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Matt Talbot celebrates 25 years of service to community

Founders of kitchen to serve cake at Sept. 6 luncheon

LINCOLN (SNR) - Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach (MTKO) will host a 25th anniversary celebration luncheon for the community Sept. 6 at 12:15 p.m.

The luncheon will be held at MTKO, 2121 N. 27th St. in Lincoln, with founders Ruth McKinstry and Mary Costello serving cake. 

Twenty-five years ago Costello and McKinstry set out to address a community need. They saw the homeless on the streets of Lincoln, many struggling with substance use, and they wanted to feed them. 

After sharing their vision with members of their church and recruiting volunteers, the first meal was served Saturday, September 6, 1992.

“Through the grace of God, lots of hard work, a giving community, and unending hope – their vision of feeding the homeless became reality and over time grew far beyond their initial dream,” said Susanne Blue, executive director.

A quarter of a century later, MTKO is a permanent fixture of Lincoln’s safety net – with volunteers still feeding the homeless and near homeless lunch and dinner every day, and professional staff offering a wide range of outreach services to prevent and alleviate homelessness.

“Matt Talbot’s 25th anniversary is a testament to its enduring stability and service to the vulnerable citizens of the community,” Blue said.

During this anniversary year, volunteers, donors and guests are asked to visit mtko.org/25 and share a comment or story about how Matt Talbot Kitchen has touched their lives.

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