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, Lincoln's first Diaper Bank, 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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2,748 families received food at the Center in July 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.

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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.

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The Center distributed diapers to 853 babies in July 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.

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Recent News

Sep 13
UBT announces $100,000 donation to the Center for People in Need. Our community voted and the count...
Aug 15
Help us win $100k in The Big Give EduTech continues enrolling students interested in tech careers...
Aug 10
Voting open Aug. 12-26, 2022 The Center for People in Need is proud to announce that we've been...
Aug 8
The Center for People in Need is pleased to announce Belinda Acosta, PhD as the new Director of Fund...
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I was visiting the Center for food when someone told me SNAP qualifications had changed. They set me up with an appointment for Client Assistance, and Salim walked me through the whole application. Now I get money for groceries each month and don't have to visit the Center anymore. Thank you.

Reginald, client assistance recipient View All Testimonials
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Val and I were skipping meals to keep the kids fed, and even then sometimes we still didn't have enough. The kids would get hungry between meals, but we couldn't afford to let them snack. It was so stressful. Now we visit the Center for food every week, and we're all healthier and happier.

Justin and Valerie, food clients View All Testimonials
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The POP scholarship program helped me earn my associate's degree. Now I'm a radiology tech. I have a cool job, a steady paycheck and benefits. Thank you!

Sheila, POP scholarship recipient View All Testimonials
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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
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Diapers are expensive, and our little guy goes through a LOT of them. Being able to get some diapers from the Center every month really helps. Thank you.

Ron and Sarah, diaper clients View All Testimonials
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