A closer look at the foster care system pt 2

Racial Inequalities at Every Step of the Child Welfare System (Part Two of Taking A Closer Look at the System)

We believe the child welfare system should ensure the welfare of all families within its care, both in intent and practice. But is this possible with a system that is inherently and impactfully harmful?  With recent calls to “Defund the Police” in response to the egregious and violent targeting of Black and Brown people by …

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Nebraska SNAP Emergency ALlotment Distribution Months

SNAP Emergency Allotments should not be considered with Overpayments

Federal law requires states to pursue SNAP overpayments, regardless of whether that overpayment resulted from household or agency error. (see our blog for more details). However, due to the pandemic, benefits provided through SNAP Emergency Allotments are generally not subject to the same overpayment collection rules as standard SNAP assistance. Appealing the overpayment and requesting …

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Grocery Cary

Know your rights: Have you received a demand letter for a SNAP overpayment?

Facing a SNAP overpayment or worried about receiving one? Below, you’ll find resources with information on… Why an overpayment might happen  Steps you can take to resolve or appeal an overpayment, and Tips on minimizing your risk of receiving overpayment notices in the future. Did you know… federal law requires states to pursue SNAP overpayments, …

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Foster Care Awarenes Month

May is Foster Care Awareness Month. Let’s take a closer look at the system.

Taking a Closer Look at the Foster Care System We believe that all youth and families interacting with the foster care, or “child welfare,” system should have equitable access to the supports and services they need to thrive. Their rights should be protected as they do so, and the child welfare system should be best …

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Tea Time: Upcoming inclusion events you won’t want to miss!

How are we in May already? But here we all are, and as the May flowers blossom in all their colorful glory, there are many emerging opportunities around cultivating communities where everyone feels that they belong. Belonging Begins With Us Together, we can create communities where everyone feels they belong. Together with Welcoming America’s Belonging …

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Health Care Experience

Give your feedback on Health Care in Nebraska

We’re working to ensure that all Nebraskans have access to quality, affordable health care. We are seeking input from you and Nebraskans across the state in order to learn about today’s biggest health care issues. Your voice makes a difference Share your experience regarding health care in Nebraska to help inform our priorities and practices …

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Match your support during Give to Lincoln Day!

Give to Lincoln Day is one of the biggest opportunities all year to make a huge impact on building a just, vibrant, and inclusive Nebraska.  Contribute to Appleseed now through May 26th and your support not only increases a proportional match of $500,000 from Lincoln Community Foundation, but generous friends of Appleseed will also give …

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Capitol

2022 Legislative session wrap up

Last Wednesday the Legislature adjourned sine die, meaning the body has concluded its work for the session.  This year’s session introduced many new and unique challenges and opportunities. On top of normal business, senators also had to address how to allocate $1 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) coronavirus relief funds. The number of …

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Schools

Nebraska Appleseed’s School Nutrition Equity Cohort shows amazing results!

“This cohort has made me more aware of the audience we feed.” – Mary Carman, Gering Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services Director “I have learned that equity matters and we need to work hard to make everything available to every student.” – Gail Beyer, Bridgeport Public Schools Administrative Assistant Nebraska’s school nutrition programs continue improving food …

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Capitol

Historic child welfare bill passes

This Wednesday is the last official day of the 2022 session! Unless there are veto override votes, all of this session’s legislative business is complete. Wednesday’s agenda will mostly consist of closing remarks from senators, the Speaker, and the Governor.  Last week was an extremely busy time at the legislature, with successful passage of two …

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