Hunger Relief and Healthy Food Access

Gathering Place

Community Action's Gathering Place (1448 “E” Street in Lincoln) provides free hot, nutritious meals seven days a week from 5 to 6 p.m to anyone who needs a meal - no questions asked. Guests can choose to eat inside the beautiful Gathering Place house or take their meal to-go.

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, the Gathering Place is a program of Community Action and serves over 34,000 meals annually to those who face hunger in Lincoln. Evening meals are served seven days a week from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.. This important work is made possible through the hard work and dedication of over 500 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