Economic Justice

Proposed Legislation Undermines Nebraska’s Popular Ballot Initiative

For everyone to have access to the good life, we must ensure that Nebraska workers are paid a living wage. That’s why the minimum wage increase passed overwhelmingly on the ballot in November, and why we must now all fight to protect it. When Nebraskans went to the ballot box a few months ago, we …

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Appleseed and Nebraska SNAC are working to expand school breakfast in Nebraska

Kids need food to be healthy, do well in school, and stay out of trouble. School meals help provide that food for tens of thousands of families across Nebraska. Nebraska Appleseed has worked for many years to promote healthy school meals for all kids at the state, district, and school levels.  As part of that …

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PRESS RELEASE: Nebraskans have constitutional right to jury in eviction court proceedings, Supreme Court appeal argues

***For Immediate Release***January 11, 2023 Contacts:Sierra Salgado PirigyiCommunications Director, Nebraska AppleseedO: (402) 438-8853 x 116sierrasp@neappleseed.org Scott MertzHousing Justice Project Director, Legal Aid of NebraskaO: (402) 348-1069 x 206smertz@legalaidofnebraska.org Nebraskans have constitutional right to jury in eviction court proceedings, Supreme Court appeal argues LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Supreme Court arguments began today in the case of …

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Nebraska workers receive first wage increase after the passage of Initiative 433

On January 1, Nebraska increased its minimum wage for workers across the state to $10.50/hour. This was the first in a set of annual $1.50 raises in hourly wages until the minimum wage reaches $15 in 2026, after which wages will be adjusted every year to account for cost of living increases. This initial increase …

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Congress wraps up 2022 with some steps forward, changes, and inaction

Today Congress passed an omnibus appropriations bill, making key investments in some areas, while falling short in others. Read on to learn about the policy changes made to areas like access to nutrition, health care, and economic support for our communities. The bill included these important steps forward: What’s happening to the Temporary Medicaid Continuous …

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Pantry

New Resource: Nebraska School Break Emergency Food Options

Hunger doesn’t take a holiday just because schools are closed. As schools close for their winter breaks, students and families that rely on school breakfast and lunch may need help finding food. Nebraska Appleseed has pulled together some basic resources from around the state to make accessing emergency food pantries and other options easier.   Download …

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Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act could end harmful practices for collecting school unpaid meal debt

No child should ever go hungry. And no child should ever be shamed for not having the money they need to pay for a meal. Back in 2019, Appleseed studied the issue of unpaid meal debt in Nebraska schools. As part of a study conducted with Senator Walz, we found that unpaid meal debt is …

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Submit your Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application Today!

The 2022-23 school year has started for most kids in Nebraska, and we want to make sure that families and districts are set up for success. Free and reduced-price meal applications can be a big part of that – especially because the free school meals that were made possible through legislation passed at the outset …

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No child deserves to go hungry

We stand against discrimination in federal nutrition programs

No child deserves to go hungry for any reason. Allowing discrimination of any kind only hurts our communities. Recently, Nebraska’s Governor and Attorney General joined a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s policy that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in accessing federal nutrition programs. Excluding people because of who they …

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