ClientUpdate: April 21, 2020

Client Update
Tuesday, April 21

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Neighborhood Food distributions move to the Center

The Center for People in Need and Food Bank of Lincoln are dedicated to serving you through this national emergency. To conserve resources and keep everyone safe, food distributions at Fourth Presbyterian Church, F Street Community Center, Oak Lake Church and The Bay will be moved to the Center's facility at 3901 N. 27th Street beginning May 1, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Lincoln employers are still hiring!

Visit to browse available jobs. EmployLNK also posts a weekly job list to the Chamber of Commerce website. To browse current and previous job lists, visit


Additional assistance with food

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,

  • Call the Center and speak with Salim Merza at 402.476.4357 x105 or email
  • Speak with a coordinator at the SNAP Outreach Program in Nebraska at 855.444.5556.
  • Apply online directly at


Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

A special nutrition program specifically for pregnant and breastfeeding women and families with children younger than 5 years old. For more information, visit


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, visit and click "Resident Resources" for information on getting help with basic needs, housing, unemployment, utilities, healthcare, behavioral health, domestic violence, discrimination, and legal matters.

myLNK is also maintaining a list of resources. Check the special COVID-19 section on the myLNK app available on Apple and Android phones or online at


CFPIN distribution times, rules and reminders

We distribute food and diapers five days a week - Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. You may only attend one distribution per week.

For the health and safety of everyone involved in o ur drive-thru distributions, please adhere to the following:

  1. Do not arrive early. If you are parked in our parking lot before distribution, you may be asked to leave.
  2. Only one vehicle per household is allowed to go through. If you do not have a vehicle, walk-ups will be processed at Door 2.
  3. Please stay in your vehicle. Our building is closed to the public - please plan accordingly.
  4. Please clean out your vehicle's trunk area before attending. Because of exposure risks, we will not place food in the passenger area of your vehicle. FOOD WILL ONLY BE PLACED IN THE TRUNK. If your trunk does not work, you will be asked to park some distance from the drive-thru, provided a cart of food, and asked to load it yourself.
  5. Please bring as few people as possible to distribution.
  6. If you are ill or have potentially been exposed to COVID-19, please DO NOT ATTEND ANY DISTRIBUTION. The drive-thru process reduces potential contact, but does not eliminate it entirely.
  7. Please do not smoke in your vehicle at distribution.
  8. Please do not use your cell phone while in drive-thru.
  9. You must present a current or expired Center Card to participate. Those without a Center Card should bring a photo I.D. We will issue a temporary card, which you will need to bring to every distribution you attend.
  10. You may only attend one food distribution per week. Diapers will continue to be distributed once a month.
  11. You must be 18 or older to receive food for your household.


"Flattening the Curve" at the Center

Here's a quick rundown of the precautions we have in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Our lobby is closed. Staff is still available to help over the phone at 402.476.4357 or via email at
  • Drive-thru distribution will continue through May. For those of you who use public transportation, walk-ups will be processed at Door 2. The limit is still one food distribution per week and one diaper distribution per month.
  • Commodities will continue to be part of the drive-thru process.
  • All Center programs and services other than food and diaper distribution have been closed temporarily. This includes ELL, the Donation Room, T.R.A.D.E., etc. (P.O.P. continues to enroll students.)


The Center for People in Need will be closed May 25 in honor of Memorial Day.
Please watch and our social media channels for last-minute updates, changes and more.

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