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Matt Talbot Kitchen needs donations for the holidays

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By: Jenn Schanz

As many in Lincoln gear up for Halloween, staff at Matt Talbot Kitchen are worried about Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The holidays are usually the busiest time, but right now supply is low.

"We're getting more requests than we have food. I know it looks like we have a lot of food here on the shelves but basically what it comes down to is, this will last us one day," says Matt Talbot Development Specialist, Vicky Drozd.

Stephen Nicholson, a Vietnam veteran, comes to Matt Talbot almost every day.

He says it's always been a helpful place, but he's worried about the upcoming season.

"Food is really important. We got winter coming up, it's cold and people can't get out and get things," he says.

The kitchen serves up to 200 people per meal, and also offers food pantries, bags full of food for a week, that go to individuals and families in need.

Last month, staff gave out 95 food pantries, and they say now they're getting 60 to 70 requests each week.

Unless donations increase, Drozd says they won't be able to provide them.

"When someone comes to you and they're hungry and they don't have good to eat at home and you have to turn them away, it really's a sad thing."

Matt Talbot Staff say they're looking for non-perishable foods like pasta, soups, and canned meat.

Any food donations can be delivered to the kitchen at 2121 N. 27th street.

Anyone interested volunteering at Matt Talbot Kitchen should visit their website or call 402-477-4116.

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