Hunger Relief and Healthy Food Access

Gathering Place

Temporary meal service update: Practicing an abundance of caution, and following conversation with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, Community Action’s Gathering Place will be temporarily altering our meal service model beginning March 13th. While we will continue to our meal service from 5:00-6:00 p.m. as usual, meals will be provided in to-go boxes only. Beginning April 4, 2020, meals will be served 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Monday-Sunday.


Meals are served Monday through Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

History of The Gathering Place

In May of 1982, the Gathering Place opened its doors on 1448 E. Street in Lincoln, Nebraska. Originally designed as a hospitality center, its mission, according to one of the original founders, was to establish a house that could be turned into a place “where anyone with special concern for the poor, elderly, lonely, homeless, hungry, differently abled, and disenfranchised would feel welcome.” Gathering Place founders envisioned the house as a place where people from all walks of life could be in the fellowship of one another so as to fill a void in the spiritual community in Lincoln.

Now in its 37th year, the Gathering Place is a program of Community Action and serves over 29,000 meals annually to those who face hunger in Lincoln. Evening meals are served Monday through Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.. This important work is made possible through the hard work and dedication of over 1,700 volunteers annually, and contributions from the community. Though its offerings have changed throughout the years, Community Action's Gathering Place is still very much a reflection of its original vision as a place where people from all walks of life can come together, converse, and if only for an hour or two, gather together as one.

Want to Know More?

If you are interested in finding out more about the Gathering Place, or are looking for ways to help, please contact:

Lisa Janssen (she, her, hers)
Gathering Place Administrator
(402) 476-7398

Please mail all Gathering Place correspondence to:

Community Action
Attn: The Gathering Place
210 O Street 
Lincoln, NE 68508