Friends of the Hungry.
Five days a week, 52 weeks a year, a group of passionate and dedicated volunteers gather at Knox Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. The 'Make Ready' team of volunteers work to prepare meals and gather supplies (gloves, socks, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.) all to be loaded on a big shiny food truck parked in the adjacent lot. Next arrives the 'Truck Team' eager to deliver the food and basic supplies to hungry community members all over the metro. We provide assistance to those in need but also work to empower communities into a lifestyle of service.
We serve children and adults living in poverty some of whom are homeless. Last year we served over 38,000 meals or about 3,200 a month on average. We also provide toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, soap and hand lotion. In the winter, warm socks and gloves are important. Our truck is out five days a week at 18 locations in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, South Saint Paul, Richfield, and Bloomington.
We are a motivated group of 300 volunteers comprised primarily of parishioners from St. Joan of Arc Parish and Knox Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. We have no paid staff. Every dime goes to support our work. Our amazing volunteers work every day to feed the hungry. We also rely on the generous donations of our fellow community members and local business. We team with Heartland and other charitable partners.
Our budget for 2018 is a mere $70,000. This does not include the generous donations of food and supplies from our volunteers, stakeholders, parishioners and community partners. We spend almost all of our limited cash on food and a marginal amount on other supplies, truck maintenance, insurance, etc. We are able to provide a warm nutritious meal for about $2.15 per meal!
Our neighbors in need are counting on us to help them with a warm meal, toiletries, and warm socks and mittens in the winter. Please donate to MLTC and join us, as a friend of the hungry.