Due to a combination of factors, Matt Talbot (mtko.org) often provides an increased number of meals and has more guests seeking outreach services during the summer months. With school out of session, many families are stretched thinner with increased costs of child care and meals. People staying with friends and family may be asked to move out now that colder weather has passed, leading them to camp outside or sleep in their cars. Additionally, with warmer temperatures landlords reluctant to evict during the cold winter months may be more inclined to take action.

Matt Talbot offers prepared, nutritious meals twice a day, seven days a week. During the spring and summer months, their on-site Hope garden offers fresh vegetables that are incorporated into meals. Additionally, food pantries and high-quality donated food are available to guests year round. Other outreach services such as substance use evaluations and basic emergency needs are available to guests as well.

During this busy summer season, donations of sunscreen, bug spray, water, cooling towels and bike locks are needed. Donations can be brought directly to the community kitchen and outreach center at 2121 N. 27th St. during business hours Monday – Friday. For information about holding a drive at your workplace, please contact Victoria O’Neil at victoria.oneil@mtko.org or (402) 477-4116.

For the past 30 years and counting, Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach has been helping individuals and families facing poverty and homelessness find possibilities when things seem impossible. Learn more at mtko.org.