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Food Distribution

Food distribution at the Center for People in Need helps nearly 12,000 men, women, and children fight daily hunger in Lincoln. While it might not be visible to most of us, 14% of Lancaster County residents, or 43,349 people, lack consistent access to adequate food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food considers this “food insecurity." A statistic that's even more disturbing is that 20% of the county's children‒14,243‒are food insecure. To help counter food insecurity, Center for People in Need distributes free food weekly at five locations in Lincoln:

  • Center for People in Need, 3901 North 27th St.
  • F Street Recreation Center, 1225 F Street
  • The Bay, 2005 Y Street
  • Oak Lake Church, 3300 North First St.
  • Fourth Presbyterian Church, 5200 Francis St.

See calendar for times when food is available at each of these locations.

English Language Learning Classes

The pathway out of poverty for New Americans begins with learning English. The poverty rate for Lincoln refugee and immigrant families is 36% (Lincoln Vital Signs 2017). We want to help families become employed and financially stable as quickly as possible. The Center offers English Language instruction at four levels from beginning to advanced.

Classes are offered year-round at no cost to low-income individuals who need to learn or improve their English skills. Each new student is tested to find out which class to join, and students progress at their own speed.

Please contact Sue Saxton, (402) 476-4357 or ssaxton@cfpin.org, to ask questions about English Language Learning.

Household Needs 

Throughout the year, Center for People in Need offers limited quantities of household goods to families and individuals in need. Individuals or families in the community who experience severe hardship, such as a fire, flood, tornado, or other dramatic loss of a home or household essentials can contact the Center.  We will identify items available as well as connect them to many other community resources that might fill in the gaps.

If you have items you would like to donate, please bring them to the Center at 3901 North 27th St., Door 1, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Here is our wish list of some commonly needed items:

  • Regular-size bottles of shampoo and conditioner
  • Cleaning supplies such as Comet, Soft Scrub, and 409 spray
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Sponges, dishcloths, and dish towels
  • Toilet paper and other paper products
  • Diapers -- larger sizes (3-6)

People Obtaining Prosperity 

People Obtaining Prosperity (POP) is a tuition assistance program that helps low-income people attend Southeast Community College (SCC), identify a career pathway, and obtain better employment. This program has helped more than 200 individuals graduate from SCC and dramatically improved their incomes from work in fields including healthcare, office skills, and office administration, and computer technology. More than 300 students have completed at least forty-five credit hours at no cost, improving their knowledge and skills in particular areas.

If you’re in a situation where you’re not able to make ends meet and haven’t had the money or support to go to college, you might be a future POP student! We’ll help you find a meaningful job and career.

You may learn more by contacting Lynette Maes, (402) 476-4357 or lmaes@cfpin.org.


Tackling Recidivism and Developing Employability (TRADE) works in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Corrections to help incarcerated individuals, and those leaving a correctional facility, prepare for and reenter the community. Former inmates face multiple barriers when reentering the community, so it’s very important they have employment skills and community support until they become reestablished and earn stable incomes.
Participants in TRADE will have the opportunities to:

  • Learn core life skills for successful employment
  • Receive training in new skills in demand in the job market
  • Learn how to create resumes, conduct job searches, and interview well
  • Develop connections with potential employers who are interested in hiring TRADE participants.

If you know someone who might benefit from this program, please contact Matt Hill, (402) 476-4357 or mhill@cfpin.org.

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