Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

Incarnation partners with the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, a program of the Mounds View School District located in Mounds View. Volunteers sort food, stock shelves, pick up rescue food at grocery stores, and greet/work with clients. People may donate money or food for the food shelf at any time. To donate food and other household supplies, simply place them in the food shelf bin which is located in the Atrium (near the nursery) any time the Incarnation building is open. To donate financially, write a check to Incarnation with “Ralph Reeder” in the memo or donate online.

2018 Tons of Love: July 1 – 31

Many of our neighbors are hungry and that’s not OK with us.  Let’s fully embrace our mission – Filled by God’s grace, we feed the hungry in heart, body, mind and spirit – and overwhelm our neighbors with Tons of Love during July!

Tons of Love has become an annual food drive for Incarnation. The goal for 2018 is to gather more than five tons of food and supplies for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf provides food and supplies for clients all year long, many of whom are families with school-aged children; summer is particularly challenging time when kids are not in school and the need is high.

Drive Thru Drop Off in the Incarnation Parking Lot

Monday, July 23 – Thursday, July 26 from 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

In order to increase visibility and seek participation from the local community to fill the shelves of Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, there will be a Drive Thru Drop Off the week of July 23.  Encourage your friends and neighbors to shop and then pull into to the Incarnation parking lot to drop off food and supplies–or financial donations–with the curbside volunteers.

Cub Day: Help Fill the Trailer!

Sunday, July 29 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

On Sunday, July 29, Incarnation will again fill a trailer at the Arden Hills Cub Foods on Lexington Avenue with groceries that people from Incarnation and others from the community purchase on that day. There will also be pre-filled bags of groceries for purchase. The trailer will be in the Cub parking lot from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Hot dogs and beverages, graciously donated by Cub Foods, will be available for a $1 donation, which will go to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. Incarnation thanks Cub Foods for their continued generous support of this event.

Support Tons of Love by Volunteering: Sign Up Online

There are many ways to be involved as a volunteer supporting Tons of Love this year:

  • Bring donations from Incarnation to Ralph Reeder each Monday morning in July (with the exception of July 2).
  • Create pre-filled grocery bags that people can purchase on the Cub Foods day.
  • Assist on the Cub Foods day to receive and load the donated groceries in the trailer, hand out flyers within Cub, and to sell hot dogs and water.
  • Staff the Drive Thru Drop Off tent. Shifts are in the morning, midday and afternoon.

Other Special Drives for Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

Throughout the year, Incarnation participates in various additional special drives for Ralph Reeder:

  • Operation Christmas Joy collects and distributes toys and food in December.
  • During March, Incarnation participates in the statewide Minnesota FoodShare Month.

Ralph Reeder Volunteer Opportunities

The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf is always seeking volunteers for the following roles. If interested, complete an online interest form at ralphreederfoodshelf.org or contact Sue Peake at sue.peake@moundsviewschools.org or 651-621-7447.

  • Food rescue driver to pick up donations from a partner grocery store between 9:00 – 10:00 am. You must have a large vehicle and can lift 25 pounds.
  • Volunteer shopper to guide clients through the food shelf as they select groceries for their families.
  • Food sorters to sort and place donations on the shelves.
  • Greeters who welcoming visitors, providing direction and information, and help with donations.

Questions about Ralph Reeder Food Shelf? Contact Becky Benson.