Local Center Provides Thanksgiving Food for Families in Need

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One woman called it "a Godsend." The Center for People in Need is holding their annual Giving Thanksgiving Food program.

The center will distribute special food items and $10 grocery store vouchers to nearly 4,000 low-income families.

The distribution started Saturday, and will continue Sunday and Monday.

"The economy in Lincoln still hasn't recovered the way we thought it would," said Deb Daily, Director of Operations at the Center for People in Need.

"We have lots of families that are still having trouble paying the rent and the lights."

She says working events like these makes her thankful for what she has.

"When I go home at the end of the day of course I'm tired, but I'm so thankful that I'm going home and having the things I do. It makes me feel thankful that we are able to help other people in need."

She encourages everyone to be thankful during their holiday.

"We all want bigger and better things. For a family to be so grateful for a can of peas... I think we all need stop, slow down and be thankful for what we have."

In order to receive food items and a voucher, clients must bring a Center ID card if they have one, identification for the adult in the household, and a piece of mail with the client's name and current address on it.

Those who are already receiving Neighborhood FOOD Program food must still bring the paperwork to receive a grocery store voucher.

Those who do not have a Center ID card may apply for one at the distribution.

Food is provided by the Food Bank of Lincoln. Grocery store vouchers are paid for by generous donations from the community.

For those who wish to give, please send a check to the Center for People in Need, 3901 N. 27th St. Unit 1, Lincoln, NE 68521. Write "Thanksgiving" in the memo.

The Center also is asking for those who would like to volunteer their time during Giving Thanksgiving Food to call 402-476-4357.