The health and safety of our customers, partners, staff and volunteers is our priority. We are following COVID-19 recommendations from the CDC and MN Dept of Health. Until further notice, our programs and services have adopted new models in order for The Food Group to meet the increasing needs of all the communities with whom we partner. These models may change and adapt as we hear what our communities need. Our work is guided by these values: 1. Food is a basic right for all individuals. 2. Everyone deserves access to healthy food, where they live, that they can get to. 3. Everyone deserves access to foods that are familiar to them and fit their cultural and dietary needs. 4. Working collaboratively with other community organizations drives our mutual success. 5. Operating in a way that supports equity, sustainability and fairness to all builds stronger communities.
• The best way you can help tackle the threat of hunger is by making a financial contribution to The Food Group. As a food bank, we can stretch your $1 dollar to provide 2 meals. Donate here.
• Please share our message through your social media networks. Facebook/instagram/twitter @thefoodgroupmn
Thank you for your interest in providing food to those most in need during this health crisis. If you are in good health and at least 16 years of age, you can sign up for a warehouse volunteer shift on VolunteerHub. We provide multiple shifts every weekday to repack bulk staples for food shelves and pack boxes for Twin Cities Mobile Market free distributions and our Fare for All program. Read more about how our volunteers are leading the charge on our emergency response.
We are most in need of high-protein items- canned meats such as tuna, salmon and chicken, peanut butter, lentils, quinoa, oatmeal and shelf-stable milks, staple items such as flour, cooking oils, and spices, and household items such as diapers and hand sanitizer. We value nutritious and culturally specific foods to provide to our food shelf partners.
Yes, we are accepting donations at this time during the hours of 8:00 am- 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. A blue collection barrel has been placed in the entryway to our building, 8501 54th Ave N, New Hope, MN 55428. Donations can be placed in the barrel; you do not need to ring the doorbell or check in with a staff member. Donation receipts are located next to the barrel, fill out a receipt if you would like one for tax purposes. To limit contact, we are not weighing donations. Please estimate the number of pounds your donation weighs.
Until further notice, both Fare for All and Twin Cities Mobile Market have suspended normal operations so we can offer safer models for our customers, volunteers, and staff. Food will only be available for purchase through our Fare For All program on a limited basis.
Fare For All is now operating an outdoor, minimal contact, drive-through sale. Instead of daily, these sales will occur just once per week at various locations throughout the state of Minnesota. Find a list of sale locations and menus.
Twin Cities Mobile Market is working directly with each one of our sites to distribute free bags of groceries only to residents of our site partners. More info here.
We are committed to protecting the health of our employees and those we serve, while continuing to provide food for our partners and communities. Only staff essential to our operations will continue to work on-site, building access is restricted to this small group of employees.
We have created new volunteer shifts that are more efficient, and allow us to pack more food, with stricter safety protocols. All volunteers are provided with training and taking extra precautions while handling food. The CDC states that the virus is not spread through food and there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. We are limiting volunteer groups to ten individuals in the warehouse at a time and have set up work areas to be spaced 6 feet apart from one another. We ask that all volunteers who have access to a mask wear one to their shift. All volunteer areas are thoroughly sanitized after each group is finished.
If you need additional food resources, please call the Minnesota Food Help Line at 1-888-711-1151, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or visit www.hungersolutions.org
Do you need someone to talk to? Minnesota Warmline is here to listen. The Warmline provides a safe, anonymous and confidential environment to connect with people who are here to listen…here to help. Open Mon-Sat, 5pm to 10pm. Call 651-288-0400 or text “Support” to 85511.
The Food Group recognizes that discrimination, racism, and injustice are being experienced by people because of this illness, there has especially been an increase in anti-Asian bias. COVID-19 is a human disease and viruses do not discriminate. We are all in this crisis together and The Food Group will do everything in our power to ensure all people feel safe and welcome. The MN Dept of Human Rights established a discrimination hotline for those who experience or witness bias and discrimination to report incidents either online or over the phone. Interpretation services are available.
Thank you for your generosity during this time of heightened need for food in our community. We are seeing a rise in visits to food shelves since the outbreak of the virus and don’t foresee this slowing down any time soon. We are utilizing all monetary donations to purchase emergency meals for families, seniors, and individuals in need. Please call us to make a gift over the phone (763) 450-3860 or visit our website to make a gift online.