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.

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

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

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

Donate or Volunteer

During this time, you can support our work to keep our community healthy and well-fed by making a donation or volunteering. As we prepare to respond to an increased need in the following weeks, your support is vital.

If you would like to volunteer, please click here. Look below for the latest volunteer needs.

Volunteer Update for April 2, 2020

If you would like to make an online donation, please click here.