Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit organization serving free, healthy meals to Minnesotans where the need is greatest. We serve urban, suburban and rural communities through a variety of meal programs supported by creative food sourcing, our own farm and gardens and food rescue efforts. Our meal program began in 1982, with one dining site each in Minneapolis and St. Paul. We now serve 133 outlets in 12 counties. Loaves & Fishes Minnesota is not a religious organization. We serve without regard to religious perspective and do not engage in activities that promote any particular religious cause.
Closing the Gap of Unmet Need
We provide thousands of healthy meals daily and are the largest free meal program in Minnesota. Our meals elevate the overall health and well-being of Minnesotans while also providing comfort and building strong communities. We feature farm-to-table dining with produce grown at our own local farm and gardens. We rescue food innovatively. We also strategically grow programming in areas of greatest need.
Alleviates food insecurity and hunger
Relieves the stress of poverty, financial insecurity and homelessness
Brings fresh produce to food deserts
Lessens the effects of hunger on student achievement
Offers social service resources to an aging population
Eases loneliness and isolation
Instills healthy eating habits
Fights food-related physical and mental health conditions
Reduces wasted food going to landfills