Hunger Ministries

Over 795 million people go hungry on any given day worldwide. In the United States, where there is poverty, hunger is there also. The people of Incarnation believe that it is important to address hunger issues on a variety of fronts – tending to the immediate need of providing food and resources for people in crisis as well as working to address the root causes of hunger. Incarnation partners formally and informally with organizations locally, nationally and globally to make that happen.

Incarnation’s has formal ministry partnerships with the following hunger agencies:

Ralph Reeder Food Shelf
Feed My Starving Children

In addition, Incarnation invites participation with the opportunities listed below to help alleviate hunger in the local and wider community:

Shobi’s Table Service Opportunities

Shobi’s Table , a pay-as-you-can food cafe and ministry of the St Paul Area Synod, prepares midday meals and serves at three St Paul locations each week. Under the direction of Shobi’s Table staff, meals are prepared each week by volunteers.

In this time where COVID-19 safety protocols need to be in place, every perspective volunteer is asked to consider his/her own health as well as those at their homes before volunteering.  If you have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 or any other infectious disease, are immuno-compromised, or have a higher chance of contracting the illness and have not been vaccinated, please stay home.  

Kitchen Volunteers may serve any weekday Monday through Friday and at various shift times, to work on prep tasks, dishes, and getting meals ready to serve on the truck. Meals are served on Tuesdays at Christ on Capitol Hill, Thursdays at Faith Lutheran on Charles Avenue and Fridays at Bethlehem in the Midway on Roy St. If you have already received training to be a kitchen volunteer, sign up for shifts to serve here.

Kitchen Volunteer Training: All kitchen and dish team volunteers are required to receive training in the Shobi’s Table commercial kitchen space prior to volunteering. Training is currently scheduled on Mondays or Tuesdays at Christ on Capitol Hill. Sign up for Kitchen Volunteer Training by contacting kitchen manager, Daniele Maeder . All volunteers are asked to bring their own protective masks and will be required to wear them at all times. Shobi’s Table will provide gloves. 

Youth 12 – 18 years old are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult chaperone (one adult chaperone is sufficient for two youth, where the adult is counted as a volunteer.)

Food Truck Host Volunteers extend hospitality to those who come to the truck for lunch which might include handing out flyers, serving coffee and water, helping bag up meals, or chatting with folks who come by.  If you’ve got time afterward, you could help with dishes. Sign up for shifts here.

Learn more about serving with Shobi’s Table from Incarnation’s own, Rich and Julie Omland!

For questions about volunteering? Email Shobi’s Table Volunteer Coordinator. Would you like to support Shobi’s Table but can’t volunteer? Consider a financial donation.

Meals on Wheels Service Opportunities

Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers meals to those who are physically challenged or are unable to prepare their own meals, but are living independently in the Mounds View area.

  • Incarnation’s regular route has resumed. To volunteer with Incarnation’s route, contact Becky Benson.
  • Substitute drivers in the Shoreview and Mounds View area are still needed. Meals on Wheels has made provisions for drivers and recipients to be completely separate from one another and appropriate physical distancing guidelines are being followed. Sign up as a substitute driver here.
  • Paper grocery bags with handles are in need by the Mounds View District Meals on Wheels service center. 65 bags are needed each week for meals driven to clients. If you have bags to donate, bring them to the Mounds View District Meals on Wheels service center at 3490 Leaxington Ave, Shoreview. If you want help getting your bags to the service center, contact Becky Benson.
  • Connect with Meals on Wheels clients who live alone via “check in” calls to see how they are doing and assure them they are not forgotten. Orientation and questions to use for these calls will be provided. Email Jeanne Szurek or call at 651-621-7950 if interested.

Blessing Bags

A Blessing Bag is a large bag full of items which are useful to those who might be experiencing homelessness or are struggling, and you encounter on the street. Learn more about Incarnation’s Blessing Bag ministry. For questions, contact Becky Benson.

Hunger Awareness and Advocacy Ministry

This ministry assists those in learning and talking about a variety of issues related to hunger and those struggle with food insecurity. Various opportunities are offered which help the community learn about hunger issues, locally, nationally, and internationally, visit organizations addressing hunger, and take part in advocacy efforts, such as letter-writing. Learn more about Incarnation’s Hunger Awareness and Advocacy Ministry. For questions, contact Vernita Kennen.

Questions about Hunger Ministries? Contact Becky Benson.