August 4, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Susanne Blue, CMSW
Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach
Matt Talbot Volunteers Serve Two Millionth Meal!
Feeding the hungry has been at the core of Matt Talbot’s mission since the organization started in 1992, and an amazing milestone was reached recently when the two millionth meal was served at the community kitchen.
Matt Talbot’s hunger relief program provides two free and nutritious meals on-site 365 days a year. Volunteer teams provide and serve the majority of the meals. Staff is on-site during mealtimes on the weekdays to provide outreach services to guests at the kitchen.
“Our volunteers and their daily efforts toward addressing hunger in our community are truly amazing,” said Susanne Blue, Executive Director. “They make an incredible investment in Matt Talbot by donating their time and the food they serve to approximately 150 guests at each meal. We simply couldn’t provide the services we do without their help.”
Families and individuals are served at MTKO, with 16% of guests being under the age of eighteen. Sixty percent of people served at Matt Talbot are the working poor or near homeless, where eating meals at MTKO may prevent homelessness by allowing these individuals to save money to pay for rent, utilities, or gas. Approximately 40% of those served at Matt Talbot are homeless. All are welcome to attend congregate meals and receive services at Matt Talbot, provided that they are sober and convey respect for our staff, volunteers, each other, and the facility.
Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach is a hunger relief and outreach center for those in need. Annually Matt Talbot provides more than 100,000 nutritious meals to the hungry in Lincoln and 25,000 homeless prevention services such as transitional housing, drug & alcohol evaluations, life skills classes, nutrition counseling, and help with obtaining vital identification documents. Learn more at www.mtkserves.org.