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Five Million Reasons to Celebrate

Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird joined forces with Tabitha Meals on Wheels Monday to celebrate its milestone of delivering five million meals to Lincoln area residents since its founding back in 1967.

The mayor kicked off her route by getting the perspective of what it means to deliver from Delma Hartig, a respected, longtime Tabitha Meals on Wheels volunteer, who has served for 40 years.

When asked about her own motivation to volunteer, Mayor Gaylor Baird pointed to her children and leading by example, so they understand the importance of helping other people.

Mayor Gaylor Baird’s contribution continues the legacy of thousands upon thousands of volunteers who have devoted their energy to serving this community for 54 years and counting.

Powered by the passion to deliver to Seniors the nutrition to stay strong and healthy at home, members of Tabitha’s meal program pride themselves on keeping a vital part of our community living joyfully and aging gratefully. Approximately 500 meals are delivered 365 days a year.

Meal recipients John and Linda Nagle praise Tabitha Meals on Wheels for keeping them active and doing the things they love. Linda enjoys volunteering at a parochial school in Lincoln; without the meal Tabitha provides, giving back to the community would be more challenging. 

More than 81% of meal recipients cannot afford the cost of a meal. Tabitha Meals on Wheels counts on the unwavering generosity of independent and corporate donors to advocate for these individuals through donation.

For 82% of meal recipients, the volunteer is likely to be the only person they see that day. The kindness and care packed into every meal and passed on by volunteers is a light in the lives of so many.

Mayor Gaylor Baird found herself moved by the devotion of so many as well, noting the inherent warmth in being able to share the little moments with members of the Lincoln community. By delivering meals, volunteers step into their day to make a positive difference. 

For ways you can help, considering giving Tabitha Meals on Wheels your time and talent (Volunteer) or treasure (Give).


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Whether you choose to volunteer your time, get involved in the community or even commit time to strengthening your relationships, living an altruistic life provides many ways to impact others around you. 

Tabitha Meals on Wheels strongly depends on wonderful and dedicated volunteers to deliver meals, and is always looking for more individuals, organizations and companies willing to serve on a regular basis. Learn more.

Through Aug. 18, vote Tabitha daily for Best of Grand Island—hospice and in-home care company. Vote online at and text 645 & 711 to 308.222.3146.

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It is important to make time to enjoy the outdoors. Spending time outside on a daily basis is beneficial to one’s mental, emotional and physical health. Read more.

Tabitha Meals on Wheels partners with the U-Stop Kicks it Back to the Community program. Every Tuesday in July, U-Stop will give two cents from every gallon of gas sold to support local Seniors.

Lincoln’s Gateway Sertoma Club and Tabitha came together for the 20th Annual Gateway Sertoma Golf Event Friday, June 10. The event raised a grand total of nearly $90,000 for Tabitha Meals on Wheels. Learn more.

Through July 7, nominate Tabitha for Grand Island’s “Best of the Best” in Hospice, In-Home Care Company, Place to Work and Customer Service categories!

Before swimming this summer, make sure you have measures in place to keep you and your family safe. Consider implementing the following tips into your poolside regimen as your summer fun starts to ramp up.

Help Tabitha earn a spot on the final ballot for Best of Lincoln honors! Nominate Tabitha now through June 30 at View categories.

Donald Starkey, a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast and Tabitha Hospice client, received a memorable rally of riders thanks to his Hospice nurse and ABATE of Nebraska motorcycle club. Read more.

Energy: we all have it and we all want more of it, but how you go about seeking it out is important. Here are some tips on how to say no to products that promise energy and say yes to boosting your own.

April is Global Volunteer Month. Volunteers are a vital part of the Tabitha family—and often become family to those we’re privileged to support, too. Read Frankie and Delaney's story.

Tabitha announced JP Lauterbach has joined its Tabitha Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Lincoln-headquartered nonprofit, as director of development. Read more.