Hunger Ministries

Over 900 million people go hungry on any given day. More than 16,000 children die each day from hunger related causes, that’s one child every five seconds! In the United States, one of every six people does not have enough food. THAT IS NOT OKAY! 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 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 community:

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a program that delivers meals to seniors who are living independently. Based out of a location at 3490 Lexington Ave. N in Shoreview and serving the Mounds View area, Incarnation is responsible for one Meals on Wheels route on Fridays beginning at 10:45 a.m. This is a fun, low time commitment opportunity to do with a friend, as a family, or on your own. To volunteer, contact Becky Benson.

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. What goes into a Blessing Bag? Start with a jumbo Ziploc bag with sliding closure or a mesh bag with a zipper, and add the items listed below.

Upon assembly of the bags, place your hands on them, read this scripture, and pray over the bags:

“Then the king will say . . ., ‘My father has blessed you! . . . When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me, and when I was naked, you gave me clothes to wear. When I was sick, you took care of me, and when I was in jail, you visited me.’ . . . ‘Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me.’” ~ Matthew 25:34-36, 40

Lord Jesus, you taught your disciples that whenever they fed the hungry, gave water to the thirsty, welcomed the stranger, clothed the naked, took care of the sick, visited those who were in prison, that they were ultimately doing these acts of ministry to you. You are fully present in the lives of those who are in need. Heavenly Father, we lift up to you the person who will be receiving this bag. To us they are a stranger, but to You they are Your beloved child. May this small expression of love, grow into a new opportunity for them to find what they are most in need of. Holy Spirit, bless them and keep them safe. Amen.

Share the blessing of resources to those you may encounter while driving around or drop them off at the Incarnation Office so they can be shared with other faith communities who distribute Blessing Bags. For questions, contact Becky Benson.

  • Full size deodorant (men’s or women’s)
  • Lip balm
  • A full size bar of soap & wash cloth
  • A toothbrush & full size tube of toothpaste
  • One or two bottles of water
  • Feminine hygiene pads (for women’s bag)
  • Disposable razor
  • One or two granola or fiber bars
  • Beef jerky or beef sticks
  • Small hand sanitizer
  • Travel Kleenex
  • A pair of tube socks
  • A lunch size container of applesauce or fruit
  • Hat & gloves (seasonal)
  • $5 gift card for Subway or McDonald’s

Hunger Awareness and Advocacy Group

When: Once/month on Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., September – May.

Learn and talk about a variety of issues related to hunger, in a group with others who share a common concern for those struggle with food insecurity. The group gets together to study hunger issues, locally, nationally, and internationally, to learn about and visit organizations addressing hunger, and take part in advocacy efforts, such as letter-writing. This is an on-going group that is looking to welcome new people. Contact: Vernita Kennen at dvkennen@aol.com.

Questions about Hunger Ministries? Contact Becky Benson.