‘Huskers Helping the Homeless’ raises more than $56k for Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach
LINCOLN (SNR) – More than 600 volunteers participated in the 20th annual “Huskers Helping the Homeless” event the weekend of Sept. 17, to benefit Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach (MTKO).
More than $56,000 was raised to support MTKO hunger relief and homeless prevention services. Volunteers accepted monetary donations in the downtown area, Sam’s Club and Walmart stores, Russ’s Markets and Super Saver stores, and at Southpointe Pavilions. Each year, a trophy is awarded to the high school with the most registered volunteers on game day. This year’s winner was Pius X High School in Lincoln, followed by East High School. Many other schools and colleges were represented.
In addition to the efforts of the community volunteers, local businesses and individuals sponsored the event. The University of Nebraska Athletic Department partners with MTKO each year on this program, and St. Mark’s on the Campus allows use of their facility as a central meeting location for the event.
“The fundraising efforts of our local businesses, volunteers, and generous community members for our annual Huskers Helping the Homeless event have been amazing,” said Susanne Blue, executive director of Matt Talbot. “In addition to the funds raised, the positive community spirit that comes from so many students, families, and people of all ages working together to make this event so successful is inspiring. We are grateful.”