Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach teamed up with more than 700 volunteers for the 22nd annual “Huskers Helping the Homeless” the weekend of Sept. 29 for the Nebraska vs. Purdue football game. This year, more than $50,000 was raised to support Matt Talbot’s hunger relief and homeless prevention services.
During a four-day period, volunteers accepted monetary donations in the downtown area before the game, at Sam’s Club and Walmart stores, Russ’s Market and Super Saver grocery stores, and at SouthPointe Pavilions and Gateway Mall. In addition to the efforts of community volunteers, local businesses and individuals sponsored the event.
Funds raised through the event were down about $5,000 due to cold and rainy weather on game day. Community members are encouraged to consider making a gift at mtko.org/huskersgive.
“We are grateful for the awesome volunteers, supportive sponsors and generous community that make this event so successful,” said Susanne Blue, executive director at Matt Talbot. “It is inspiring to see volunteers of all ages and backgrounds coming together to raise funds to defeat hunger and homelessness in our community. Even with the rain, everyone was amazing!”
To celebrate the important role students have in this event, a trophy is awarded to the high school with the most registered volunteers on game day. East High School was the winner for the second consecutive year with 54 volunteers.
Matt Talbot is a hunger relief and outreach center that provides beyond basic needs to embolden people to have hope. Annually, Matt Talbot provides over 100,000 nutritious meals to the hungry in Lincoln and more than 35,000 homeless prevention services such as housing, substance use evaluations, life skills classes, nutrition counseling and help with obtaining vital identification documents.
Learn more at mtko.org.