Vineyard Community Service is a faith-driven provider of emergency hunger relief and basic needs services to thousands of Minnesotans.
In the first 6 months of this pandemic, Fruit of the Vine Saint Paul changed our food distribution methods to an all new drive-up method to continue serving our neighbors in need. Through September of 2020, we delivered over 370,029 pounds of food! That includes fresh produce, meats, bread, dairy and non-perishable foods. Our neighbors also received personal care and household products each time they visited us.
In 2017 Fruit of the Vine served 6,746 unique households with 1,815,837 pounds of food through 21,224 orders. Those numbers are pretty impressive, and we are so glad that we can be here for those families in their time of need, but our bigger goal is to get those families to self-sufficiency. We are happy to share that 2,812 families made it to that goal in 2017 which made room for the 2,106 new families that found themselves in need.
In 2007 the Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf was formed as a ministry of South Metro Vineyard Church. The ministry grew rapidly and soon became Vineyard Community Services, the successor non-profit, 501.c3 Minnesota Corporation. The organization has over 1,300 volunteers at its two food shelf locations in the cities of Burnsville and Saint Paul, Minnesota.
We are community organization existing to extend the truth, power, and love of God to build friendships and perpetuate compassion within our communities, one life at a time.
Our mission is to serve individuals and families (our “Neighbors”) in crisis, to meet their basic needs and provide opportunities for wholeness and self-sufficiency.
Our intention is to welcome all who enter our doors as equals, respecting their dignity and accepting without judgment. We encourage those we serve to develop their capacity for independence. We are thrifty with our resources, generous in our hospitality, and responsible to the communities that support us.