LINCOLN (SNR/MTKO) - Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach (MTKO) has an urgent need for items to stock their emergency food pantry. Items especially needed include canned meats such as tuna and chicken, rice, pasta and pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese and other boxed meals, tuna helper, soup, powdered milk, pancake mix and syrup, cereal bars, and canned fruit.
For many clients, the emergency food pantry (or box) is the only food in the home until the next pay check. Every effort is made to provide a box or bag of food that includes the makings of a complete meal for multiple days. Currently the shelves in the pantry are bare in many areas and staff is not able to put together a complete food pantry for those seeking assistance. In addition to an increased demand for food pantries, Matt Talbot has seen record-breaking numbers for meals served during each month in 2014.
“Summer months are typically our busiest time, and this year is certainly no exception,” said said Susanne Blue, executive director.
“The number of meals served monthly has been record setting so far this year, and the number of children and families we see in the dining room is growing.”
“Many of the folks we serve need assistance with basic needs such as emergency food pantries,” she said. “A donation in any amount will truly make a big difference to the individuals and families we serve.”
Donations may be dropped of at Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach, 2121 N. 27th St., Lincoln, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.., except on Thursdays when MTKO is closed from 1 to 5 p.m. for street outreach and team meetings. Monetary donations to purchase food items can also be mailed to PO Box 80935, Lincoln, NE 68501 or made on-line at mtkserves.org. For more information, go to www.mtkserves.org.