Incarnation partners with the Ralph Reeder Foodshelf, which serves residents in the Mounds View School District. Volunteers sort food and stock shelves at the New Brighton facility. People can donate money or food for the foodshelf at any time. To donate food and other household supplies, simply place them in the foodshelf bin which is located in the Atrium (near the nursery). Throughout the year, Incarnation has various special drives for the foodshelf:
- Operation Christmas Joy collects and distributes toys and food in December.
- During March, Incarnation participates in the statewide Minnesota Foodshare Month.
- During July, Incarnation holds the Tons of Love Summer Food Drive. The goal is to gather several thousand pounds of food and household goods to restock food shelf supplies during a time when stock is dwindling and demand is high.
Tons of Love!
Tons of Love = Tons for food for our Neighbors! In 2015 the Incarnation Faith Community fed their neighbors by bringing 11.830 pounds of food and $12,230 for Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. More than 8,000 pounds of that food was collected during Incarnation’s July Tons of Love project. Your generosity was an amazing blessing to those families in this community who may often be hungry.
Tons of Love is back this July and once again the big red trailer will be parked outside of Cub Foods on Lexington Ave on Sunday, July 24, when you and your family will have the opportunity to shop and then drop off your donations for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. Last year, more than 2 tons of food were donated in five hours. Let’s see if we can beat that record between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on July 24!
As those of you who have volunteered in the past know, it’s really fun to spend a few hours volunteering by greeting shoppers, selling hot dogs and pop (all proceeds go to the Food Shelf), or adding up the pounds of food as it is donated. If you would like to volunteer for a shift, you can sign up in the Incarnation office after July 1.
To volunteer at Cub on Sunday, July 24, click here.
Incarnation will be present at this year’s Slice of Shoreview Days! At Incarnation’s booth in Carnival Row, we will accept donations of non-perishable food items and cash for Tons of Love in exchange for bottles of water. Those at the booth will also share information about The Great Incarnation Fall Get Together, September 11 and Incarnation’s Feed My Starving Children 2017 MobilePack Event. Incarnation’s Children, Youth, and Family staff will prepare activities to give to families as aides in discussing issues of hunger, something Incarnation has demonstrated deep care for. Bring your friends, co-workers, neighbors, and family to the Incarnation booth anytime Friday, July 22 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Saturday, July 23 from 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. or Sunday, July 24 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Incarnation will also have a presence in the Slice of Shoreview Days Parade the morning of July 23! Those in the parade from Incarnation will hand out beach balls to kids who attend the parade.
Your help is needed and would be greatly appreciated during this weekend! To volunteer at the Incarnation booth or to march with others from Incarnation in the parade during Slice of Shoreview Days, July 22 – 24, click here.
Questions about Ralph Reeder Foodshelf? Contact Pastor Lynda Thompson.