Empty Bowls

The 16th annual St. Louis Park Empty Bowls is on March 9!

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.
Each year, STEP serves approximately four thousand St. Louis Park residents with nutritional support, clothing, transportation, and emergency rental assistance. STEP has been empowering lives and restoring hope in the city for forty years.

March 9, 2017

Lunch: 11:30am-1:30pm

 Dinner: 5:00pm-7:30pm

Westwood Lutheran Church

9001 Cedar Lake Rd, St. Louis Park, MN 55426

If you or your business would like to sponsor the event, contact info@stepslp.org for details.

Volunteer at Empty Bowl

To volunteer, please use the link below.

Empty Bowls Link  http://signup.com/go/EB6FRB

We are using SignUp to organize our upcoming volunteer spots.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our sign-up:  http://signup.com/go/EB6FRB

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.

Note: SignUp does not share your email address with anyone.


Donate to Empty Bowls

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.

STEP is Hiring

Position: Food Rescue Coordinator, St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP)
This role is managing a new program for food rescue; picking up food donations from local grocery stores and overseeing the intake and distribution of these rescue items. The Food Rescue Coordinator will report to the Volunteer Coordinator / Food Shelf Manager.

Hours: This position is an hourly part-time position. Hours will vary but average 20 hours per week. Flexibility to increase hours as program changes occur will be necessary. Must be available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. It is a temporary position with the possibility of being made permanent within three months of hire.

Compensation: Pay will be based on qualifications within the range of $13-$16/hour. If made permanent, benefits may include generous sick, vacation and holiday leave, retirement plan, and employer sponsored benefit stipend.

Duties and Responsibilities:
– Maintain, evaluate and execute STEP’s Food Rescue Program
– Train, oversee and work alongside Food Rescue volunteers
– Be present to oversee food rescue deliveries; have warehouse ready to receive delivery and ensure food is properly sorted and stored
– Ensure food safety and quality guidelines are being met
– Problem solve with staff and volunteers in the area of Food Rescue
– Serve as back up to Food Rescue Volunteers; must be available to pick up from Food Rescue sites when a volunteer is unable
– Drive own vehicle to grocery store sites to pick up donated product when a volunteer is unable
– Load and unload food rescue product
– Lift boxes of product and use pallet jack to move and load product
– Log and maintain records of incoming products and related information
– Support growth and change within the Food Rescue Program as needed
– Ensure incoming food rescue is stocked and distributed to clients in a timely manner
– Communicate with Food Rescue Partners in relation to program changes, including date or pick up time alterations
– Perform miscellaneous pickups and drop-offs including large food drives/donations
– Participate in annual inventory
– Continually maintain organization and function in warehouse
– Ensure cleanliness of warehouse and food shelf
– Manage First In First Out method of inventory control
– Manage organics, trash and recycling
– Ensure warehouse volunteers are working safely

Qualifications & Experience:
– Nonprofit volunteer experience, preferably in the area of basic needs
– Physical ability to load and unload boxes and bags on a regular basis, up to 50 pounds
– SUV, hatchback, or truck with covered bed vehicle required
– Valid driver’s license with acceptable record and current auto insurance
– Ability to multi-task
– Strong written and verbal communication skills
– Positive, can-do attitude
– Ability to work well and closely in a small staff environment, can ask for assistance when needed

How to apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to allison@stepslp.org. The position will be open until filled. The first review of applicants will include applications received by January 2, 2017.

The St. Louis Emergency Program encourages any qualified applicant to apply. The St. Louis Park Emergency Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Thank You

Thank you all who participated in this winter event! We collected 5,874 pounds of food for St Louis Park families and more in financial donations.

We thank the St. Louis Park Holiday Train sponsors!


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Anderson Companies Citizens Independent Bank
Discover St. Louis Park Park Adam Transportation
Park Tavern


Agamim Classical Academy Alotapilates
Beltline Properties Family Orthodontics
Gearty Delmore Funeral Chapels Jerry’s Hardware
Jessen Press Incorporated  John Huber 
Julie Huber Minneapolis Window Shade
Pernsteiner Creative Group Reddy Rents 
SLP Parktacular Festival St Louis Park Public Schools Foundation
St. Louis Park Police Department
Tom and Marty Whelan


Winter wear needed now

STEP needs winter coats now in order to keep kids and adults warm in Decemberwinter

We are collecting clean, warm winter coats and accessories to provide for our St. Louis Park neighbors in need.
STEP will have coats available to guests in October. That means we need to collect items in September.

*Winter Coats/Jackets and Accessories Needed for:

Infant/Toddler, Children, Teen, Adult, Adult Plus

Accessories especially needed in all sizes: Boots, Gloves, Mittens, Snow Pants

Thank you for helping to ensure that everyone in St. Louis Park will be warm this coming winter!

*Please only warm winter coats, no lightweight jackets or vests.

Please drop off donations during our open hours at the back of the building. Pull up in the alley and ring the doorbell. A volunteer will answer, take your donations, and provide you with a receipt. Donations left outside the building when STEP is closed will be considered dumping and be referred to law enforcement.

Don’t have spare winter clothing to donate? STEP also accepts new winter clothing donations. Find a good deal at your favorite store or order to deliver directly to STEP through our Amazon wish list.