Emergency Food Programs
Programs to combat hunger include the Homeless Hot Meals Program, which serves hot lunches to 225 homeless people on a daily basis at La Escuelita. Outreach is also provided by Peer Educators from UBP’s prevention programs as a means of engaging these persons in other services offered by UBP, including referrals to shelters, residential and outpatient treatment programs, harm reduction programs and HIV prevention services. On a regular basis, HIV prevention educational workshops are provided for those that wish to participate immediately before the meal. Meal tickets are given out at 2:00 P.M. and meals are served at 3:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.
An Emergency Pantry provides 50-75 emergency food packages of groceries for individuals, families and the elderly each month. This is used as part of a crisis intervention strategy particularly for individuals who have temporarily lost their entitlements or need to stretch the small income they receive. The program is located at La Escuelita.
The Lincoln Acupuncture Meal Transport Program provides lunches to pregnant women and their children who participate in the Lincoln Hospital Acupuncture Program.