Client Update: December 2020

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Friday, December 4

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Drive-thru distributions Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays 3 to 5 p.m.

Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - we are not currently open to visitors.

 

Drive-thru flow and waiting lines

Toyland cancelled

Fighting the Flu

SNAP and WIC food programs

NeighborLNK connects the homebound with volunteers

For needs that go beyond food and diapers

Holidays are a popular time for scammers

Employment opportunities

Dates to remember

 

Drive-thru traffic flow and waiting line parking

As the need in our community increases, so do waiting lines for our drive-thru distributions of food and diapers. Here are a few tips to help you avoid waiting:

Do not arrive early to distribution. There's no difference between the distribution folks receive at the beginning of the day and the end. Arriving early just guarantees you'll have to wait.

Consider attending at 10:30 a.m. or later. We generally have traffic flowing pretty well by then.

Don't arrive at the last minute. There's always a little rush right before we close.

Avoid Tuesdays, if possible. Tuesdays are our busiest day. If you can attend distribution on another day, please do so.

When there’s a waiting line, please follow traffic flow outlined at cfpin.org/drive-thru. We appreciate your patience as we work to keep our community fed and its youngest residents diapered.

 

Toyland cancelled

We regret to inform you that Toyland will not take place this year. The risk of COVID-19 is too high. Several area nonprofits are still hosting their holiday events. Check with KFOR Operation Santa Claus, the Salvation Army, and People's City Mission. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday season.

We will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1. Please plan your visits to the Center for food and/or diapers accordingly. Thank you.

 

Fight the Flu: Free flu vaccines on Dec. 16th at the Center

Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to  protect yourself from the flu. Get your free flu shot from the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department at the Center (3901 N. 27th Street at Door 3) on Dec. 16th from 5-7 p.m. No appointment necessary. For more info, call the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department at 402.441.8065.

 

SNAP and WIC food program

If you’re having trouble making ends meet, consider applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps). To see if you’re eligible, contact Salim at 402.476.4357 x105.

WIC is a special nutrition program specifically for pregnant and breastfeeding women and families with children younger than 5 years old. For more information, visit dhhs.ne.gov/pages/wic-about.aspx or call Family Service WIC (remote services through September) at 402.441.8655 or Lincoln Lancaster County WIC at 402.441.8000.

Don’t forget you can double your food dollars.
Get free fresh fruits and vegetables with your EBT card with Double Up Food Bucks. For details, visit
https://food.unl.edu/DoubleUp!

 

NeighborLNK connects homebound with volunteers

This program is designed to help keep homebound residents healthy, connected and independent during the isolation required by this crisis, as well as to cultivate friendships that could last beyond the pandemic.

NeighborLNK volunteers will run errands for the participants and offer companionship through phone or video calls. COVID-19 prevention measures will be followed and volunteers will not enter participants' homes. If you're interested in participating or volunteering, visit lincoln.ne.gov keyword NeighborLNK or call 402.441.7575.

 

For needs that go beyond food and diapers

The City of Lincoln is maintaining a list of both prevention information and sources of assistance. If your needs go beyond food and diapers, please visit covid19.lincoln.ne.gov and click "Resident Resources" for information on getting help with basic needs, housing, unemployment, utilities, healthcare, behavioral health, domestic violence, discrimination and legal matters.

 

Holidays are a popular time for scammers

Scammers around the country ramp up their efforts to trick people out of money or steal identities during the holidays. Protect yourself! If you suspect a call or text you receive is a scam, hang up or delete the text without responding. Remember, when in doubt, don't give it out.

Visit consumer.ftc.gov for more info on protecting yourself from scams.

 

Employment opportunities

For a list of companies currently hiring in Lincoln along with information about the positions, visit lcoc.com/job-postings!

For one-on-one coaching and career planning, resume building, interview preparation and assistance using NEworks.nebraska.gov to connect with employers, email NDOL.NEres@nebraska.gov and include your location.

 

Dates to remember

Dec. 16, 5-7 p.m.: Flu Vaccination Clinic at the Center No appointment needed!

Dec. 24-25: Center closed for Christmas

Jan. 1, 2021: Center closed for New Year’s Day

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