A project of Pillsbury United Communities
Provides high-quality, nutritional food in economically-challenged areas of south Minneapolis.
The July Open Your Heart Challenge is a way to inspire donations during the month of July, which will then be partially matched.
About Pillsbury Food Shelves
Access to fresh produce, familiar foods and quality meats is something that many of us take for granted. For thousands of Minnesotans who live on limited incomes due to job loss, downsizing, or being among the working poor, it’s a much different story. Pillsbury United Communities has a 130 year history of responding to the needs of Minneapolis’ urban core residents, including access to nutritious, quality, culturally relevant food.
We are proud to be operating three food shelves that collectively serve over 5,300 individuals annually with 540,000+ pounds of nutritious, culturally appropriate food. Individuals and families use the food shelf and additional food programs — including a twice-monthly fresh produce give-away and prepackaged cultural food program — to supplement what they can afford to purchase on their own. Many food shelf users also request hygiene items such as diapers, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, or household items such as toilet paper and laundry detergent.
Food shelf locations and offerings:
“I walked in that first day feeling downtrodden,” Stephen said of his first visit to the food shelf. A Vietnam veteran, Stephen had been referred to Waite House’s food shelf from the VA Hospital. Initially, Stephen felt that visiting a food shelf made him “a bum,” but he now leaves feeling positive and productive. Stephen asserts that it is the genuine, caring staff that makes his food shelf visits “a pleasure.” “I feel good about coming here now,” he said. It’s remarkable.”
Investing in Us
To keep its vision and mission healthy and thriving, PUC depends on the investment of its friends and neighbors. Pillsbury United Communities is one of Minneapolis’ most historic and respected organizations, and has been at the heart of local philanthropy for more than 130 years.
The money you invest in Pillsbury United Communities is dedicated to the participants and the communities we serve. Your donation allows PUC to commit dollars to finding solutions for problems that might otherwise be ignored. The investment you make is tax-deductible and has a visible impact on our participants and community.
Please join PUC in its work; however you are able – as a volunteer, partner or donor. The future we build will be stronger because of your investment.