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Helpful Reminders from the Kitchen

7/1/20: Update on Reopening the Dining Room

Members of the Matt Talbot Leadership Team recently met with Ben Davy, Senior Environmental Health Specialist with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD), who gave us good ideas as to what our next phase of reopening should look like. We will monitor the LLCHD’s COVID-19 Risk Dial to help determine the “when”; we are still working on the “how” portion of the equation. University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) representative Shelly Schwedhelm will be meeting with our entire team on July 8th for an educational session along with Q and A.  Ms. Schwedhelm is the Executive Director of Emergency Management and Biopreparedness with Nebraska Medicine. As you can see, we are really trying to reopen in the safest possible way - keeping our guests, volunteers and staff in mind during the entire process.  As we get closer to the “when” and “how”, I will be contacting each of our teams with updates. 

Please let me know if you have any qestions or concerns during this process of change. Thank you for your support and hard work! or 402-817-0622


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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