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Twin Cities Food Trucks Work to Stop Youth Homelessness

Twin Cities Food Trucks Work to Stop Youth Homelessness

Food trucks team up with nonprofit YouthLink

A dozen Twin Cities food trucks are teaming up with Minneapolis nonprofit YouthLink to help combat youth homelessness, the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal reports. As part of this effort, YouthLink is selling discount cards at certain food trucks during August.

The $10 cards have various discounts available at different trucks, such as 10% off an item or a free drink or side with purchase. Cards are currently available and can be purchased in person, online, or by phone. They will also be available at YouthLink’s kickoff event on July 27.

The nonprofit hopes to sell at least 200 cards in the first year. Not only does the card offer discounts, but all proceeds go to the nonprofit and their programming.

Some of the food trucks included in the deal are AZ Canteen, Gastrotruck, and Hot Indian Foods. For more information on the program and how to participate, check out the organizations website.

Recipe: Somali recipes

Note: "Suugo," meaning sauce, is similar to a stew. Serve this over rice with a Somali shidni (chutney) on the side (recipe follows). From "Soo Fariista/ Come Sit Down: A Somali American Cookbook," by Wariyaa, Somali Youth in Museums.

• 1 large potato, peeled and cubed

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook the lamb until lightly browned.

Add the onions and cook until browned, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, coriander and potatoes and cook, stirring for 1 minute.

Stir in the tomato paste, 1/2 cup water, turmeric and curry powder. Cook on low heat until the sauce thickens and the potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.

Add more water if the sauce seems dry. Season with salt to taste and serve.

Somali Shidni (Hot Chutney)

Note: Serve traditional chutney alongside roasts and stews. Be warned, it's plenty hot! Tamarind paste is made from the tropical tamarind fruit find it with Asian foods at the supermarket. From "Soo Fariista/ Come Sit Down: A Somali American Cookbook," by Wariyaa, Somali Youth in Museums.

• 3 tbsp. tamarind paste (see Note)

• 3 tomatoes, diced (about 2 c.)

Combine the tamarind paste, tomatoes, chiles, garlic, salt and 1/4 cup water in the bowl of a food processor and blend well.

Heat the oil in a small saucepan, add the blended mixture, and cook for about 5 minutes.

Nutrition information per 2-tablespoon serving:

Calories 38 Fat 2 g Sodium 80 mg

Carbohydrates 6 g Saturated fat 0 g Total sugars 4 g

Protein 1 g Cholesterol 0 mg Dietary fiber 1 g

Exchanges per serving: ½ carb, ½ fat.

Wariyaas Bariis (Seasoned Rice)

Note: This fragrant rice dish is delicious as a side to simply grilled chicken or topped with a spicy lamb or beef stew. From "Soo Fariista/ Come Sit Down: A Somali American Cookbook," by Wariyaa, Somali Youth in Museums.

• 2 tomatoes, diced (about 1 1/2 c.)

• 1/2 c. chopped fresh cilantro, optional

Heat the oil in a large skillet and add the onions, turmeric, coriander, cumin and salt, stirring to combine. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the onions are softened.

In a large pan or rice cooker, stir together 4 1/2 cups water, rice, tomatoes and onion mixture. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, for 20 minutes or until the rice reaches the desired texture. Top with cilantro.

Twin Cities Mobile Market Now a Program of The Food Group

The Food Group and Amherst H. Wilder Foundation are pleased to announce that Twin Cities Mobile Market is now a program of The Food Group.

Twin Cities Mobile Market is a grocery store on a bus that brings affordable foods—such as fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy and grains—directly to Twin Cities neighborhoods that don’t have nearby grocery stores or food shelves. It started five years ago as a Wilder program.

The Mobile Market began in 2014 as a program of the Wilder Foundation. “Wilder often acts as an incubator for new program models that have capacity for greater impact beyond the organization,” said Nona Ferguson, Wilder vice president of programs. “The transition to the Food Group is an opportunity for the Mobile Market to grow and better meet the needs of the community.”

Thank you to all the customers, volunteers, partners and staff who helped make the Mobile Market a success during its time at Wilder!

Mesquite Nonprofit Looking To Build Center For Homeless Youth

MESQUITE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Homelessness is no longer just a big city concern. The crisis is also reaching into the suburbs, with the numbers of youth experiencing homelessness on the rise.

“Sleeping under bridges, and in youth shelters,” says Andrew Morris of the Mesquite nonprofit, Raising the Bridge. “It’s a big deal going on right now. I really understand what’s going on, because I was there.”

Morris doesn’t mince words about his awful childhood. He said as a baby, he was abused and severely burned by his biological mother. He was placed into foster care and adopted, but when his adoptive father died, his father’s widow forced him out.

Robbie Owens and Andrew Morris (CBS 11)

“First time I was on the street, I was 16-years-old, had a trash bag in my hand in Pleasant Grove, trying to figure out where I’m a gonna go,” recalls Morris. He says he is determined to turn into pain into purpose. He’s working to build a drop in youth center for teens experiencing homelessness in Mesquite and he says that even in suburban cities, the need is great.

“We have over a thousand homeless teens that are struggling, couch surfing, sleeping under bridges,” says Morris, adding, “I have a lot of sleepless nights. I’m constantly thinking about our youth.”

Right now, his “field of dreams” to combat the nightmare of homelessness is a wooded five-acre tract on the outskirts of town. He sees it at a one-stop shop for kids with no place else to go.

“They can come and get food, clothing, they can wash their clothes,” says Morris, along with providing access to medical and dental care. “All kinds of life skills that they need.”

Mesquite City Councilman Bruce Archer is on board, saying for the city to do nothing is not an option.

“We can no longer just hope it goes away,” says Archer. “We have to engage this challenge.”

He says the youth center is a natural next step to bring a variety of charitable efforts already underway in the city– like Raising the Bridge’s community garden–under one roof.

“This opportunity that Andrew and Raising the Bridge is offering will be a place for those that aren’t accepted, or don’t have a place to go, to go,” says Archer. “Fit in, be loved and accepted and mentored and coached and do great things with their future and be a blessing to Mesquite, long term.”

Morris says too often teens without adequate family support flounder and grow up without the life skills needed to be successful.

“I want to change that situation for them. Break the cycle,” he says.

A Home For Everybody

Discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation is protected under federal law, allowing legal discrimination in twenty-seven states, which causes barriers for LGBTQ+ folks who are trying to become homeowners, obtain loans, rent, and more. While the national homeownership rate is at 64%, it falls to just 49% among LGBTQ+ individuals.

Everyone should have the opportunity to own a home, and that opportunity should not be limited for LGBTQ+ folks. Because of the work being done by groups like the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance, the fight for equitable homeownership is far from over.

The LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance is a 501c(6) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping LGBTQ+ folks and their allies on their journeys of homeownership and enjoyment. Members of the alliance are realtors, lenders, inspectors, title companies, and many other types of service providers who understand the unique and varied needs of the LGBTQ+ community, who want to increase the percentage of LGBTQ+ folks who are homeowners.

“In short, the alliance is an all-inclusive organization that strives to enhance the lives of the LGBTQ+ community. The alliance has the mission to ‘advocate, elevate, and celebrate,’ ” says Amy Ruzick, realtor and member of the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance.

The alliance was formed in 2020 and is open to any community members who can provide services to homeowners. The alliance is also committed to advocacy, which includes fair housing as well as issues such as LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, working toward eliminating currently legal discriminatory practices throughout the country in regards to housing, addressing special senior living needs, and lobbying for political purposes.

“Each local chapter will also have initiatives to support one or more non-profits in their community, and in particular, nonprofits that are focused around housing issues,” Ruzick says.

“Buying and selling real estate is among the most stressful things we do in our lives, as it typically involves our biggest purchases. Being able to go through this process with trusted professionals who are standing up and stating they are ready to help you and will not tolerate discrimination, makes this process less stressful,” Ruzick says.

Realtors of the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance are also very well connected to additional resources that you can feel safe having in your home or providing you services without discrimination, Ruzick says. “Being able to communicate freely with your realtor will have a huge impact on how they are able to help you achieve your goals. This open communication is only possible when you trust the person representing you and you know that you are being heard,” she adds. “In addition, it is a powerful feeling to know that you are using your own economic voice to support businesses that value diversity, inclusion, and equity.”

In her own job with NoPlaceLikeHome, Ruzick says one of her favorite things to tell LGBTQ+ folks moving to the Twin Cities is that the LGBTQ+ community is peppered throughout the metro. And, she says, it is not uncommon for allies to fly rainbow flags or have “all are welcome here” signs in their yards or at their place of business to show their support of our community.

“Also, in Minnesota, it is illegal to discriminate in real estate and housing against people due to sexual preference or gender identity. We are lucky—there are 27 States in which the LGBTQ+ community do not have protection under the law in regards to housing discrimination. That is some of what the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance will be focusing on: making sure people are protected under Federal Fair Housing Laws,” Ruzick says.

Sex crimes are tough to prosecute, but state laws are evolving—for the better

Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman doesn’t mince words. “People think, ‘It’s just sex,’ ” he says. This prevailing cultural attitude has made it difficult to eradicate sex trafficking.

Prosecution of sex trafficking has grown statewide since the mid-2000s, but convictions remain uneven, according to a 2014 report by the Minnesota Office of Justice Programs. Minnesota prosecutors made 102 charges of soliciting a child in 2013, but these led to only 32 convictions. Prosecuting sex traffickers themselves has been marginally more successful: That same year saw 63 successful convictions for 72 charges of sex trafficking. This improved from the year before, when only 31 of 81 sex trafficking cases won convictions.

To explain why both sex traffickers and buyers can slip past conviction, Freeman offers a metaphor: One reason DWI penalties remained lenient for decades, and were difficult to enforce and prosecute, was that drinking and driving wasn’t perceived as a clear-cut social taboo. “Everybody knew the guy down the street who had a few too many,” Freeman recalls. While attitudes about drunk driving have since become more serious, a similar cultural willingness to look the other way still applies to sexual exploitation, he says, because “the attitude about sex is strange.”

Most sex trafficking cases are settled through plea deals, but when a case does go to trial, “Jurors recognize and fear that they’re going to affect someone’s liberty,” Freeman explains. “It can be harder to prosecute someone who looks like they’re a-OK—they just wanted a little sex. But it’s not a victimless crime.”

“Someone has to testify against traffickers,” Freeman says. “It takes a brave person to stand up and say, ‘I want to change my life.’ It’s important that pimps out there know we are willing to take them to trial.”

In 1999, Sweden passed landmark anti-trafficking legislation in the form of the Nordic Model. Prostitution was identified as an inherent human rights abuse, and prostituted individuals were decriminalized while stricter punishment was leveraged against sex buyers and traffickers.

Meanwhile, in traditional trafficking laws, still enforced throughout most of the United States, “legal consequences disproportionately fall on the prostituted individual, who is often the most vulnerable,” according to the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force. “Most vulnerable” typically means women and children of color, sexual and domestic abuse survivors, homeless youth, and individuals battling substance abuse. The top risk factor for human trafficking last year was recent migration or relocation, according to the Polaris Project, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit working to end global human trafficking.

The Nordic Model served as an early blueprint for Minnesota’s Safe Harbor Law, passed in 2011. The state law includes this heart-wrenching statement: “For the first time, Minnesota youth who engage in prostitution are viewed as victims and survivors, not criminals.” The law decriminalized anyone under 18 engaged in commercial sexual activity and strengthened penalties for adult buyers exploiting youth. (In 2016, the protected age window was extended to 24.)

Victims are more likely to testify if they feel safe, and Freeman says that’s why Minnesota’s statewide No Wrong Door initiative, which puts the Safe Harbor Law into practice, has proven essential to increasing arrests, ultimately putting traffickers behind bars. A multi-agency venture with stakeholders that include the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, the MN Department of Health and the MN Department of Public Safety, the program provides housing, healthcare, counseling, and other supportive services to exploited youth at the regional level. More than 1,400 received housing and assistance between 2012 and 2015.

But where does this leave adult trafficking victims? Askerooth recalls coming across a trafficked woman waiting in an airport terminal for three days after a job at a Twin Cities massage parlor fell through. The victim was scared to accept help from law enforcement officers. “The traffickers had her young son back in New York,” Askerooth says. “So we connected her to resources, helped her get on the plane, and hoped she would get help when she arrived back in New York.”

Today, by operating on a partial decriminalization model like the Nordic Model, Minnesota law has deviated from the predominant U.S. model of criminalization that implies all participants in prostitution are legally responsible. Prior to this legal shift, victims were often charged as perpetrators. Partial decriminalization “identifies prostituted individuals as victims and protects them from legal penalties,” according to the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force. “Buying or facilitating the sale of sexual services remain criminalized, often with increased penalties.”

Without human rights-oriented trafficking laws, the stranded woman at the airport might have been charged with solicitation and held in custody, creating a perilous situation for her young son when she failed to return to her traffickers.


Zimmern was born and raised in New York City [11] in a Jewish family. [12] As a boy, he attended James Beard's legendary Christmas and Sunday open houses with his two dads, and credits Beard's hospitality for his early culinary aspirations. [13] He began his formal culinary training at the age of 14. He attended the Dalton School and graduated from Vassar College. He worked at several fine dining restaurants in New York as either executive chef or general manager. He has also lectured on restaurant management and design at The New School for Social Research.

Owing to severe drug and alcohol addiction, Zimmern was homeless for about one year. [14] During this period, he survived by stealing purses from cafes and selling the contents. [14] In 1992, Zimmern moved to Minnesota, where he checked into the Hazelden Treatment Center for drug and alcohol addiction treatment, where he now volunteers. [15] He later gained wide acclaim during his four-and-a-half-year tenure as executive chef of Café Un Deux Trois in Minneapolis's Foshay Tower. [16] His menus received the highest ratings from the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, and Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, as well as national publications. [ citation needed ] Zimmern left daily restaurant operations in 1997.

Zimmern is a contributing editor and award-winning monthly columnist at Mpls. St. Paul Magazine and a senior editor at Delta Sky Magazine. As a freelance journalist, his work has appeared in numerous national and international publications. Zimmern has served as SuperTarget's meal adventure guide, sharing his passion for ethnic foods with supermarket customers around the country. He is the international spokesman for Travel Leaders and Elite Destination Homes.

Prior to Bizarre Foods, Zimmern had an extensive radio career. His shows Chowhounds, The Andrew Zimmern Show, and Food Court With Andrew Zimmern achieved wide popularity in the Twin Cities.

Zimmern was the food features reporter for Fox TV station KMSP-TV and was also a featured contributor on both HGTV's Rebecca's Garden and Tip-ical Mary Ellen, where he handled on-air food duties for both shows. He was the food and lifestyle features reporter during the 1997 season of the UPN network's nationally televised Everyday Living.

Zimmern has been a guest chef at many national charity events, food festivals, and galas, including Food and Wine Magazine ' s Aspen Festival, the Twin Cities Food and Wine Experience, and the James Beard House in New York City. He has appeared frequently on the Food Network's Best Of. , CNN's Money and Health, and NBC's Today Show. He also starred in the Cooking Club of America's instructional video series.

Zimmern regularly speaks to professional associations around the globe on all culinary matters, from the American Federation of Chefs to the Chinese Chefs National Committee. In the fall of 2002, he was an honored guest of the People's Republic of China, traveling, lecturing, and giving demonstrations on Chinese cuisine.

Zimmern's book The Bizarre Truth: How I Walked out the Door Mouth First . and Came Back Shaking My Head was published by Broadway Books in 2009. It is a collection of his food and travel stories from around the world. [17] He is also the author of Andrew Zimmern's Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild, and Wonderful Foods, released by Feiwel & Friends on October 30, 2012. His latest book is a grade level reader series called Alliance of World Explorers, Volume 1: AZ and the Lost City of Ophir and was released in February 2019. This book won the 2019 Gold IPPY in Juvenile Fiction. [18]

Zimmern also lends his name to a stand named Andrew Zimmern's Canteen at Target Field and U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern premiered on the Travel Channel with a pilot episode on November 1, 2006. The series has aired over 140 episodes, with Zimmern visiting dozens of countries and states. Bizarre Foods took home two CableFax awards in 2009, one for Best Television Program: Food, another for Best Online Extras for Andrew's web series Bizarre Foods in the Kitchen.

In 2009, Zimmern hosted a spinoff of Bizarre Foods called Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World. A pilot and nine episodes were produced in eight countries and two states.

Zimmern guest-starred in a 2007 episode of No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain in New York City Bourdain did the same on Bizarre Foods. Zimmern also appeared in a 2009 episode of Man v. Food with Adam Richman in Minneapolis where he introduced Richman to lutefisk.

In January 2012, another spinoff of Bizarre Foods, Bizarre Foods America, debuted. This time Zimmern focused on various cities in the United States and samples local cuisines and ways of life.

In May 2010, Zimmern won the James Beard Award for Outstanding TV Food Personality. [19] [20] He won another James Beard Award in 2012, a third in 2013, and a fourth in 2017.

His online series, Toyota's Appetite for Life, won an Effie Award in 2010.

Five good things that happened in trucking this week–May 21

Sneak peek: NYC DCAS and Together for Safer Roads announce new safety award, Bendix makes and delivers handmade blankets to children at the Cleveland Clinic, Women In Trucking launches “I Am Essential” 2021 Photo Contest, and more.

“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference,” Tom Brokaw once said on the topic of giving back. For the trucking industry, giving back has become second nature. Here are five good things that happened in trucking this week.

NYC DCAS, Together for Safer Roads announce new award in honor of late safety advocate

The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) and Together for Safer Roads, a coalition of global private sector companies dedicated to preventing road crashes, announced the creation of the Lenin Fierro Vision Zero Fleet Advocacy Award and its first recipient.

The award was named for the late Lenin Fierro, a former DCAS employee and long-time champion for fleet safety, who died of COVID-19 in March 2020 at 42 years old, leaving behind a wife and two daughters. In his honor, the award will be presented annually to an individual who has the leadership, positivity, commitment, approachability, and personal dedication to transforming organizations towards the goals of Vision Zero.

“Lenin Fierro was an extraordinary public servant,” Keith Kerman, NYC chief fleet officer and DCAS deputy commissioner for fleet management, said. “A ten-year U.S. Navy veteran, he joined NYC government and immediately became a leader in Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero Safety initiative. Lenin pushed safety in public and in private, always challenging us to do better. He was the voice of safety for our fleet operators. This award is a tribute to his legacy.”

Lenin Fierro of Forest Hills, with his family, was an innovator in shaping New York City’s Vision Zero goals for vehicular safety within the city fleet. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services and the group Together for Safer Roads have endowed an award in his memory. Photo: Queens Chronicle

The inaugural award was presented at the Global Vision Zero Conference on May 19 to Nigel Reid, the director of transportation at City Harvest. Reid, oversees City Harvest’s fleet and drivers and is responsible for ensuring they can safely and efficiently rescue 30 million lb. of locally sourced food and deliver it to a network of 400 soup kitchens, food pantries, and other emergency food providers across the five boroughs of New York City. He is also responsible for the safety of City Harvest’s drivers and works to ensure they have the tools, equipment, and support they need in order to succeed.

"Nigel and the entire transportation team at City Harvest are the backbone of the organization," Jilly Stephens, CEO of City Harvest, said. "They help rescue and deliver tens of millions of pounds of food every year for to help feed our neighbors across New York City who need help putting meals on the table. With the surge in the number of New Yorkers experiencing food insecurity over the past year because of COVID-19, the work that Nigel and the drivers do has never been more important to more of our neighbors."

“Every day, City Harvest’s food rescue trucks are on the streets of New York City rescuing and delivering food for New Yorkers who need help putting meals on their tables,” Nigel Reid, director of transportation at City Harvest. “It is crucial that we are as safe and secure as possible while we operate around this very busy city. I am honored to be the first recipient of the Lenin Fierro Vision Zero Fleet Advocacy Award in his memory and honor.”

Bendix partners with Fleece & Thank You to make, deliver handmade blankets to hospitalized children in Cleveland

Earlier this year, Bendix partnered with Fleece & Thank You, a Farmington Hills, Michigan-based community service organization, to make and deliver handmade fleece blankets to children at the Cleveland Clinic.

The virtual blanket-making event took place in February, when employees from multiple Bendix locations made 184 hand tied fleece blankets from the comfort of their own homes. The majority of the handmade blankets were shipped back to Bendix’s Elyria, Ohio headquarters at the end of the month, and the blankets were delivered to the Cleveland Clinic in March, for distribution by its Child Life team to hospitalized children.

“What’s unique about Fleece & Thank You is that their efforts are all about connecting recipients with volunteers through an expression of thanks,” said Maria Gutierrez, Bendix director of corporate responsibility and sustainability. “Ultimately this was a big reason for the project’s success. Employees across locations also had the opportunity to connect by taking part in a new service activity, together.”

Photo: Bendix

Every blanket Fleece & Thank You provides includes a personal video message attached to it from the blanket-maker to the recipient in the hospital, who can then send a thank-you message back to the maker.

“Due to the pandemic, Fleece & Thank You has had to postpone or cancel its large-scale blanket-making events, which meant fewer comforting blankets for children who are hospitalized,” Nicholas Kristock, founder and executive director of Fleece & Thank You, said. “Thankfully, individuals, community groups, and corporations, including Bendix, have stepped up to host virtual events, creating these blankets from the safety and comfort of their own homes. The need for comfort is everywhere, especially in these times, so it’s wonderful to see how our mission can be expanded to help children in Cleveland.”

Women In Trucking launches “I Am Essential” 2021 Photo Contest

While the past year has been challenging due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has emphasized the critical importance of the transportation industry. That’s why the Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has dubbed their 2021 Photo Contest with the theme, “I am Essential,” to unify the countless other essential workers that make up the trucking industry.

WIT urges those who submit to be creative by using posters, t-shirts, stickers, signs, balloons, etc., reminding those to be sensitive to COVID-19 restrictions through the use of masks and social distancing.

The submission period for the 2021 Photo Contest runs from June 14-July 2, and all entries must also include a truck.

Bestpass joins fight against diabetes

Bestpass has partnered with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) on an initiative to give back to the community while also encouraging healthy activities among employees, customers and partners.

The initiative, spearheaded by the Bestpass Gives committee, will culminate in the virtual 2021 Tour de Cure ride on June 12 with more than 40 people participating on the team. Throughout the effort, Bestpass will highlight employees and drivers who are focused on improving their health, including on social media and in newsletters.

“We are grateful to Bestpass for joining our efforts to raise much needed funds for diabetes education and research in this year’s virtual Tour de Cure across upstate New York,” Jeff Collins, executive director of ADA Upstate New York, said. “In addition to supporting a great cause, Bestpass is actively working to improve the health and wellness of their employees and corporate partners. We’re proud to partner with them.”

Photo: BestPass

Bestpass Gives, an employee-led committee within the company, is responsible for identifying opportunities to contribute to the community in a meaningful way while also building relationships across functional teams. The committee identified raising awareness of diabetes as its focus for the second quarter of 2021.

“With some studies showing that there is a 50 percent higher occurrence of diabetes for professional truckers than the overall national average, the American Diabetes Association and its good work is a natural fit for our community efforts,” Tom Fogarty, CEO of Bestpass, said. “We value our customers tremendously, and we want them to be healthy, so anything we can do to support that goal is tremendously rewarding.”

UPS driver drops off packages, buckets

As we head into the weekend, I’ll leave you with a lighthearted game of neighborhood basketball featuring a local delivery driver.

In a video posted on Barstool Sports’ Instagram, three boys were shooting hoops in a driveway. While making his deliveries, a nearby UPS driver joins in for one shot.

Watch his victory in the video below.

How it works


We partner with food manufacturers, distributors and producers to gather their surplus and overages.


100's of different kinds of foods are gathered and sorted at our Warehouse Distribution Centers.


We deliver semi-truck loads of food to Pop-Up Pantry locations monthly in communities across both Minnesota and Wisconsin.


Guests attend Pop-Up Pantry locations with 2 boxes to receive their food bundle to enjoy!

Thank you, Ruby A. Flodin

The inspiration for Ruby&rsquos Pantry

Meet Ruby A Flodin. Now gone, leaves a rich legacy of having generously used her pantry, and whatever she had, to supply an abundance of nourishment, help and love to friends and strangers alike.

Today, we honor Ruby&rsquos heart by creating a ministry with the same value &mdash taking the resources God has entrusted us with and turning them into that which supports families and communities.

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