Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

Incarnation partners with the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, 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 food shelf at any time. To donate food and other household supplies, simply place them in the food shelf bin which is located in the Atrium (near the nursery).  Throughout the year, Incarnation has various special drives for the food shelf:

  • 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.

2017 Tons of Love

Tons of Love returns this July with the goal of gathering more than four tons of food and supplies for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, July 2 -30.  The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf provides for families all year long and summer is particularly challenging when kids are not in school and the need is high. Drop your donations in the Ralph Reeder bin any time the Incarnation building is open.

Weekly Focus:

JULY 2: “Lunch Time” peanut butter, grape jelly, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, tuna, canned chicken, granola bars, cereal bars, 100% juice, canned fruit, pudding cups, crackers, macaroni and cheese.

JULY 9: Household Laundry, Cleaning and Toiletry items: laundry detergent, toilet paper, toothpaste, deodorant, bar soap, shaving cream, disposable razors, feminine products, shampoo, dish detergent, dishwasher detergent, sunscreen, kid friendly bug spray, diapers and baby wipes.

JULY 16: Canned Goods and Staples: canned fruit, canned vegetables, soups, chili, stew, canned tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, spaghettios/raviolios, pasta meals, macaroni and cheese, beans of various kinds (canned and dry), rice, Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, mashed potato flakes, spaghetti noodles, stuffing mix, sugar, flour, cooking oil.

JULY 23: Breakfast and Snack items: sweet and non-sweet cereal, oatmeal, cereal bars, pancake mix and syrup, granola bars, fruit bars, fruit snacks, cookies, popcorn, nuts, cheese and peanut butter crackers, graham crackers, saltine crackers, goldfish crackers, trail mix and other healthy snacks.

JULY 30: Weekend Backpack/Snackpack Items for School Children:  Macaroni and Cheese Microwavable Cups, Microwavable canned ravioli/spaghettios, 100% juice boxes, granola bars, single serve cold cereal, breakfast bars or biscuits, pudding cups.

Sunday, July 23 Incarnation will again fill a trailer at the Arden Hills Cub Foods on Lexington Avenue with groceries that people from Incarnation and others from the community purchase on that day. There will also be pre-filled bags of groceries for purchase. The trailer will be in the Cub parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Hot dogs and water, donated by Cub Foods, will be available for a $1 donation, which will go to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. Incarnation thanks Cub Foods for their generous support of this event.

There is a need for volunteers to create pre-filled grocery bags on July 10 and 11; volunteers are also needed on July 23 to receive and load the donated groceries in the trailer, to hand out flyers inside Cub, and to sell hot dogs and water. Click here to register to help!

Many of our neighbors are hungry and that’s not OK with us.  Let’s overwhelm them with Tons of Love this July!

Ralph Reeder Greeters

The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf is in need of greeters. Openings are available Monday – Friday daytime hours, two hours at a time, and Ralph Reeder is seeking people who can commit to a two hour shift/week, ongoing. Greeters are responsible for welcoming visitors, providing direction and information,  and helping with donations. If interested, contact sue.peake@moundsviewschools.org.

Ralph Reeder Food Sorting

Sort donations at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. If interested, contact Becky Benson.

Questions about Ralph Reeder Food Shelf? Contact Becky Benson.