Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

Incarnation partners with the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, a program of the Mounds View School District located in the Silver View Plaza Mall at 2544 Mounds View Blvd. (formerly County Highway 10) in Mounds View, MN 55112 (651-621-6280).

2022 Tons of Love Campaign For Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

For numerous years, Incarnation has engaged in an important summer campaign for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf called Tons of Love.  This has always served as one of the ways Incarnation responds to the weighty issue of summer food insecurity.

While weighing your summer priorities, we pray you will consider supporting the Tons of Love campaign:

  1. with an online financial gift and choose “Ralph Reeder Food Shelf” as the Fund,
  2. by writing a check to Incarnation with “Tons of Love” in the memo,
  3. by purchasing a bag of non-perishable food or household items from your favorite store,
  4. by purchasing (anytime) from the list below of suggested weekly donation focuses of needed items which the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf has a difficult time sourcing at a discount, or
  5. by volunteering to help make the campaign successful through some service opportunities during Tons of Love (see below for sign-up).

Suggested Weekly Donation Focuses:

Week 1 – Summer Essentials – ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, bbq sauce, grill seasoning, sunscreen, Kid-friendly bug spray, bandaids, triple antibiotic ointment

Week 2: Snack Time – Granola bars, fruit snacks, Graham Crackers, fish/cheez-it crackers, pudding, triscuits, wheat thins, saltines, pudding/nuts

Week 3: Lunch is Served – Macaroni and cheese (boxes and microwaveable cups), canned chili, canned soups, canned stew, ramen, tuna, canned chicken, Spaghettios/Raviolios, Meals in a Can

Week 4: Squeaky Clean Bag – Laundry Detergent, Dish Soap, Bar soap/Body Wash, Dishwasher Soap, All Purpose Cleaner, Powdered Cleanser, Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels

Week 5:  Breakfast First – Cold Cereal, Hot cereal, Juice (no glass), pancake mix, pancake syrup, cereal bars, breakfast bars

Bring your donations to Incarnation from July 1 – August 1, any time the building is open.

Remember that your financial donation is very powerful. Stretch your financial gifts and let Ralph Reeder Food Shelf purchase what they need, when then need it / often at discounted prices.  Every dollar counts!!

Service Opportunities During Tons of Love 2022 Campaign

Check out the various volunteer opportunities this year – transport donations, collect items at “Food For All” event, hang out at “Drive By Drop-off”. Learn more and sign up here.

Tons of Love is one way we live into our calling as we respond to the larger world, where food insecurity assistance is needed even more than ever in these days. Our mission:

Filled by God’s grace, we feed the hungry in heart, body, mind and spirit.

Be a part of getting the most food and household items possible into the homes of as many of our neighbors as possible who especially need it this summer!

Service Opportunities at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

Ralph Reeder Food is welcoming back volunteers! If you are interested in serving at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, complete the volunteer interest form found here. When there are service opportunities are available, you will be contacted with more information and instructions. Necessary COVID-19 volunteer safety guidelines will be outlined by the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf staff before you volunteer. Volunteer opportunities typically include food rescue from grocery stories, stocking shelves and bags for clients and driving food to homebound clients.

Other Special Donation Opportunities for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

There are typically a variety of special drives and giving opportunities in support of the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf including:

  • Holiday Food collections for Thanksgiving and Christmas in November and December.
  • Operation Christmas Joy collecting and distributing toys in December.
  • Statewide Minnesota FoodShare Month in March, which includes matching dollars.
  • Birthday Bags: cake mix, frosting, candles, paper plates/napkins/cups, decorations and a small toy or treat, all placed within a small gift bag (all year round).

Questions about Incarnation’s partnership with the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf? Contact Julie Durbin in our front office.

 

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