Services’ ability to discriminate against same sex coupled foster parents in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. Nebraska Appleseed’s Child Welfare Program Director, Sarah… Read more →

STATEMENT: The Affordable Care Act Withstands Legal Challenge

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, June 17, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org The Affordable Care Act Withstands Legal Challenge Lincoln, NE — Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled to preserve the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Nebraska Appleseed’s Senior Director of Programs, James Goddard, issued the following… 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 →

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 ozabih@neappleseed.org 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 →

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 →

Biden administration leaves refugee admissions goal at historic low

***For Immediate Release*** Friday April 16, 2021  Contact: James Goddard Programs Senior Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 570-9462 jgoddard@neappleseed.org Biden administration leaves refugee admissions goal at historic low Historic-low admissions for those seeking safety are against American values Lincoln, NE — Today, the Biden Administration announced that it will keep the historic-low refugee admissions goal of 15,000 set under the… Read more →

“We Are Home” Event Shares Stories, Support for Positive Immigration Laws

***For Immediate Release*** Friday, April 9, 2021 Contact, James Goddard Programs Senior Director, Nebraska Appleseed Mobile: (402) 570-9462 Email: jgoddard@neappleseed.org “We Are Home” Event Shares Stories, Support for Positive Immigration Laws The Nebraska leg of the “Relay Across America” brings together statewide community members to share their stories and call for positive immigration laws Nebraska — On Friday, April 9,… Read more →

RELEASE: Nebraska Appleseed Files Suit to Ensure Access to Benefits in Medicaid Expansion

***For Immediate Release*** February 26th, 2021 Contact: Omaid Zabih Strategy Senior Director Nebraska Appleseed C: (605) 310-4060 ozabih@neappleseed.org Lawsuit Filed to Ensure Access to Benefits in the Medicaid Expansion Program Nebraska officials chose to enact an unlawful tiered benefits system, violating Initiative 427 LINCOLN, NE — On Thursday, February 25th, Nebraska Appleseed and the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) filed… Read more →

STATEMENT: Nebraska Appleseed Welcomes Positive Immigration Plans

***For Immediate Release*** Friday, February 19, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Nebraska Appleseed Welcomes U.S. Citizenship Act and Urges Swift Action by Congress Positive immigration laws will support Nebraska communities, families, and economic recovery Lincoln, NE – On February 18, 2021, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (CA-38) and Senator Bob… Read more →

RELEASE: Nebraska Appleseed’s Molly McCleery Honored as Families USA’s Consumer Experience Health Advocate of the Year

***For Immediate Release*** January 26, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Nebraska Appleseed’s Molly McCleery Honored as Families USA’s Consumer Experience Health Advocate of the Year Lincoln, Nebraska – On Tuesday, January 26, Molly McCleery, Director of the Health Care Access Program at Nebraska Appleseed, was recognized as Families… Read more →

STATEMENT: Nebraska Appleseed Welcomes Positive Immigration Plans

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, January 21, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Nebraska Appleseed Welcomes Positive Immigration Plans Long-overdue positive immigration plans to provide stability for Nebraska families, communities LINCOLN, NE — On the first day in office, the Biden-Harris Administration announced plans to send a positive new immigration… Read more →

STATEMENT: Nebraska Appleseed Responds to the Governor’s State of the State Address

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, January 14, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Response to the Governor’s State of the State Address Addressing inequitable and unjust systems to ensure policies work for all of our communities LINCOLN, NE – On Thursday, January 14, Nebraska Appleseed’s Executive Director, Becky Gould, issued… Read more →

RELEASE: Community advocacy groups, Senator Vargas to present clear and enforceable COVID-19 protections in 2021 session

***For Immediate Release*** January 11, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Community advocacy groups, Senator Vargas to present clear and enforceable COVID-19 protections in 2021 session Lincoln, NE — On Monday, January 11, Nebraska community advocates and Senator Tony Vargas held a virtual press conference to introduce two legislative… Read more →

Vaccine Statement

STATEMENT: Every Nebraskan must have equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, January 5, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Every Nebraskan must have equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of status Lincoln, NE – On Monday, Nebraska Governor Ricketts announced the state’s plan for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. In response to a reporter… Read more →

RELEASE: Child Welfare Case Management in the Eastern Service Area Causes Concerns for Stability and Equity

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, December 22, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext. 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  Child Welfare Case Management in the Eastern Service Area Causes Concerns for Stability and Equity All youth and families in Nebraska’s child welfare system deserve stability and equitable access to supportive services and care Lincoln, NE —… Read more →

SNAP

RELEASE: After over 1000 Nebraskans sign petition, Governor Ricketts plans to extend SNAP Emergency Allotments

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, November 5, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  After over 1000 Nebraskans sign petition, Governor Ricketts plans to extend SNAP Emergency Allotments Lincoln, NE — Today, Governor Ricketts announced Nebraska will be extending Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Emergency Allotments to eligible SNAP participants in November. Nebraska Appleseed’s Economic Justice… Read more →

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 →

STATEMENT: Appleseed responds to complicated Medicaid expansion waiver approval

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Nebraska Appleseed Responds to Federal Approval of Medicaid Expansion Waiver Nebraska does not need a complicated waiver system that makes it harder for Nebraskans to access health care Lincoln, NE — Today, Governor Ricketts announced the federal approval of the Section 1115… Read more →

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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 →

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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 →

RELEASE: New national report highlights the need for urgent protections in meat and poultry plants

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, August 13, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Mobile: 402-504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Kria Sakakeeny Mobile: 401-359-2219 ksakakeeny@oxfamamerica.org New national report highlights need for urgent protections in meat and poultry plants A new Oxfam America report features interviews with dozens of workers nationwide who cite dangerous practices in plants, as thousands of workers continue to contract COVID-19 Lincoln, NE— A… Read more →

Unicameral

STATEMENT: Nebraska Legislature fails to protect essential Nebraskans

***For Immediate Release*** Wednesday, July 28, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director Cell: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org The Nebraska Legislature failed to protect essential Nebraskans Motion to suspend the rules to introduce a bill to protect workers fails by only two votes LINCOLN, NE – Today, a motion filed by Nebraska State Senator Tony Vargas to suspend the rules to permit… Read more →