Matt Talbot hosted the 27th annual Huskers Helping the Homeless event the weekend of September 30th to raise critical funds for the agency’s homeless prevention and outreach programs. Over 250 volunteers accepted monetary donations at local stores as well as from fans in the downtown area before the Nebraska v. Michigan football game. Thanks to generous donors, enthusiastic volunteers, and supportive sponsors, more than $45,000 was raised to support agency operations 365 days a year.
“This event is a big win for our community and the guests served at Matt Talbot,” said Alynn Sampson, Executive Director. “Whether it was a $5 online donation, an event sponsorship, throwing some cash in a bucket before heading to the game, volunteering for an hour or two, or taking a collection at a tailgate – all these contributions provide bold hope and help change lives.”
Donations to a “virtual bucket” are still accepted and appreciated through October at mtko.org.
Matt Talbot is a hunger relief and outreach center for those in need that serves nearly 3,000 unduplicated clients annually. Last year 180,000 meals were provided through nutritious onsite prepared meals, emergency food pantries, and the distribution of high-quality donated food. Over 45,000 homeless prevention, case management, and substance use services are provided annually and the needs are increasing. Last year, Matt Talbot saw a 35% increase in the number of on-site meals provided, a 20% increase in the number of guests served, and a 37% increase in the number of outreach services provided.