Tag: SNAP

SNAP can help those facing flooding

The recent flooding in Nebraska has been devastating for many communities. For those that need food, or have lost food due to the flooding, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps, may be able to help. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, “Residents of Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders or Washington counties… Read more →

RELEASE: Congress urged to protect Food Assistance for Nebraska veterans

***For Immediate Release*** November 8, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853, Ext. 119 Cell: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Ahead of Veterans Day, Nebraska Advocates Urge Congress to Protect Food Assistance for Veterans Program helps nearly 1.4 million low-income veterans, including thousands in Nebraska   LINCOLN — As the nation prepares to observe Veterans… Read more →

RELEASE – State urged to increase outreach to seniors struggling with hunger

***For Immediate Release*** September 18, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   State urged to increase outreach to seniors struggling with hunger Nebraska seniors who are eligible for food assistance participate in rates below the national average   LINCOLN — With Congress needing to pass the 2018 Farm Bill… Read more →

National Survey Finds 12 Percent of Nebraska Households Struggle to Afford Food

***For Immediate Release*** August 1, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   National Survey Finds 12 Percent of Nebraska Households Struggle to Afford Food New Data Underscores Need to Protect and Improve Federal Nutrition Programs   LINCOLN — In every part of the United States, a large number of… Read more →

RELEASE – SNAP cuts proposed in Farm Bill would hurt thousands of Nebraska families

***For Immediate Release*** June 21, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Cell: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   SNAP cuts in House Farm Bill will punish Nebraskans struggling with hunger Congressmen’s vote today will take food off the table for seniors, children, and those between jobs   LINCOLN — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives… Read more →

STATEMENT: Senate Farm bill reaffirms bipartisan commitment to food security

***For Immediate Release*** June 13, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed\ Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Senate Farm Bill reaffirms important, bipartisan commitment to food assistance Bill protects SNAP, Nebraska Senators urged to oppose harmful amendments that would increase hunger   LINCOLN — Wednesday, the Senate Agriculture Committee voted 20-1 to advance the Senate’s… Read more →

Why the new Farm Bill could harm Nebraskans struggling with hunger

Right now, Congress is considering the reauthorization of the Farm Bill. While the name may make one think of fields and agricultural equipment, the Farm Bill has a far-reaching impact on programs that ensure food security and fight poverty in the United States.   Farm Bill Background The Farm Bill is a broad piece of legislation that addresses most federal… Read more →

Take Action: Stop food cuts in Farm Bill that would hurt vulnerable Nebraskans

Will you make a phone call today to protect the ability for tens of thousands of Nebraskans to put food on their table? Now is an important time for your Congressman to hear from you. Last week, the House Agriculture Committee proposed the 2018 Farm Bill, which put forward drastic cuts and harmful new restrictions to our country’s most-important food security program, the Supplemental… Read more →

RELEASE – SNAP cuts proposed in Farm Bill would hurt thousands of Nebraska families

***For Immediate Release*** April 12, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Cell: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   SNAP cuts proposed in draft Farm Bill would hurt thousands of Nebraska families New restrictions on food assistance will take meals off the table, plunge more Nebraskans into poverty   LINCOLN — The 2018 Farm Bill introduced today by the… Read more →

During Thanksgiving, NE organizations call for Congress not to weaken anti-hunger programs

***For Immediate Release*** November 20, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Cell: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   This Thanksgiving, Nebraska organizations urge strengthening of programs that fight hunger SNAP cuts would deepen poverty for Nebraska children, families   LINCOLN — With Nebraska’s food insecurity rate at nearly 12 percent, hundreds of thousands of Nebraska… Read more →

Appleseed In Action – August 2017 – Updates from D.C.

Appleseed In Action – August 2017 News and Events   In this month’s edition of Appleseed In Action: Senate rejects latest ACA repeal effort New bills would allow DREAMers to earn citizenship House budget proposal would endanger many working families Appleseed welcomes organizer Felipe Blanco 2017 Good Apple Awards – Meet the Honorees Senate rejects another effort to repeal Affordable… Read more →

Nebraska organizations urge House members to protect anti-hunger programs

There are hundreds of thousands of Nebraska families that struggle with hunger, and food security programs are some of the most-effective ways to make sure that every Nebraskan – children, seniors, veterans, and other hard-working people – are able to get the food they need. Friday, a group of 10 Nebraska organizations sent a letter to Nebraska’s three House members… Read more →

New Report: Opportunity to improve job training for hard-working Nebraskans

***For Immediate Release*** December 22, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   New Report: Nebraska can improve job training for hard-working people Opportunities to invest in skills training would help families get ahead, boost economy   LINCOLN — Helping hard-working families lift themselves out of poverty means making sure… Read more →

Recap of 2016 Nebraska Legislative Session

The 2016 Nebraska Legislative session ended with a flourish last week with two of Appleseed’s priority bills passing into law! It was a great end to the session. However, while there were some important policies advanced at the State Capitol, this session largely will be remembered as a session of missed opportunities to remove barriers for hard-working Nebraska families. Let’s… Read more →

RELEASE – Settlement agreement reached in class-action food assistance lawsuit

***For Immediate Release*** March 4, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org Russ Reno Public Information Officer, DHHS Office: (402) 471-8287 Russ.Reno@nebraska.gov Proposed settlement will help Nebraska families eligible for food assistance Agreement would end lawsuit regarding delays in administering SNAP   LINCOLN — An agreement recently was reached between the Nebraska… Read more →

PRESS RELEASE – Nearly 12 percent of Nebraska families facing food hardship

***For Immediate Release*** August 21, 2015 Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Number of Nebraska families facing food hardship remains steady in 2015 Hunger data shows slight improvement, but too many Nebraskans still struggle to eat LINCOLN — New data released Thursday from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)… Read more →

Press Release: New report shows 12 percent of Nebraskans face hunger

***For Immediate Release*** April 7, 2015 Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Survey Finds 12 Percent of Nebraska Households Struggle to Afford Food New Data Underscores Need to Protect and Improve Federal Nutrition Programs   LINCOLN – One in 8 people – 12.8 percent of respondents – in Nebraska reported… Read more →

Food assistance lawsuit vs DHHS gets class certification

***For Immediate Release*** April 1, 2015 Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Class Certification Approved for Lawsuit to Protect Nebraskans Eligible for Food Assistance Suit claims Nebraska HHS unlawfully delayed food assistance beyond legal time frames   LINCOLN – Tuesday afternoon, a federal district court judge approved class certification in a lawsuit… Read more →

Legislative Update – March 16

Nebraska Appleseed’s Legislative Update News and Updates from the Nebraska Unicameral March 16, 2015 Last week, committees met and discussed two of Appleseed’s top priority bills, but we still await action on one of them during this final week of committee hearings. HHS Committee advances LB 472 to the floor On March 10, the Health and Human Services Committee voted… Read more →

Legislative Update

This is your weekly Nebraska Legislature update. Committee Hearings last week Appleseed testified on several bills during Legislature committee hearings last week. LB 12 – A bill to streamline the Medicaid process for eligible Nebraskans who enter and leave the criminal justice system. This bill will improve health care access while saving costs in the corrections system. Appleseed testified in… Read more →

Justice for families facing hunger

When kids and families experience tough times the last thing they need is uncertainty about where they will find their next meal. Yet approximately 30 percent of all Nebraska households applying for food assistance needlessly wait longer than a month for approval for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Because of the State of Nebraska’s troubled ACCESS Nebraska benefit processing… Read more →

SNAP error rates continue to be at record lows

Error rates in food assistance programs nationwide continue to be at record lows according to an analysis from Stateline (a project of Pew Charitable Trusts). This impressive accuracy comes even as the number of Americans enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) grew during the Great Recession, which began in 2007. Stateline’s study credited the reduction in error rate… Read more →

Appleseed In Action – September 2014

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – September 2014 9/3/2014 In this September edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Minimum wage Initiative 425 officially goes on ballot Bridge to Independence for youth aging out of foster care gets federal approval Lawsuit filed to protect Nebraskans eligible for food assistance Nebraskans urge Congressmen to help Stop Separating Families Get your tickets for… Read more →

There are many faces of hunger in Nebraska

A new study released this week highlighted the often-overlooked fact that food insecurity is a problem faced by hundreds of thousands of our friends and neighbors here in Nebraska. The study, Hunger In America 2014, was produced by Feeding America, an anti-hunger organization that operates a nationwide series of food banks. It examines the number and demographics of people who… Read more →

RELEASE – Lawsuit alleges Nebraska DHHS unlawfully delaying food assistance

***For Immediate Release*** Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Class-Action Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Nebraskans Eligible for Food Assistance Suit claims Nebraska DHHS unlawfully delays SNAP beyond legal time frames LINCOLN — Today, Nebraska Appleseed and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of… Read more →

Farmers’ markets a new option for nutritious, local food for low-income families

In Nebraska, 14 farmers’ markets now accept payment in the form of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (formerly called ‘food stamps’).  This increases low-income families’ access to fresh produce, locally-sourced dairy products, and even seeds and plants that produce food. This option also benefits local farmers, because the equipment needed to process SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards also allows… Read more →

RELEASE – More Nebraska schools can offer meals to hungry kids

***For Immediate Release*** May 1, 2014 Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nearly 100 Nebraska Schools Eligible to Participate in Free School Meals Today, the Nebraska Department of Education announced 94 schools in Nebraska will be eligible to serve more free meals to students using a powerful new tool known as… Read more →

November 1 reduction in SNAP funding is about to hurt Nebraska families

At the end of this week, thousands of Nebraska families who receive food assistance will face even more uncertainty because of a nationwide reduction in payments from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. On November 1, there will be a nationwide reduction in payments from SNAP, formerly called ‘food stamps’, which helps about 180,000 Nebraskans – or 10 percent of our… Read more →

Nebraska Appleseed statement opposing damaging House bill to cut SNAP

Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Passage of House “Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act” LINCOLN — Today, Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Rebecca Gould released the following statement on the House of Representatives’ “Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act,” (H.R. 3102) passed by the House on Thursday. “SNAP helps Nebraskans feed their families when they face hard times. The bill approved in… Read more →

Take Action: Oppose dangerous House proposal to slash food assistance

No Nebraskan should have to go hungry.  But, this week the House of Representatives will introduce a bill that would slash $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), which helps nearly 180,000 people in Nebraska – a large proportion of them children – get enough to eat. We are urging you to call your congressman… Read more →

Details emerge about dangerous House proposal to drastically cut food assistance

Last week, we told you about newly released data that shows 1 in 7 Nebraska households struggle with hunger, while at the same time, the House of Representatives will introduce a bill this month that will slash $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps thousands of working families and children in Nebraska get enough to eat.… Read more →

New USDA data show 1 in 7 Nebraska households struggle with hunger

According to new data released Wednesday, 1 in 7 Nebraska households struggle against hunger. The statistics, compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service, show 13.4 percent of Nebraska households struggled with hunger on average in the years 2010-2012 according to the USDA’s annual report on food insecurity. More than 48.9 million Americans lived in households that… Read more →

Appleseed Law Clerks and Interns – Meet Emily Johnson

Note: Each year, Nebraska Appleseed is fortunate to work with a number of bright, talented law clerks and interns. This is one of a series of posts that feature Appleseed’s clerks and interns discussing their backgrounds and experiences. Name: Emily Johnson Hometown: Victorville, California Position: Economic Justice Intern About Me: “I go school at Hastings College, I’m a senior this… Read more →

Split of Food Assistance from House Farm Bill a serious concern for thousands of Nebraskans facing hunger

In response to the passage of the House’s version of the Farm Bill, Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Rebecca Gould, issued the following statement: “It is unfortunate that today the House passed a Farm Bill that did not include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provisions. This raises serious concerns about the future of SNAP, which is a critical support for… Read more →

Take Action! Protect SNAP for Nebraska children and families!

SNAP is at risk – We need your help! No Nebraskan should go hungry.  However, nearly 14 percent of Nebraskans were food insecure in 2012. This means about 250,000 people in our state struggled to get enough to eat, including 80,000 children who received SNAP benefits. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a vital support to these Nebraskans who… Read more →

Farm bills contain SNAP cuts that will harm working families

On Monday, June 10, the U.S. Senate passed its Farm Bill by a vote of 66-27. The Senate bill, a comprehensive piece of legislation setting many of our nation’s farm and food policies, includes a huge cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Specifically, the Senate bill cuts $4.1 billion from SNAP over ten years by eliminating “Heat and… Read more →

Senate and House Farm Bills Include Drastic, Harmful Cuts to SNAP

Right now, the U.S. Congress is making important decisions about funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Funding for SNAP is included in the Farm Bill, a comprehensive piece of federal legislation authorizing and regulating funding for most federal farm and food policies. Congress reauthorizes the Farm Bill every five years. Last week, the U.S. Senate and House Agriculture… Read more →

Bill would combat Nebraska’s high level of food hardship

Recently, the Food Research Research and Action Center (FRAC) released a new report examining the national percentage of households facing a food hardship – not having enough money to buy the food they or their families need. According to the report ”Food Hardship in America 2012” Nebraska has a food hardship rate of 13.8 percent.   Although this is better than… Read more →

New Report shows SNAP strengthens families in Nebraska

A new Nebraska Appleseed report shows how Nebraska’s working families are strengthened by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). “Policies That Work: How the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Can Help Working Families,” provides an overview of the challenges many working Nebraska families face to pay for their basic needs, and illustrates how policy change to allow greater access to SNAP… Read more →

We Are Still Fighting the War on Poverty

Milo Mumgaard is the founder and former Executive Director of Nebraska Appleseed. Peter Edelman recently wrote an on-point opinion piece in The New York Times on the challenge of ending poverty. This article is sobering stuff with the release of the annual poverty figures coming out next month, which will show the highest percentage of Americans living in poverty since… Read more →

ACCESS Nebraska Update

Nebraska Appleseed has been watching carefully the implementation of ACCESS Nebraska, our state’s new way of managing public assistance programs like food stamps and Medicaid. Some of you may be wondering: how is it going? This article from the Omaha World Herald provides an update on ACCESS Nebraska from multiple perspectives: “Nebraska’s Food Stamp Errors Carry High Cost” In summary,… Read more →

Defending the First Line of Defense Against Hunger

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps), is frequently referred to as the nation’s first line of defense against hunger.  Since the beginning of the program, SNAP has helped millions of Americans avoid hunger and malnutrition, especially children, the elderly, and people with disabilities (for a historical perspective on SNAP, watch “Food Stamps Make America Stronger”).… Read more →

“Hunger Hits Home” Documentary Viewing & Summit

Hunger Free Heartland Anti-Hunger Summit Join Hunger Free Heartland and partners to talk about what is being done to end childhood hunger here in in the metro area (Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties) and across Nebraska. View:  “Hunger Hits Home”, a new documentary from Share Our Strength. Learn from advocates and local legislators what you can do to affect change and make a difference! See more… Read more →

Nebraska Organizations Urged to Sign SNAP Support Letter to Senators Nelson and Johanns

Every five years, Congress reauthorizes the Farm Bill, a comprehensive piece of legislation that includes, among other items, SNAP/Food Stamps. This year, the Farm Bill is up for reauthorization. As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senators Nelson and Johanns are key players in the Farm Bill reauthorization effort. As Farm Bill deliberations heat up, we need to demonstrate… Read more →

Nebraskans Increasingly Experiencing Food Hardship

Nearly one in five Americans and one in seven Nebraskans had difficulty affording food in the last year according to a report, “Food Hardship in America 2011,” released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). “It’s concerning that food hardship continues to increase in our state, as does participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Free and… Read more →

Help Children Access the Food They Need to Learn & Grow

LB 1090 will help children access the food they need in the summertime to learn and grow.  Providing access to healthy, nutritious foods is important for children’s health.  The Summer Food Service Program provides federally funded meals to sites at nonprofit organizations, schools, and other locations to reach hungry children in the summer when free and reduced price meals are… Read more →

Waiting for Midnight

“Waiting for Midnight” has nothing to do with Cinderella.  Instead, NBC’s Rock Center recently drew attention to a different kind of “mad dash.”  Hungry families across America are waiting for midnight at the first of the month when funds under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) become available. With our country’s current economic woes, more… Read more →

Five Facts You Should Know about the U.S. Census Bureau Poverty Data

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data about the economic well-being of our nation and our state.  Here are five facts you should know about poverty in Nebraska: More than one in five children (18.2%) in Nebraska experienced poverty in 2010.  This is 3% higher than 2009. Minorities in Nebraska experience poverty at a disproportionate rate compared to… Read more →

Green Lights

At the capitol, in the legislative chamber, there is a large sign listing each Senator’s name. When a Senator votes in favor of a bill, a light next to their name turns bright green. Yesterday, those lights turned green in overwhelming favor of LB 543, legislation to address hunger in our state. The bill passed the second round vote and… Read more →