Loaves & Fishes Sets Record of 1 Million Meals

Help the statewide food-service organization ring in 1 million meals by volunteering at events this month

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When Loaves & Fishes sets a record, it’s both good and bad.

Good because the seven-county food service will provide 1 million nutritious meals to hungry Minnesotans this year for free. This is triple the number of meals they served annually just five years ago.

Bad, of course, because this step up in service—2,700 meals served daily at more than 70 outlets—reveals Minnesota’s high food insecurity rate, which is expected only to rise, especially as baby boomers age.

Loaves & Fishes is helped by thousands of volunteers, who make it possible for families in need of healthy meals to eat all year long. It offers programs for street outreach and after-school meals and provides food to nonprofits, dedicated to drawing from local farms and gardens. This month, Loaves & Fishes celebrates its “Million Meals Milestone” with the following events:

  • A food rescue ride-along from Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport through Dec. 14, as well as Dec. 17-19.
  • Handing out a golden plate to diners at three or four locations in the Twin Cities and in Aitkin and Marshall.
  • Street outreach meal distribution on Dec. 15.
  • Food delivery and pickup at their Minneapolis warehouse on Dec. 10, 12, 17, and 19.

Find out how to further Loaves & Fishes’ mission by volunteering here.

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Sue Zelickson (Sue Z.) is a James Beard Award-winning food media personality, philanthropist, and longtime contributor to Minnesota Monthly and WCCO radio. She has founded the Charlie Awards, the Women Who Really Cook networking organization for women in the local food industry, and the Kids Cafe at Perspectives, Inc., which improves access to nutritious meals for families in need. You can find her buzzing around from event to event throughout the Twin Cities, helping to raise funds for charitable organizations, including some she has had a hand in building.