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).

Minnesota FoodShare,  March  1 – April  11

Minnesota FoodShare, the largest grassroots food and fund drive brings together various community organizations, businesses, and faith communities to help restock food shelves statewide, including the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. You’re invited to make financial donations on behalf of the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf through Incarnation’s online giving site, by writing a check to Incarnation with “food shelf” in the memo or by donating directly to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf any time March 1 – April 11. In doing so, our efforts will help provide food for the over 2000 children, adults and seniors who use the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf each month. 

Incarnation is currently not collecting physical food, cleaning or hygiene items for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf; however, if you wish to donate physical items, you may drop them off directly at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf  2544 Mounds View Blvd., any weekday Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Donation bins are located in the rear of the food shelf building. Here is a list of the most needed physical items.

Please do not leave any physical donations outside or within the Incarnation building. Thank you.  

Serving at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf During COVID-19 (updated 1/11/21)

Currently, very few service opportunities are available through the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf due to the pandemic. If you are interested in volunteering, review the safety guidelines below and complete the volunteer interest form found here. When there are volunteer opportunities available, you will be contacted with more information and instructions.

COVID-19 Volunteer Safety Guidelines: All volunteers are required to adhere to the following guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone:

  • If you are not feeling well  (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, etc), please stay home and seek medical treatment.
  • If you recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19, you’re asked to wait 14 days since exposure to volunteer.
  • Per CDC guidelines, it’s recommended that volunteers 65 years and older be extra diligent about staying home during the pandemic, but it’s trusted that people will make the decision that is best for them.
  • If you have traveled on an airplane within the last 14 days, you’re asked to wait 14 days to volunteer.
  • If you have been in a group of 10 or more people indoors, you’re asked to wait 14 days to volunteer.
  • When you arrive to volunteer you will be asked to wear a disposable or cloth mask and maintain 6 feet social distance at all times. (You may wear your own mask. The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf also has disposable masks, gloves and hand sanitizer).
  • Please arrive at your assigned time and no earlier. Please leave promptly when your shift has finished.

 What Will Your Financial Donation Buy?

Through suppliers that the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf utilizes, as much as 10 lbs. of certain items can be purchased for just a dollar. Other items might be closer to 30 lbs. for $10. What else might your money buy? 

 

 

 

  • $25 provides a holiday meal for a family of four with all the fixings. 
  • $40 feeds a family of four for a week.
  • $50 provides one student with a backpack and supplies to start the school year off right.
  • $75 ensures three children receive holiday gifts and stocking stuffers.
  • $100 sponsors a food insecure student with weekend snackpacks for each week of the school year.
  • $200 purchases a pallet of fresh produce.
  • $250 would provide a week’s worth of milk for 150 families.
  • $500 feeds 20 families for a week.
  • $750 provides hygiene and cleaning supplies for 125 families.
  • $1000 provides meat boxes for 150 families. 

2020 Tons of Love: $53,500 Raised!

Since 2013, Incarnation has engaged in an important summer campaign for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf called Tons of Love, and 2020 will be no exception! Tons of Love has always been Incarnation’s loving response to the weighty issue of summer hunger in our community, and now more people are hungry due to COVID-19. 

A modest goal of raising $15,000 was set for this year’s Tons of Love financial campaign and donations you made from June 1 through July 31 reached an astounding total of $53,500 by well over 200 donors! Well done, faithful community; thank you for your generosity which will alleviate suffering for those who struggle with food insecurity! Imagine how many of God’s children in our area were  fed with your gifts!

“Unbelievable response and generosity by so many people. We can’t thank you enough for your long term commitment to our mission and your trust in our process which allows us to continue to flex, pivot  and most importantly, prepare to meet the ever changing needs and demographics in our neighborhoods, schools and cities. We appreciate all of you who worked so hard to create this unique virtual drive during the covid epidemic…Congrats on a VERY successful Tons of Love 2020 fundraiser!” – Lisa Baker, Basic Needs Manager of the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

Food Distribution During COVID-19

The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf provides food and household supplies for clients all year long, many of whom are families with school-aged children. With the arrival of COVID–19, the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf is serving an average of 180 households/week, up 35% from pre-COVID-19 conditions, and 54% of the total people served are children. A no-touch system is being used as clients are given a collection of food and household products vs. a previous model of “shopping” for items. 

Based on the higher number of critical needs they see many of their clients, clients may now visit the food shelf more than once a month. Additionally the food shelf is delivering food to over 200 households each month including homebound seniors, sick and at-risk individuals, families in quarantine, and families without transportation. Meeting the needs of their current clients, while being ready to serve record numbers of new families who have never used the food shelf before (nearly 700 since the pandemic started) takes time, donations and planning.

Other Special Donation Opportunities for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

When COVID-19 is not a concern, 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).

And also when COVID-19 is not a concern, if you’re a Thrivent member, apply for a Thrivent Action Team grant of $250, gather some friends or family members together, and use your Action Team money to purchase some of the above items as a part of a team service project effort!

Questions about Incarnation’s partnership with the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf? Contact Becky Benson.

 

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