LINCOLN – When Paula Peterson got the chance to nominate a nonprofit to receive $2,500 through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, she knew just who to choose.

The rural Waverly resident and her family have been helping Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach since daughter, Erica, was in high school.

“The people here are very important to us. If we see a need or hear of one, we want to help,” Mach said.

  One of the biggest reason she and her family like Matt Talbot is because of the people.

“Most of the people aren’t looking for a handout, they’re looking for a hand up,” she said.

Erica Mach has collected clothing and blankets and her “Share a Stocking” project to give Christmas stockings to Matt Talbot guests on Christmas Day is in its fourth year.

Matt Talbot will be using the grant to provide meals during the busy summer months.

Kitchen Manaer Sydne Wirrick-Knox said that several of Matt Talbot’s hunger relief teams take a break in the summer. Finding volunteer groups who want to serve is usually easy, but those groups are not always able to provide the food.

The America’s Farmers Grow Communities grant will provide healthy meals for at least 1,000 people. Mach and her husband, Tom, farm north of Waverly and they regularly donate 50 pounds of ground beef to help provide a meal.

Using the America’s Farmers Grow Communities gift to feed even more people is very exciting.

“We’re farmers. We feed people. This is an opportunity to feed people in a different way,” she said.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Bayer Fund, is celebrating its 10th year of partnering with local farmers to provide grants to local nonprofits. For more information, visit

For more than 25 years, Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach has been helping the hungry, homeless and near homeless. food and shelter.

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