Here to help!

We help low-income families by providing the basic needs and educational opportunities needed to become financially independent.

Our services include food distributions, a diaper pantry, household goods distributions, emergency services, English language classes, educational opportunities, and employment training. We also advocate for legislation and policies that help people overcome obstacles and escape poverty.

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2,626 families received food at the Center in June 2022. You can help keep our community fed through tough times now and for years to come. Make a donation to the Center through Give to Lincoln today.


In 2021, we distributed food to 56% more families than in 2019, before the pandemic. If you're having trouble buying food or diapers, we can help with weekly and monthly distributions for you and your family.


The Center distributed diapers to 815 babies in June 2022. You can make an immediate difference in the lives of young children who don't have enough diapers to stay clean, dry and healthy. Make a gift to the Center through Give to Lincoln today.


Recent News

Aug 10
Voting open Aug. 12-26, 2022 The Center for People in Need is proud to announce that we've been...
Jul 1
EduTech enrolling now! POP scholarships accepting new students JLL Diaper Bank is here for you...
Jun 29
The number of families visiting the Center for People in Need for supplemental food has been...
Jun 22
The Board of Directors of the Center for People in Need is pleased to announce Macala Carter as the...

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Emma's parents couldn't afford much. It had been a tough year, and they were barely making rent. They visited the Center's Toyland event and picked out a stuffed animal for Emma. She named him "Pickles" and takes him everywhere. Thank you.

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Emma and Pickles

I never thought that I could communicate as I do now. I am stronger than I thought, and I discovered all of my strengths through the ELL classes. At the Center, everybody can learn English, computers and more. Thank you.

Ayako, ELL student View All Testimonials

I had a bad experience with my neighbor who knew I could not speak English. The police tried to help, but I could not explain myself. I joined the Center's classes to avoid more troubles and misunderstandings with other people. Now, if something happens, I can communicate. Thank you.

Viyan, ELL student View All Testimonials

On our fixed income, it's been difficult to buy enough food for healthy meals lately. We come to the Center a couple of times a month to make sure we have enough food. Thank you.

George and Kathy, food clients View All Testimonials
george and kathy

You can tell that [Opening Doors] staff really care. They're the kind of people we need in our lives right now. Being around people that want to help our lives and help us achieve our goals is pretty amazing.

Neca, former Opening Doors participant View All Testimonials