Founded over 50 years ago, ICA provides food, homelessness prevention, employment assistance, and referrals to hundreds of families each month.
ICA works tirelessly to stop immediate crises, help families build stability, and promote long-term well-being so that all people in our community can thrive. ICA serves the communities of Hopkins, Minnetonka, Excelsior, Deephaven, Shorewood, Greenwood, and Woodland.
In the past few years, ICA has proven to be resilient and adaptable as we weathered the coronavirus pandemic and the increased economic need that it brought. As part of our new strategic plan, we listened to our community and are determined, more than ever, to meet their need wherever it might be. ICA’s new mission is to create a healthy and stable community for all. Our vision is a community where everyone has the resources to thrive.
As part of our strategic planning process, we followed the data and listened to teachers, parents, family liaisons, and school administrators. We learned there was a great need to relieve increased hunger in local schools. Together with our school partners, we are working to break down barriers, such as transportation, language, and cultural differences, to make access to our services easier for young families in our community. Late last year, we launched our first school-based ICA Market and Resource Center where families at Gatewood Elementary, a Hopkins Public School, can access a full range of healthy groceries as well as meet with a case manager. These services, together, provide holistic on-site support. This is just the beginning as we enter conversations with other local schools.
ICA’s Key Food Programs
We need your help!
Donations to ICA enable us to purchase healthy food from our partners, including produce, milk, meat, grains, and non-perishable items.
When you give to ICA, your donation stays in our community and puts food on the tables of your neighbors. With your $1 donation, we are able to purchase up to $10 of food from food banks.
Your donation also helps us meet the increased demand in our homeless prevention services. Through your investment, you can ensure that our neighbors in need have a safe place to sleep. Prior to COVID, ICA provided, on average, $500 to keep a family stable in their housing. In this current environment, due to the increase in unemployment rates and furloughed individuals, the average amount needed to keep a family stable in their housing has increased to $1500.
Thank you for helping us to serve those in need in our community and provide our vital services.