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Helpful Reminders from the Kitchen

IN-KIND DONATION FORM: Please complete this form by February 15,2022. Thank you!

PAPER TOWELS: Please DO NOT fill the paper towels dispensers or leave paper towels in the sink area in the guests’ restrooms. We have experienced some problems with paper towels being flushed down the toilets in these restrooms. This causes all types of situations with our sewer lines and flooding in our lower level of the building. We do have electric hand dryers for guests to use in each restroom. Thank you so much for your help with this.

COVID UPDATE: Matt Talbot is committed to serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness and near homelessness with dignity and compassion during the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to follow guidance issued by the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) to reduce the spread of the virus and its variants. We strongly recommended that staff, volunteers, and guests wear masks while at Matt Talbot. Free masks are available. While masks are not mandated at this time, guests who meet privately with a staff member may be asked to wear a mask during the meeting.

LLCHD encourages all residents ages 5 and older to get vaccinated or boosted now. To schedule an appointment visit

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Sydne ( or 402-817-0622).

Thank you for the additional support and help through these unusual times. Because of dedicated volunteers like you, our meal service has been uninterrupted during the pandemic. This is amazing! We appreciate your dedication and so do our guests.


This cookbook was inspired by our STRIVE Program (which started in 2014) and includes recipes for main course, soup, side dish, salad, dessert, and dressing & seasonings - all to serve 150 people!  We hope these recipes encourage and inspire you to prepare healthy meals. All recipes follow the STRIVE Guidelines:

· Seasonal (or frozen) fruits and vegetables make up half the plate

· Only lean meats are used

· At least 1/2 of the grains are whole grains

· Fat-free or low-fat calcium-rich foods are offered

· Foods served are low in sodium

There is a laminated copy of the cookbook in the Matt Talbot kitchen for anyone to use. Since we would like to keep this copy in the kitchen, we would be happy to produce a copy for your individual teams. If you would like your own copy, please contact Sydne at or 402-817-0622.

We have many of the recipes available below. Happy meal planning!

Selected STRIVE Recipes

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