Loaves & Fishes is carefully monitoring developments during the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue working to adjust and respond as needed so we can continue to provide nutritious food to those who need it. Please check this page for the latest updates. For daily updates please call 612-377-9810.

Safety Guidelines for Volunteers and Guests

We are committed to the health and safety of our guests, volunteers, donors, and staff, and are working hard to mitigate the potential spread of the virus. 

The steps we are taking include:

Continuing to follow our best ServSafe practices (national food safety standards)

Asking those who are ill to not attend.

Social distancing for guests and volunteers who do attend the meals.

Refraining from shaking hands or hugging to greet others.

Asking volunteers to bring hand sanitizer when serving food to guests.

All our meals for guests are take-away only.

Mask Policy: Following state guidelines, all Loaves and Fishes volunteers are required to wear a mask throughout the entirety of their shift. If you have a mask, please bring it. If not, we will provide one. We will continue to provide gloves and aprons. If you don’t have a hat, we will supply a hairnet.

Minnesota Central Kitchen

Even among the most uncertain of times, there is hope. We are proud to partner with Second Harvest Heartland, ChowGirls Killer Catering, and other restaurants to create the Minnesota Central Kitchen. Through the MealConnect network, our food rescue partners provide the food, Chowgirls uses their kitchen and chefs to cook, and Loaves & Fishes distributes the prepared meals in to-go containers  across our 37 dining sites. We are grateful to be in partnership with such caring individuals and organizations who step up in times of need to lend a hand to our community.

Press Releases

D’Amico Catering and Loaves & Fishes Now Partner to Provide Free Fresh Food for Healthy Meals to Families During the Coronavirus Crisis (April 28, 2020)

Loaves & Fishes, YMCA and United Health Group Form Partnership to Feed Families During Coronavirus Crisis (April 13, 2020)

Minnesota’s Largest Free Restaurant Remains Open (March 17, 2020)

Loaves and Fishes Will Continue to Serve (March 16, 2020)


The secret to Loaves & Fishes’ ability to feed people in need has always been our volunteers.  YOU are needed now more than ever as the demand for healthy meals rises.  If you are or someone you know is interested in joining us, consider signing up.  You can go to our volunteer page to sign up.  Be sure to check our Facebook page and on Twitter for immediate needs.  Finally, you can also sign up to be a reserve volunteer.  This volunteer doesn’t sign up for specific shifts but lets us know you are available on a certain day wherever help is needed.

We thank all those who give of their time to serve their community, especially right now.

Daily Volunteer Needs

Our volunteer needs change daily. Find out what dining site is in need of volunteers by looking below or by going to the Volunteer page.

Use the buttons below to sign up to volunteer at our dining sites or to become a reserve volunteer.


The demand for fresh and healthy meals has grown in light of the pandemic. We serve more meals per day than did even a month ago.  Switching from a dine-in format to a to-go format brings additional costs.  Your gifts will allow us to meet the growing demand and provide hope to those in need.

Thanks so much for your generosity and for your belief that no one should go hungry.