Food in the ‘Hood

Due to our recent COVID-19 outbreak, we are doing our best to balance the need for basic services with our capacity to effectively respond amid so many facility shutdowns, particularly those that host some of our programs.  With this in mind, if you are looking to volunteer or you are in need of one or more of our services, please contact us directly in regard to our open hours and availability for a particular program, service, and/or host site.   We can best be reached by calling 612-217-4003 (leave a voicemail please) or by email at  Thank you for your kind understanding as we work together for good.

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Getting enough to eat is a problem for the 15% of US households facing food insecurity. As if that weren’t bad enough, food insecurity with households that have children is even significantly higher at nearly 21%. Through the Food in the ‘Hood program, client-choice food shelves and hot meal programs are operated in Bloomington and North Minneapolis. This program serves 2,500 individuals each month.  Our goal is for each registered family to receive high quality essential grocery items, a delicious hot meal, health and nutritional support, advocacy, the “Good News” and a personal touch of kindness from our amazing team of difference-makers.

How Does this Program Work?

It’s really easy. Community members may visit our food pantry during our open hours (see below). Everyone is welcome. No appointment is necessary.


Cedar Valley Church

8600 Bloomington Ave S.
Bloomington, MN 55425
Dates/Time: The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Beacon Of Hope Church

2827 Newton Ave North
Minneapolis, MN  55411
Dates/Time: 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Do I Need Special Skills to Volunteer?

All you need is a positive can-do attitude. Volunteers can help in a number of ways including food prep, set up, administrative, greeting guests, handling supplies, preparing meals, serving food, clean or help with our children’s programming. If you have a willing heart we have a place for you. We have 2 primary shifts available at both our Bloomington and north Minneapolis sites:

First Shift: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Bloomington) or 10:30 pm – 1:00 pm (North Minneapolis)

Second Shift: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Bloomington) or 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm (North Minneapolis)

Serving together always provides a great time for connecting with others and a wonderful way to give back to the community in a meaningful manner. We need and welcome your involvement. Please consider joining us today! For more information, please contact Jamie at 612-440-SHOE (7463).