Loaves & Fishes

Agency Description:
Our History

Our Minnesota free meal program began 36 years ago, in 1982, with one dining site each in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Since that time, we have grown to serving 2,000 meals daily, are present in seven Minnesota counties, and are the largest “open to the public” meal program in the state.

Our Mission

We serve free, healthy meals to people in need in areas where that need is greatest. Our enhanced mission emphasizes nutrition in every meal, which includes a local farm-to-table approach during Minnesota’s growing season. We are always guided by our vision that all people, regardless of socioeconomic, cultural or ethnic background, deserve to meet their basic needs for food, dignity and respect. We serve without regard to religious perspective and do not engage in activities that promote any particular religious cause.

Position Description:

Volunteers work together at our dining sites, along with Loaves & Fishes staff, to share a meal with our guests.

Volunteers can serve in one or each of the following ways:

  • Meal preparation: Volunteers work at the dining sites with Loaves & Fishes Site Coordinators to prepare meals. No special cooking skills are required!
  • Meal serving & clean up: Volunteers work together to serve the meal, either serving guests as they come through a line or by serving trays of food to guests at tables. Volunteers help throughout the meal as well as after the meal to assist with kitchen and dining area clean up.
  • Guest Hospitality: Some individuals serve as hospitality volunteers by visiting with guests, sharing a meal and conversation.


26 locations throughout the Twin Cities Metro and outstate, including sites in Bloomington and Richfield.

How to Apply:

Sign up for shifts at Loaves & Fishes locations listed online by day of the week or location:  http://www.loavesandfishesmn.org/volunteer.html

If you have questions you may contact Lonny Evans, Director of Volunteers: 952-223-7223 or Volunteer@loavesandfishesmn.org


Note about Tracking Hours: 

Volunteers must get a Loaves and Fishes or Normandale timesheet signed each time they volunteer or they can get a Normandale timesheet signed.  Students can pick up a Normandale timesheet in the Center for Experiential Education in C1066 or can download a timesheet online at www.normandale.edu/cee under “Key Partners.” Loaves and Fishes does not keep track of volunteer hours centrally so you must get a timesheet signed each time you volunteer.  Turn in completed timesheets to the Center for Experiential Education (C1066).