Every week day, Augsburg students lead volunteers and service learners into the neighborhood to make healthy food available to those in need. We provide food the three different activities:
1) Campus Cupboard - A student run food shelf on campus for students in need. Schedule and more information can be found on the Inside Augsburg page linked here. For the summer months Campus Cupboard will be open Wednesdays 4:30-5:30, and can be opened upon request by Campus Kitchen staff — just call us at 612-330-1624.
2) Farmers Market Vegetable Rescue - Our gleaning pilot program visited 8 farmers market each week, collected surplus produce at the end of the selling day, and delivered them to 8 different food shelves. This summer we are only doing one gleaning shift, each Saturday, and these vegetables are being distributed in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. To see when shifts are, please see our volunteer calendar.
3) Free Meals - This is the core of our program, and occupies the majority of our time. Here, we take all the surplus from our campus dining center and student volunteers and interns reheat, repackage, and cater and deliver the meals at our non-profit partners in South Minneapolis. Almost all of the meal shifts include a free meal for the volunteers, and most importantly, give students a chance to dine and converse with our neighbors. The schedule is fairly consistent through out the semester, but can change slightly week to week. Our Volunteer Calendar is always up to date on which particular shifts are open and operating. Read below to see which shifts interest you, and visit the Calendar to see if it’s open. When you find something that works, sign up here.
Brian Coyle Community Center. Run by Pillsbury United Communities, the Brian Coyle Community Center serves the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis with basic needs, self-sufficiency, and youth services. The Campus Kitchen at Augsburg serves a daily meal to the youth and staff of the Kids College program. Additionally, youth from the FANS college preparation program volunteer with the Campus Kitchen at Augsburg to deliver meals to neighborhood elderly and those with disabilities.
Trinity Lutheran Safe Place: Homework Help Program. The Safe Place is a tutoring program of the Trinity Lutheran Congregation for Cedar-Riverside kids, primarily East African, to receive help with homework after school during the regular school year. Volunteers (many of them Augsburg students participating in Augsburg Reads!) work with the kids on homework, and the Campus Kitchen at Augsburg provides a hot snack once a week.
Peace House. A day shelter that provides hospitality during the day in a peaceful and restful place, Peace House gives food, voice, and respect to homeless and low-income people in the neighborhood near Franklin and Portland Avenues in Minneapolis. Every lunch is preceded by ‘Meditation,’ a group discussion on a rotating topic. The Campus Kitchen at Augsburg serves lunch at Peace House every Thursday during the school year.
Low Income and Elderly Individuals
Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) is an international non-profit volunteer-based organization committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. With a focus on companionship and quality of life, LBFE provided friendship and transportation to isolated seniors. The Campus Kitchen at Augsburg delivers dinner to LBFE clients in the Nokomis neighborhood once a week.
Common Bond Communities – Seward West and East Towers. Elderly and disabled residents of two Common Bond Communities low-income apartment towers receive dinner once a week from the Campus Kitchen at Augsburg. Common Bond Communities manages these apartment buildings and provides services for residents.
Ebenezer Tower. A service of Ebenezer, an elderly services program of Fairview Health Services, Ebenezer Tower provides subsidized housing to seniors. Ebenezer Tower strives to provide a social and safe atmosphere for its residents. Some residents of Ebenezer Tower receive dinner once a week from the Campus Kitchen at Augsburg.