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Feeding the Soul of the City

Join Us for a Night of Inspiration!

Matt Talbot Presents the 15th Annual “Feeding the Soul of the City” on March 26, 2020

Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach will honor the 2020 Compassion in Action Award recipients at the “Feeding the Soul of the City” dinner and fundraising event on March 26th at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel. This year’s winners are John Turner and the St. Francis & St. Claire Hunger Relief Team.

John Turner is a longtime partner of Matt Talbot and has advocated for people experiencing homelessness for nearly thirty years through his work at Community Action (formerly Lincoln Action Program), CenterPointe, Region V and now Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA). John has been active with the Lincoln Homeless Coalition and Governor’s Commission on Housing and Homelessness, and goes above and beyond to address housing barriers for people who have experienced homelessness, substance abuse and mental health challenges.

The St. Francis & St. Claire Hunger Relief Team consists of a multi-generational family that has served dinner on the 4th Thursday of every month for 20 years. Not only do they serve faithfully every month, but they prepare a homemade, nutritious and thoughtful menu which is different each time. Because of their regular schedule, the team is always at Matt Talbot on Thanksgiving to serve a traditional Thanksgiving feast with all the fixings.

All are welcome to join us in celebrating these wonderful community partners. “Feeding the Soul of the City” starts at 5:30 pm with a social hour and silent auction. The dinner and program will begin at 6:30 pm. All money raised supports Matt Talbot’s continued outreach and support of the homeless, near homeless and hungry in Lincoln. Make your reservation today!


"Compassion in Action" Award Winners

Individual Category

  • Greg Ernst - 2018
  • Ram Bishu- 2017
  • Jim & Mary Love - 2016
  • Joyce Champoux - 2015
  • Bill & Pat Lundak - 2014
  • Gene ”Woody” Woodhead - 2013
  • Senator Mike Johanns and Stephanie Johanns - 2012
  • Tony Ojeda - 2011
  • Mary Costello-2010
  • Scott Young-2009
  • Ruth McKinstry-2008
  • Liz Hertel-2007
  • Mary Jo Bousek-2006

Collaboration Category

  • Paul Mitchell - The School - 2019
  • CEDARS Youth Services/Street Outreach Program - 2019
  • SNAP Outreach Program: Food Bank of Lincoln and DHHS Children & Family Services Division - 2018
  • Dennis Hoffman-CenterPointe-2017
  • Beatty Brasch and the Center for People in Need - 2016
  • Southwood Lutheran Church - 2015
  • Clinic With A Heart - 2014
  • Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department - 2013
  • The Lincoln Police Department Center Team - 2012
  • Wynn Hjermstad & Dave Landis, City Urban Development Dept. - 2011
  • First Plymouth Congregational Church -2010
  • Lincoln Housing Authority and Consumer Credit Counselors -2009
  • Union College Nursing & Physician Assistant Program-2008
  • Community Health Endowment of Lincoln-2007
  • Eye Surgical Associates, Lens Crafters, & Professional Eye Care – 2006