Donations down due to weather this year
LINCOLN (MTKO/SNR) – Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach in Lincoln teamed up with more than 700 volunteers for the 22nd annual “Huskers Helping the Homeless” the weekend of Sept. 29 for the NU vs. Purdue football game.
More than $50,000 was raised in support of Matt Talbot’s hunger relief and homeless prevention services.
During a four-day period, volunteers accepted monetary donations in the downtown area before the game, Sam’s Club Walmart Russ’s Market and Super Saver stores, and at SouthPointe Pavilions and Gateway Mall.
In addition to the efforts of the community volunteers, local businesses and individuals sponsored the event.
Funds raised through the event were down about $5,000 due to cold and rainy weather on game day. Community members are encouraged to consider a gift at mtko.org/huskersgive.
“We are grateful for the awesome volunteers, supportive sponsors and generous community that make this event so successful,” said Susanne Blue, executive director. “It is inspiring to see volunteers of all ages and backgrounds coming together to raise funds to defeat hunger and homelessness in our community. Even with the rain everyone was amazing!”
To celebrate the important role students have in this event, a trophy is awarded to the high school with the most registered volunteers on game day. East High School in Lincoln was the winner for the second consecutive year, with 54 volunteers.
Matt Talbot is a hunger relief and outreach center that provides beyond basic needs to embolden people to have hope. Annually Matt Talbot provides more than 100,000 nutritious meals to the hungry in Lincoln and over 35,000 homeless prevention services such as housing, substance use evaluations, life skills classes, nutrition counseling, and help with obtaining vital identification documents.