Minnehaha United Methodist Church Supports 4 Food Missions
MINNEHARVEST: EVERY 4TH SATURDAY
MinneHarvest is Minnehaha United Methodist Church’s once-a-month free food giveaway. It usually takes place at the church on the morning of the fourth Saturday of each month. The address is: 3701 East 50th Street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can locate it on a Google map right here.
How it Works
Each month we receive a truckload of produce and other surplus items from grocery stores and warehouses, plus bread from the New French Bakery. It's about 12,000 pounds of food! We give the food to anyone who comes to the church. Anyone. No questions asked. Each adult gets two grocery bags of food.
Helping the Food Insecure
MinneHarvest feeds an average of 400 to 500 people each month. About 50% are adults, 34% children and 16% senior citizens.
Want to Help?
Individuals and groups are encouraged to volunteer. Opportunities include: Setting up tables and unloading the truck at 6:45 a.m.; helping clients carry groceries to their cars starting at 9:00 a.m.; and helping with clean-up at 10:00 a.m. If you’d like to know more, contact: Renee Beymer: 612-722-1782 (phone); firstname.lastname@example.org (email).
MINNEHAHA FOOD SHELF: EVERY TUESDAY
The Minnehaha Food Shelf—an ecumenical mission of Lake Nokomis Lutheran, St. James on the Parkway and Minnehaha United Methodist churches—provides food for more than 600 people in need who live in our neighborhood. The Food Shelf is open every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is located at Minnehaha United Methodist Church, 3701 East 50th Street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can locate it on a Google map right here.
Volunteer at the Food Shelf
If you have some free time on Tuesday mornings, consider volunteering your time at the Minnehaha Food Shelf. We can always use help to set up, check in visitors, or distribute food throughout the day.
Give to the Food Shelf
Your gift of non-perishable food items and/or money will help us combat food insecurity in Minneapolis. Drop-off boxes are located at all three churches.
If you’d like more information or want to volunteer, email: email@example.com.
SIMPSON MEALS: 4+ TIMES A YEAR
About four times a year, volunteers from Minnehaha United Methodist Church prepare an evening meal for about 140 clients of Simpson House at 28th Street and 1st Ave. The meal is prepared off site and delivered at about 5:30 p.m. At Simpson House the meal is heated, served at 7:00 p.m. with clean-up at about 8:15 p.m. Food is set aside for people who come in late to the shelter.
What is Simpson House?
Simpson Housing Services houses, supports and advocates for people experiencing homelessness. They began as an emergency overnight shelter in the basement of Simpson United Methodist Church in 1982 and have become a leading nonprofit providing assistance to people experiencing homelessness.
Want to Help?
Volunteers can help plan and buy the food, prepare the food, deliver and serve the meal, and/or clean-up. (Arrive at 5:45 and work through to 8:30 p.m.) Want to help? Contact: Maureen Trepp 612-724-7620. If you’d like more information about Simpson Housing Services, go to: https://www.simpsonhousing.org
MEALS ON WHEELS: EVERY 6 WEEKS
About every six weeks, drivers from Minnehaha United Methodist Church deliver meals over the lunch hour to elderly people in the neighborhood of the church who have difficulty getting out of their homes and apartments.
What is Meals on Wheels?
Meals on Wheels is an international organization that originated in the United Kingdom in the 1940s. Meals on Wheels America was established in 1974. Through more than 5,000 community-based programs, volunteers provide healthful food and human contact to elderly people from coast to coast.
Want to Help?
Volunteer drivers from the church pick up the meals from Nokomis Square and deliver them to the clients’ homes. If you’d like to know more, contact: Rachel Larson at Minnehaha United Methodist Church (612-729-8069) or Diane Smedstad at Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church (612-721-1852). Or sign up to volunteer at: https://meals-on-wheels.com/volunteer/sign-up-to-volunteer
In addition to our food ministries, Minnehaha UMC supports a program called Families Moving Forward, which houses homeless families for a week at a local church. Volunteers are needed to serve dinner, breakfast, run evening activities and one host stays overnight. Families are welcome to participate together. This program is coordinated by Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative. Interested? Contact Robbie Becker: 612-721-2768.