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

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


Shobi’s Table From Scratch Online Fundraiser 

Now through December 31, every dollar donated through the From Scratch fundraiser will be matched up to $15k for a total of $30k. An online program for this fundraiser will be held at 7:00 p.m. on November 14. Learn more and watch here.




Volunteering with Shobi’s Table

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.

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.