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Helpful Reminders from the Kitchen

May 2021 Update:

Current procedures include:

  • Any guest can dine inside. We still have dividers up at all the tables and are limiting the number of guests in the dining room to 40. Each guest is required to wear a mask and wash their hands before picking up a meal. Each guest dining in will also have their temperature taken. Once at the tables, masks can be removed while eating but must be reapplied before leaving the table. 
  • We are providing second servings at noon for lunches and 6:00 pm for evening meals. Guests who would like a second serving can leave the dining room through the east door, reenter through the front door, and pick up a second meal. Each team will need to adjust their amount of food accordingly. 
  • Up to six volunteers are now allowed in the kitchen. 
  • We are open as a day shelter for guests Monday through Friday.   
  • All meals are served in takeout containers which are supplied by Matt Talbot.
  • Matt Talbot is providing bottled water and small cartons of milk.

Also, a friendly reminder to fill out your Daily Report with the names of your volunteers and the number of meals you served.

If you have questions, please check out our COVID 19 Response tab or contact Sydne (402-817-0622 or

Thank you all for the additional support and help through these unusual times!


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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