Agency Programs & Services

Neighborhood FOOD Program

Food   Opportunity   Outreach   Delivery
Free Food for Low-Income Families

1:00 -- 2:00  p.m. 
4:00 --   6:00 p.m.
F Street Community Center
Center for People in Need
(F St  location is bi-weekly)


1225 F St.                
N. 27th St.
12:00 -- 1:00 p.m.
3:00 -- 4:00 p.m.


Malone Community Center
Oak Lake Church
2032 U St.
3300 N. 1st St.
2:30 --  3:30 p.m. 
Center for People in Need
N 27th St. 

*Note: Families receiving food must be at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Limit:

Household Size:  Monthly Income: 


Who is hungry in our community?

The answer to this question is often surprising.  In December 2012, the Center for People in Need conducted a survey of 1,801 low-income families with children. The survey identified issues and challenges faced by low-income families. The results of the survey, especially in the area of food access and availability, illustrate the critical need for the Neighborhood FOOD distribution. Respondents indicated the following:


  • 55% always or sometimes have trouble having enough money to buy food.
  • 47% worried each week about not having enough food to feed their families.
  • 30% said they did not have enough food to eat on the day of the survey. 


In partnership with the Lincoln Food Bank, the Neighborhood FOOD program addresses the need for increased access to food for the low-income in our community. Because transportation is often a barrier for those seeking services, food and other resources are distributed at sites targeting low-income neighborhoods, churches, and other human services agencies.

The Center for People in Need purchases food from the Lincoln Food Bank for .05 cents/pound valued at $1.67/pound. In addition to food from the Food Bank, USDA commodities are also distributed once a month. In 2012, the Center distributed about 2.6 million pounds of food and USDA commodities directly to low-income neighborhoods. 

The United Way is crucial to our Neighborhood Food Program efforts. Please visit the United Way here.  

The Neighborhood Food Program is critical to the health and well being of families and children. At four distribution sites across Lincoln, about 925 families and 2,300 individuals a week receive food and other resources including personal care items, reduced fare bus passes, and free passes to family-oriented community activities like the zoo, children’s museum, and circus.

Resource books are also available at distributions. The books contain updated information about free or low cost resources in the community available to low-income, high needs families. Topics include health services, reduced fare bus passes, and resources for children.

You can get an application for our Neighborhood FOOD program at the Center for People in Need or pick one up at one of our distribution locations (during weekly, scheduled distributions only). You can also download an application, fill out all the required information and return the completed form to the Center for People in Need or email it to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Income eligible famiiles and individuals can pick up food once a week at one of our four distribution locations. 

Information and Other Resources Distributed at Neighborhood Food Sites

  • Center for People in Need Resource Handbooks
  • Children’s Museum passes
  • Children’s Zoo passes
  • Circus Tickets
  • Half price swim passes
  • Other Community Resources
  • Clinic With a Heart
  • Lincoln/Lancaster Co. Health Dept.
  • People’s Health Center
  • Food Stamp applications
  • StarTran—Ride for $7.50
  • Lincoln Public Schools
USDA Anti-Discrimination Policy

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 


De acuerdo a lo establecio por las leyes Federales y el Departamento de Agricultura de los EE.UU. (USDA, siglas en ingles), se prohibe a este organismo la discriminacion por raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad, o impedimentos de las personas. (No todas las bases de prohibicion se aplican a todos los programas.)

Para presentar una queja sobre discriminacion, escriba a USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W. Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, o llame al (202) 720-5964 (voz y TDD). USDA es un proveedor y empleador que ofrece oportunidad igual a todos. 

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