Support us this Giving Tuesday

We’re kicking off our Giving Tuesday fundraising drive. An anonymous donor has pledged to match up to $15,000 in donations we receive in the next week. Will you give now to help us meet this challenge and double your impact?

Money raised during this drive will go toward our fight against food insecurity in rural America. Roughly 17 percent of rural households in America are food insecure, meaning they don’t have access to food that allows them to live a healthy or active lifestyle.

Next step for rural broadband

As the 2020 session of the Nebraska Legislature approaches, the state’s rural broadband policy is ripe for new development.

Rural broadband in Nebraska has seen two big changes in recent months, first when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its plan for a new broadband mapping requirement. Also, Nebraska’s Rural Broadband Task Force finished its report, which recommends policy change to strengthen rural broadband.

Shop local this holiday season

Shopping at a locally-owned and operated business is truly a unique experience.

The atmosphere surrounds you as soon as you step out of your car. Sometimes, holiday music flows through the main thoroughfares of your small town. Almost always, twinkling snowflakes line the streets.

Large storefront windows decorated for the season beam welcoming lights onto the sidewalk. These windows offer a snapshot of what you can expect when you enter the small business.

Staff spotlight: Lizzie cares for, protects, and nurtures our food systems

In the summer of 2017, Lizzie Swalley joined the Center for Rural Affairs for the season to work in our garden program. Little did she know that her summer job would lead to a full-time passion and career with the Center.

Lizzie joined the Center team full-time in December 2018 as a community food associate, serving the Santee Tribe and community in northeast Nebraska.

“I am a local food systems advocate,” said Lizzie. “A big part of my job is to encourage community members to grow their own food and to see the importance of what it means to have food sovereignty.”


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