Community Meals is Hennepin’s hunger and hospitality program. For over 26 years, Hennepin has been part of a downtown church consortium committed to providing a hot meal on Sunday evenings to low income and homeless people. Hennepin’s program is open on the first and fifth Sundays of the month only.
50-60 volunteers welcome 225-450 guests to a delicious dinner. In addition to dinner, guests may also visit our “Giveaway Shelf” and receive free shelf-stable pantry items, toiletries, socks and underwear.
On the first Sunday of the month, University of Minnesota veterinary students provide free vaccines and preventatives for guest’s pets. This is done through a student organization called VeTouch. The VeTouch group does not offer clinics on the fifth Sunday of the month when we are serving our meal. For more information about appointments, services, and what’s required you can email them at vetouch.umn.edu.
Volunteers of all ages and abilities find fun, fulfilling work at the Community Meal. It’s a true ministry of joy and welcome. As a parent you can be a role model for your kids. Or, it’s a great way to volunteer with a group of friends or meet a whole new group of terrific people.
You don’t need to be a church member to volunteer. All are welcome. You can work one meal a year or more. Time commitment is a minimum of 2 hours per meal.
No matter what role you choose, training is provided on the day of the event!
A sampling of jobs includes:
- Waiter (we have table service)
- Beverage server (a great job for young children)
- Kitchen server
- Cook (requires more than the 2 hour time commitment)
- Giveaway Shelf worker
- Entertainer (pianist, singer, or whatever moves you!)
If being present at the meal does not interest you, please consider supporting this important hunger outreach with your prayers and donations. To volunteer, you can either call 612-871-5303 and ask for the Community Meals voice mail or click on the volunteer button to sign up.
Sign Up to Volunteer
To learn more about the impact Community Meals has made, please watch this special video.
VeTouch – Free Veterinary Clinic during Community Meals
Want to learn about the partnership we have with the University of MN Veterinary School? Click here to read about the VeTouch program we host on the first Sunday of every month, to coincide with Community Meals!