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!
When summer is here and school isn’t in session, food shelf usage goes way up!
Tons of Love will return this July as Incarnation hopes to collect over two tons of food and school supplies for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelves between July 5 and August 2. Bring the suggested food items each week and drop them in the Ralph Reeder collection box in the Atrium.
AND, this year, the entire local community is invited to join us! Share this opportunity with your friends, neighbors, and local family so that Tons of Love may be shared with those in our community at a time when it’s greatly needed.
On Sunday, July 26, stop at Cub Foods, 3717 Lexington Avenue in Arden Hills, and buy groceries to fill up the Incarnation trailer which will be in the Cub parking lot until 2:00 p.m. Like last year, let’s overwhelm our hungry neighbors with Tons of Love this year.
The Sunday Themes Are:
July 5: Lunch Time – peanut butter, jelly, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, tuna, canned chicken, granola bars, cereal bars, 100% juice boxes, canned fruit, pudding cups, crackers, macaroni and cheese, 100% apple juice.
July 12: Household Items – laundry detergent, toothpaste, deodorant, bar soap, shaving cream, disposable razors, feminine products, shampoo, dish detergent, dishwater detergent, toilet bowl cleaner, toilet paper, sunscreen, kid friendly bug spray.
July 19: 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 26: 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, other healthy snacks.
August 2: School Supplies – larger sized backpacks, sturdy pocket folders in solid colors, 3-subject notebooks, spiral wide lined notebooks, glue sticks.
The top 15 most needed items are canned fruit cocktail, canned peaches, canned pineapple, canned green beans, canned peas, snacks (popcorn, nuts, crackers, granola bars), baked beans, spaghetti sauce, tuna/hamburger helper, chili, canned meat pasta (spaghettios with meatballs, raviolios, etc.), mashed potatoes, rice (any kind), laundry detergent, and toilet paper.
Please note that you are welcome to bring in any item at any time during the food drive.
Questions about Ralph Reeder Foodshelf? Contact Pastor Lynda Thompson.