Volunteer with Team Loaves & Fishes!

You are invited to join our mission. We need YOU to help cook and serve meals at our community meal site locations across the metro area and greater Minnesota.

Individuals: See the unique volunteer or community meal site opportunities below to sign up through our online platform Signup Genius.

Groups/Teams: There are 2 ways to sign up. You may sign up on your own through our links below and our online platform Signup Genius. For a more personalized approach to finding the right fit, contact the Director of Volunteers and Outreach at volunteer@loavesandfishesmn.org.

Featured – Weekly Volunteer Needs

Our volunteer needs change daily. Find out what community meal site is in need of volunteers by going to our Weekly Volunteer Needs page. Click on the button below to see which community meal sites are looking for volunteers this week.

Unique Volunteer Opportunities

Commissary Kitchen

Assist our chefs by preparing and packaging food and meals to be distributed at our various meal sites. On Fridays, these shifts may also include cleaning and sanitizing all kitchen equipment and workstations. The full commercial kitchen is used by Loaves & Fishes staff to cook large quantities of rescued food. Entrees created at the kitchen are then reheated and distributed at community meal sites across the Twin Cities. This opportunity can accommodate individuals, small groups, and large teams. Click on the link below and sign up!

Reserve Volunteer:

Sign up to be a reserve volunteer.  This volunteer does not sign up for a specific shift but lets us know you are available wherever help is needed. If you would like to become a reserve volunteer, click on the link below and sign up!

Volunteer at a Community Meal Site

Cooking volunteers assist with cooking a pre-planned meal under the guidance of the site coordinator and help package meals for distribution. Our Serving volunteers continue to package and distribute meals, clean up during and after serving, and do dishes throughout the serving period. Click a meal site of interest below to use SignUp Genius to see available volunteer dates and to enroll online.

MINNEAPOLIS (HENNEPIN COUNTY)

Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Monday – Thursday
Great is Thy Faithfulness (Former New Bethel)
Monday – Friday
Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church
Wednesday
Peace House Community 
Monday – Friday
Salvation Army North (Parkview)
Monday – Friday (Lunch)
Salvation Army Temple Corp
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (Lunch)

ST. PAUL (RAMSEY COUNTY)

Faith United Methodist Church – W. St. Paul
3rd Wednesday of the month
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Wednesday
St. Matthew’s Catholic Church
Monday – Friday

BLOOMINGTON (HENNEPIN COUNTY)

Christ the King Lutheran Church
Monday – Friday

BROOKLYN CENTER (HENNEPIN COUNTY)

Brooklyn United Methodist Church
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (Lunch)

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS (ANOKA COUNTY)

Community United Methodist Church
2nd and 4th Monday of the month

CRYSTAL (HENNEPIN COUNTY)

Brunswick United Methodist Church
Wednesday

EAGAN (DAKOTA COUNTY)

Easter Lutheran (Easter by the Lake)
Monday – Thursday

FARMINGTON (DAKOTA COUNTY)

Faith United Methodist Church – Farmington
Wednesday

Hopkins (HENNEPIN COUNTY)

St. Gabriel Catholic Church (St. Joseph Campus)
Saturday – Tuesday

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS (DAKOTA COUNTY)

River Heights Vineyard Church
Monday – Thursday

PLYMOUTH (HENNEPIN COUNTY)

Mount Olivet Lutheran Church – Plymouth
Monday
Plymouth Covenant Church
Saturday

RICHFIELD (HENNEPIN COUNTY)

Hope Presbyterian Church
Monday – Friday
Woodlake Lutheran Church
Saturday and Sunday

SHAKOPEE (SCOTT COUNTY)

St. John’s Lutheran Church
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

Greater Minnesota Locations

AITKIN (AITKIN COUNTY)

First Lutheran Church
Monday, Tuesday (senior luncheon), and Thursday

MARSHALL (LYON COUNTY)

Esther’s Kitchen (Christ United Presbyterian Church)
Monday – Friday

Contact:

Contact the Director of Volunteers & Outreach at volunteer@loavesandfishesmn.org for more information or with questions.

Youth Participation Guidelines

We appreciate and support youth involvement in community service. Our youth participation guidelines help provide a safe and efficient work environment while maintaining the dignity of our guests. The following age breakdowns are suggested best practices. However, because each community meal site is different, Site Coordinators may make exceptions at their discretion and with parental input and permission.

Youth 16 years of age and older can help in all areas of the community meal sites.

Volunteers age 15 and younger may handle cold food.

Youth age 13 to 15 must have one adult to every five youth for supervision purposes.

Youth age 12 and under need to have direct one-on-one supervision. It is suggested that children under the age of 8 do not attend unless prior arrangements are made with the community meal site’s coordinator.

Testimonial: “This Experience is a Gift!”

“I initially came to Holy Rosary for Loaves & Fishes to serve with a Honeywell work group. What I did not realize was how powerful the experience would be! As guest after guest passed, with big smiles, many with sadness in their eyes, thanking us for serving them….by the end of the first night I felt as though I should be thanking them for the amazing feelings that washed over me. For this reason, my daughter and I have been back twice more and will be back many more times, and with the rest of our family, too. This experience is a gift!” -Katrina

Community Meal Site Interactive Map

To find a community meal site near you, type your address or ZIP code into the search bar below. From there you will be able to locate our sites closest to you with days open, meal times, and directions.

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