Volunteers Needed For Empty Bowls

Community members of all ages are invited to join together for a simple meal of soup and bread provided by local restaurants for lunch (11:30-1:30) or dinner (5:00-7:30). Event details can be found here.

Please sign up to volunteer at Empty Bowls and join in the community effort to help build awareness of hunger in St. Louis Park.

Volunteer Sign-Up:

https://signup.com/go/UamhRWy

Questions can be directed to STEP’s Volunteer Coordinator, Mari-Claire, at 952-925-4899 ext 1800 or mari@STEPslp.org

Empty Bowls Event

St. Louis Park’s 19th annual Empty Bowls! Join 1,000 community members over lunch or dinner. The event is presented by our friends at Citizens Independent Bank.

WHERE: Westwood Lutheran Church community room,
9001 Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park
WHEN: Thursday, February 13, 2020, 11:30-1:30 & 5:00-7:30
WHY: To build awareness of hunger in our community and support efforts to fill empty bowls in St. Louis Park.

Food insecurity is a reality in our community. Please join us and show your commitment to eliminating hunger in St. Louis Park.

Community members of all ages are invited to join together for a simple meal of soup and bread provided by local restaurants for lunch (11:30-1:30) or dinner (5:00-7:30). The event will include music entertainment and children’s activities. Participants will receive a handmade pottery bowl to take home as a reminder of empty bowls in our community. No tickets or reservations are required. A free-will donation will benefit the programs of the St. Louis Park Emergency Program.

Thanks to assistance from the City of St. Louis Park, this event will be zero-waste.

STEP serves St. Louis Park residents with nutritional support, clothing, transportation, homelessness prevention, and professional social worker services. STEP has been empowering lives and restoring hope in the city for forty years.

Empty Bowls Facebook Event link (https://www.facebook.com/events/2114248518678531/).

Come Tour STEP

Come Tour STEP through Community Ed! Tour our facility and learn how we serve members of our community and how you can get involved.

On the tour you might be surprised to learn how many residents in the St. Louis Park community struggle to get their basic needs met and understand how STEP responds to those struggles in order to empower and restore hope. Learn how you can get involved in our mission and help community members fulfill their basic needs.

Upcoming tours are available January 16 and June 9. This is a free class, but registration is required.

Register Here

Holiday Train Event Update & Thank You

We had such a fun time at the Holiday Train this year! The performance warmed our hearts and feet.

The cold did keep some people away, so we collected 3,700 lbs of food less than the typical 5,000 lbs we were counting on. If you missed out on the train and want to help your neighbors in need, you can still donate food by dropping it off at STEP (http://stepslp.org/donate/food-and-non-food-item-donations/) or donating funds (https://step.salsalabs.org/holidaytrain_slp/index.html).

Thank you to Canadian Pacific for bringing holiday cheer and help to neighbors!

Wish List

Have you ever felt the desire to donate to STEP and just weren’t sure what we needed?  Well, we have a solution to that conundrum!  We have started a Target Wish list that we will be regularly updating with items that are of current need at STEP.
We can usually order basic food staples at a great discount from other sources, but there are many non-food items or specialty items that we cannot source through those options.  If you are looking for ideas on how to support STEP check out and share the wish list.
Thank you!

Warm Coats for Winter

Warm Coats for Winter
STEP will have winter coats available throughout October for St. Louis Park children and adults who are in need of one. Come during STEP’s Clothes Closet hours and bring current address verification (a utility bill or lease). Call 952-925-4899 with any questions.

STEP Clothes Closet Hours
Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm
Tuesdays: 1:00-3:00 pm and 6:00-7:30 pm
Thursdays: 9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm
Fridays: 9:00-11:00 am

 

Winter Coats Donations

If you would like to donate a gently used or new winter coat, please drop off your donation at STEP during our business hours:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays:
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesdays: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fridays: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

All ages and sizes of Coats/Jackets* and Accessories are needed.

*Please only warm winter coats–no lightweight jackets or vests.
Accessories especially needed in all sizes: Boots, Gloves, Mittens, Snow Pants

Click here to order via STEP’s Amazon Wish List

Let’s make sure that everyone in St. Louis Park will be warm this coming winter!

WE NEED YOU!!

STEP is excited to be starting work on a new program, Food Rescue! This program will enable us to pick up unwanted food from a local grocery store and distribute the product through our food shelf. This is a great opportunity to offer more healthful, fresh food options to our clients that utilize our services.

We are looking to build a crew of volunteers that are excited and dedicated to helping us make this program a success. Available shifts are Monday and Friday mornings, we are looking for warehouse volunteers to help unload, sort, organize and get rescue product out to food shelf clients. Volunteers would need to be able to lift boxes up to 50 pounds on a regular basis. Please contact Allison at allison@stepslp.org for more information or if you are interested in volunteering.

Fare for All

Have you heard about the great food purchasing program we have in St. Louis Park called Fare For All?

It is a non-profit, community-supported program to purchase fresh produce, meat and more at a cost lower than the grocery stores! There is no need to register and is open to EVERYONE regardless of financial situation. The more people who participate, the more savings are passed on to customers.

Fare For All accepts cash, credit, debit, and EBT cards.  Fare for All is a pop-up location in St. Louis Park at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (8115 State Hwy 7) one time each month. The next date is Wednesday January 18th.  All of the SLP 2017 dates can be found here.  We highly encourage you to give it a try and spread the word to your friends and neighbors!

 

January will also feature the Shoe Away Hunger bus. New and gently used shoes will be fore sale: kids shoes $2, adult shoes $5. They accept cash and credit.  All proceeds help to fund “Good in the ‘Hood feeding Programs”.  Shoe donations and monetary donations are also welcomed.