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Helpful Reminders from the Kitchen

Summer is here and with the increase in the temperatures we are also seeing an increase in the amount of guests in the dining room.  Here are a few helpful hints to help your Hunger Relief Teams when volunteering at Matt Talbot.

1. Check for MTKO Hunger Relief Daily meal totals.  Go to Relieving Hunger, Hunger Relief Volunteers, then click on Daily Meal Totals. This information is updated twice a week.

2. Casey, Kitchen Manager, also provides meal totals on the bulletin board in the kitchen.

3. Limit choices for the guests. We’ve found the more choices we are offering the longer it is taking for our guests to go through the line.  Teams should still be offering a balanced meal, but offer one choice in each food category.

4. With the increase in guests we are seeing teams running out of time to serve seconds.  Please be aware of the time when serving your meal. If you are still serving 1st servings at 6:15, please make an announcement that due to time restraints we will not be able to serve seconds. You can also consult with our Outreach Staff.

5. Please remember that we serve lunch until 12:30 PM and dinner until 6:30 PM. If you run out of food, please go to the walk in cooler and see what can be prepared quickly. We will be keeping emergency items in the walk in cooler, so we can ensure everyone receives a meal. Even if you are not serving seconds you need to keep the serving line open until 12:30/6:30 in case a guest comes in that has not eaten.

6. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to Casey Beltran, Kitchen Manager at or 402-817-0622 or Victoria O’Neil, Director of Hunger Relief and Volunteerism at or 402-817-0623.


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 Victoria at or 402-817-0623.

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

Selected STRIVE Recipes

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