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Feeding the Soul of the City

June 17, 2021

Community Partners To Be Honored at “Feeding the Soul of the City”

Feeding the Soul of the City is Matt Talbot’s largest fundraising event where all money raised supports continued outreach and support of the homeless, near homeless, and hungry in Lincoln. This year's event will be held on Thursday, June 17th, at Junto Wine. “Compassion in Action” awards are presented during the event to individuals or groups who exemplify dedication to defeating hunger and homelessness and restoring hope among individuals and families experiencing homelessness. This year’s award recipients 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 21 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.

The community is invited to attend “Feeding the Soul of the City” to celebrate these wonderful community partners and join the effort to defeat hunger and homelessness in Lincoln! A social hour will start at 6 pm with the program starting at 7 pm. Enjoy delectable pairings of Junto wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres along with a cash bar and snacks.  Tickets available in May.

Past "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