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Matt Talbot Announces Annual Compassion in Action Awards

LINCOLN (SNR) – Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach in Lincoln will host its fifth annual dinner and fundraising event, “Feeding the Soul of the City,” March 11, and present the “Compassion in Action” award to Mary Costello, visionary and founder of Matt Talbot Kitchen, in the individual category.

The Collaboration Compassion in Action Award will go to First Plymouth Congregational Church for their longstanding commitment to serving the poor. Award recipients will be honored at the dinner at the Embassy Suites.

The event will start at 6 p.m. with a social hour and the dinner and a program will begin at 7 p.m. John Cook, University of Nebraska volleyball coach, will provide a keynote address and John Baylor will be master of ceremonies. The cost of the dinner and program is $60. For reservations, contact Susie Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402- 477-4116.

“Feeding the Soul of the City” is Matt Talbot’s annual spring fundraiser that supports general operations 365 days of the year.

“We are so excited to host this special event each year,” said Susanne Blue, executive director. “It is a wonderful celebration of compassion, community and collaboration.”

Award recipient Mary Costello is the mother of seven and grandmother of 20. She also served as a foster parent. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in Christian spirituality.

She earned numerous local and national awards for her column published in the Lincoln Sun Papers and the Southern Nebraska Register.

Mary is the author of “Still Full of Sap, Still Green,” published in 1997 and authored “A Little Book About Matt Talbot,” the story of the individual for which the Kitchen was named.

Mary is a leader in the effort to canonize Matt Talbot, a native of Dublin, Ireland. Her involvement as one of the many founders of Lincoln Calix, a Catholic organization for alcoholics and their families, led to her becoming a board member for the International Calix group. The Calix movement and the work of recovery is what inspired the opening of Matt Talbot Kitchen.

The mission of Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach is to serve the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of Lincoln’s working poor and homeless through outreach, advocacy, education and the provision of food and shelter. Last year Matt Talbot, through the help of countless volunteers, provided 107,272 meals and staff worked to assist more than 2,500 unduplicated clients through the provision of 17, 362 services.

Matt Talbot is moving to its new location this spring. The last supper at the current location will be Easter Sunday, April 4 and the new community kitchen and outreach center will open Monday, April 5.

To learn more about Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach please visit their web site, www.mtkserves.org.

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