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Summer needs increase at Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach

LINCOLN (SNR) - Susanne Blue, executive director of Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach in Lincoln, said the summer months are the organization’s busiest time, and outreach supplies are being depleted quickly.

Matt Talbot is in urgent need of insect repellent products, hydrocortisone cream, and food pantry items such as canned meats, rice, pasta sauce, soup, powdered milk, pancake mix and syrup, cereal, and canned fruit. 

Matt Talbot’s street outreach program has seen a great demand for insect repellant and hydrocortisone cream in the past few weeks. The unsheltered homeless are especially vulnerable during the summer months and are at a higher risk of being bitten by bugs such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, chiggers, and biting flies.

For many of the working poor who come to Matt Talbot, Blue said, the emergency food items will be the only food in their home until the next paycheck. Every effort is made to provide a bag of food that includes the makings of a complete meal for multiple days. Currently the shelves in the Matt Talbot pantry are bare in many areas and staff is not able to put together a complete food pantry for those seeking assistance. 

“Summer months are typically our busiest time, and this year is certainly no exception,” she said. “The number of children and families we see in the dining room is growing. Many of the folks we serve need assistance with these basic needs. A donation to help replenish our supplies will truly make a big difference to the individuals and families we serve.”

Donations may be dropped off at Matt Talbot Kitchen & 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 may be mailed to PO Box 80935, Lincoln, NE 68501 or made online at mtkserves.org.

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