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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2,748 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

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Voting open Aug. 12-26, 2022 The Center for People in Need is proud to announce that we've been...
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More than 450 generous donors remembered the Center during this year's Give to Lincoln event. The...
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Special Bags With Love is a new selection of food and personal grooming items specifically set aside...
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In 2023, the Center for People in Need will mark 20 years of serving the Lincoln community. There’s...
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[Opening Doors] helped me land a job when I was first released. But the pandemic hit, and I was laid-off. I almost lost everything! [Opening Doors] staff went above and beyond to help. I found a new job and was able to keep my apartment. Thank you.

John, former Opening Doors participant View All Testimonials
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Thanks to the POP scholarship program, I went from scraping by to providing a good life for my son, Xavier. My new career as a surgical tech has steady hours, a good salary, paid time off and full benefits. I finally caught up on past-due bills, and I'm working on saving money and improving my credit so I can buy a house with a yard for Xavier.Thank you.

Zach, 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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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 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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