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). 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 items 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.

2019 Tons of Love: June 30 – August 4

Since 2013, Incarnation has engaged in an important summer ingathering for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf called Tons of Love. This year’s Tons of Love goal is to gather more than five tons of food and supplies!

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 a particularly challenging time when kids are not in school and the need is high. Click here for the suggested items to donate each week. Drop your donations in the Ralph Reeder bin any time the Incarnation building is open. Note that Ralph Reeder can only accept donations within the “best used by” dates.

Also new this year, take a tour of the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf and learn how it serves its clients, July 11, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. or Tuesday, July 23, 6:30 – 7:00 pm. Preregistration is required; limit 12 per tour. Sign up here.

Cub Foods Day, July 21

On Sunday, July 21 we’ll strive as a community to fill a trailer parked at the Arden Hills Cub Foods on Lexington Avenue with groceries that people from Incarnation and others from the community purchase on that day.

Pre-filled bags of groceries for $5 or $10 will be available for purchase that day. The trailer will be in the Cub parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Hot dogs and beverages, graciously donated by Cub Foods, will be available for purchase  and proceeds will go to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. Incarnation thanks Cub Foods for their ongoing partnership and generous support of this event.

Drive Thru Drop Off, July 22 – 25

Also returning this year is the Drive Thru Drop Off in Incarnation’s parking lot July 22 – 25. This is a great opportunity to include the local community in our endeavor to fill the shelves of the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf with food and supplies, and/or make a financial donation. A staffed tent with volunteers will be set up in front of Incarnation so that those driving by may easily drop off food donations.

Volunteer for Tons of Love

There are several ways to volunteer in support of 2019 Tons of Love while also building community:

  • Bring donations from Incarnation to Ralph Reeder the mornings of July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5.
  • Create pre-filled grocery bags on the mornings of July 15 or 17 that people can purchase on the Cub Foods day, July 21.
  • Assist on the Cub Foods day, July 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 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 outside Incarnation July 22 – 25. Shifts are in the morning, midday and afternoon.

Many of our neighbors are in need of these resources. 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!

Other Special Donation Opportunities for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

Throughout the year, there are 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).

Other Ways to Support the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

You can support the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf in a variety of ways throughout the year, including the ways listed below. If interested in volunteering, complete an online interest form or email Sue Peake or call at 651-621-7447.

  • Volunteer to be a 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 to be an assistant shopper to guide clients through the food shelf as they select groceries for their families.
  • Volunteer to sort and place donations on the shelves.
  • Volunteer to be a greeter welcoming visitors, providing direction and information, and helping with donations.
  • Make a monetary donation to Ralph Reeder through Incarnation’s secured site.

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