CROP Hunger Walk

Imagine going without food for a day - or several days. What if you had to walk miles just to find safe water to drink? That is the reality for millions of people around the world. The CROP Hunger Walk helps provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs around the world. CROP walk also shares $4 million a year with food banks, pantries, community gardens, and other local efforts across the U.S. The oldest hunger-fighting fundraising event in the U.S., a portion of the money raised in Lincoln supports Lincoln/Lancaster County foodbanks and Tabitha's Meals on Wheels.

Each October First Lutheran organizes a team to participate in the Lincoln CROP Walk. For questions, contact Sandy Latshaw at 402-423-7717.

Matt Talbot Kitchen

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Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach provides a variety of hunger, education and outreach programs, but is most noted for serving two meals, lunch and dinner, seven days a week to homeless and low-income individuals.

Volunteers from First Lutheran prepare and serve lunch at Matt Talbot Kitchen on the third Tuesday of each month. More than 130 people are served by this ministry each month and the need in our community continues to grow. We prepare the meal the day before at 10:00 am. If your schedule doesn't allow you to help on those days, you can also help with donations of fresh fruit or desserts. Click here to sign up or a sign-up sheet for volunteers may be found on the Serve bulletin board in the Commons.

BackPack Program

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Wouldn't it be wonderful if no child in Lincoln had to be concerned about what or even when they would have their next meal? Unfortunately, in our community, many children live on a daily basis not knowing for certain where their next meal may come from. Many students rely on their school's breakfast and lunch programs for their most nutritious meals of the day. In some cases, these are their only meals of the day. When the weekend... arrives, these students face a food crisis. A weekend can be a long time to go without food. Children are our most important and valuable assets, and research shows that healthy, well-nourished children are much better learners.

Every Friday during the school year, children who qualify are given a food-filled backpack through the Lincoln Food Bank BackPack Program. First Lutheran takes feeding the hungry very seriously and is one of many sponsors of the Lincoln Food Bank BackPack Program. FLC has made a financial commitment to provide weekly backpacks to 46 families during the 2016-17 school year in three LPS elementary schools - Morley, Beattie and Pyrtle. Food used for the BackPack Program is purchased and can consist of canned tuna, canned vegetables, spaghetti, peanut butter and jelly, fresh fruit, cereal and macaroni and cheese. It costs about $250 for each student to receive a backpack 34 weeks of the school year. On February 28, 2017, First Lutheran hosted a Waffleman fundraiser for the BackPack program. Watch this short video to learn how the church and community responded to help our 46 BackPack families!

Volunteers from First Lutheran distribute backpacks to the students every Friday of the school year. Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that has a big impact on the lives of elementary school children and their families, but isn't a huge time commitment? If so, consider becoming a volunteer on our Food Bank of Lincoln BackPack teamThe time commitment to volunteer for the BackPack Program only involves about 30 minutes on a Friday afternoon. The good part is you get to pick which Fridays you would like to volunteer. For more information about volunteering with the Backpack Program, contact Kathy Dickey by email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by cell at 402-610-0251. You might also watch this short video featuring a few of our volunteers talking about what the BackPack program means to them.

You may not have the opportunity to serve as a BackPack volunteer, but you can support the program and the kids/families we serve with a financial commitment. Consider making a donation. You can send your donation to First Lutheran Church, Attn: BackPack Program, 1551 S. 70th Street, Lincoln, NE 68516.

Thank you for feeding a child.

 

Meals on Wheels

The Lincoln area Meals on Wheels program is a ministry of Tabitha Health Care, a ministry of the ELCA. First Lutheran has long been a partner with Tabitha and we appreciate the opportunity to walk with them to feed the hungry. Tabitha Meals on Wheels clients receive not only a warm, nutritious noon meal, but families gain the peace of mind knowing a volunteer is checking on their loved one with every meal delivery. Sometimes, it's just a meal that allows people to remain independent in their homes.

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You can get involved!

  • Take a turn doing the First Lutheran 4th Saturday of the month route. Food, route map and instructions are picked up at the main Tabitha campus (South 48th and Randolph) and returned to the same place when you finish the route.
  • Be part of the Sunday First Lutheran crew. Food, route map and instructions are delivered to First Lutheran about 10:30 am. The route takes about an hour. Supplies are returned to the Tabitha office at South 48th and Randolph.
  • Sign up for your own route by calling Tabitha at 402-486-8564. Tabitha delivers 7 days a week. You can choose to deliver every day, once a week or once a month.
  • Volunteers with 4 wheel drive vehicles are needed to cover on snow days when some of the regular drivers cannot deliver. Call the Tabitha volunteer office to get on the emergency delivery list.

This is a great project for the family. Delivery usually takes about an hour.

For more information, contact Sunni Richardson, Director of Discipleship.

High School Food Markets

The Food Bank of Lincoln conducts Food Markets at the middle and high schools. First Lutheran has a team of volunteers at the Lincoln High Food Market. Duties involve setting the food out, directing students, monitoring how many of each item students take and packing up leftover food at the end of the Market. It involves about 1 1/2 - 2 hours of time (approximately 2:30-4:00 pm) on the 2nd or 4th Wednesday of the month. If you have a group of friends willing to volunteer with you or you would like to be added to the team, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 402-610-0251.

Bridges to Hope

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Bridges to Hope is a non-profit agency serving men and women soon-to-be or recently released from incarceration from county, state and federal correctional institutions as they transition to a productive life in the community. Bridges to Hope distributes donated goods needed to enter the workforce and set up housekeeping. Re-entrants may visit the warehouse twice in an 18-month period to select clothing, kitchen/household goods, furniture, and hygiene products, at no charge. Bridges to Hope served 504 in 2015 and 701 in 2016, which consisted of 513 men and 188 women. The total dollar value of items distributed in 2016 was $89,691.

First Lutheran is collecting needed items for Bridges to Hope to donate throughout the month of June. Items needed include:

Men's NEW white t-shirts (short sleeve) sizes 2XL and larger
Men's NEW white athletic socks
Men's wallets (new or gently used)
Men's and Women's deodorant and razors
Laundry soap
Dish soap (such as Dawn or Palmolive)
Paper towels
Toilet paper (2-ply)

Please bring your donated items to the church by the end of the month. Thank you for your support!