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Economic Stability

The First 8 Years Policy Report

Yesterday, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released a new policy report “The First Eight Years: giving kids a foundation for lifetime success.” This report highlights the importance of investing in young children during crucial brain development stages to set them up for success later in life. It has been shown…...

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Hearing Looks at Nebraska Spending on Low-Income Families

On Friday, the Health and Human Services Committee held a hearing to look at how Nebraska is spending funds under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, program. TANF is a federal block grant program to provide short-term help to families in need.  The four federally-established goals of TANF…...

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SNAP Benefits to be Cut November 1st

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or food stamps, serves as an important buffer against the increasing prevalence of child hunger.  Under the SNAP program, funds are provided to purchase food and the benefit amount is determined by a number of variables including income, family size and…...

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Children and the Government Shutdown: Spotlight on WIC

The federal government shutdown is now entering the second week.  While furloughed workers and the larger economy continue to feel the immediate impact,  Nebraskans wait to see when and if the shutdown will impact programs for lower income children. In particular, the Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program is at…...

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Child poverty down, but racial disparities persist

Last week data-nerds all over the country (including those here at Voices for Children), had a field day as the U.S. Census Bureau released their 2012 (1-year) estimates of poverty from the American Community Survey (ACS). Overall, the child poverty rate in Nebraska decreased slightly — from 18.1% in 2011 down…...

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SNAP and CHIP: When it comes to children, there’s no room for debate

While the data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week told us the story of how much still needs to be done for the 17.9% of Nebraskan children living in poverty, the U.S. House of Representatives took steps to unravel recent gains made towards advancing the well-being of children…...

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New poverty data shows child poverty down slightly in Nebraska

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released new statistics from the American Community Survey that provide state and local data on Poverty and Health Insurance.  Earlier this week, the Census Bureau released national data showing that the poverty rate nationally remained essentially unchanged while there was a decline in the number…...

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Five Things to Think About Before Voting on SNAP

This week, the House of Representatives is expected to consider a bill that would make significant cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or food stamps.  Here’s 5 things we hope that our Representatives will remember as they consider the future of SNAP: 1.) About 1…...

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Take Your Place in the Fight Against Hunger

September has been designated “Hunger Action Month,” a time to raise awareness about hunger in America and what we can do about it. You may have noticed commercials and other efforts this past weekend urging groups to “go orange” to help raise awareness about hunger issues here in the United…...

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On Poverty: Trapped in a Cycle of Debt

Several weeks ago, when State Auditor Foley made his now infamous comments about people with lower incomes, we were struck by one of the big pieces of the puzzle that he had missed.  Foley was referencing an audit in which they found that funds from the state intended for energy…...

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