Welcome

to the Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf

The Fruit of the Vine food shelf is one way that we as a church get to express the beautiful compassion of Jesus. We value creating a warm and hospitable environment where everyone is welcome. If you are in need in any way, please come to our food shelf! You will receive about a week’s worth of food each visit as well as get to interact with our incredible team of volunteers. We exist to build bridges of friendship and allow Jesus to walk across them.

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Anyone! We want to love and serve people no matter what their life looks like right now. There are no location or financial requirements you have to meet to get food from Fruit of the Vine. 

We are open twice a week, every week on Tuesday from 6-8 and Saturday from 9:30-11:30am. 

We are currently operating as a hybrid food shelf offering a drive-thru and an indoor shopping option. Guests drive to the back of our building and form one line in the upper-back lot. A volunteer will guide you through the check-in process and direct you toward the appropriate place depending on if you would like to continue through the drive-thru or park or go inside to choose certain foods. If you are on foot, simply come to the back doors of the building during our operating hours and we will assist you.

First-time guests are asked to bring a form of identification for each member of their household. Once your household is in our system, we will only ask for one person’s ID (typically the person picking up food). Forms of ID could be a Driver’s license, medical card, School ID, Piece of mail, or Social Security card, etc. Most documents with a name printed on them will qualify. 

We will continue to offer unlimited visits through April 30. Beginning on May 1, guests may come to the food shelf twice per month until further notice.

Please let the check-in volunteer know if you have dietary restrictions, we are happy to accommodate. 

If you can’t make it to the food shelf yourself, you can send someone as your “proxy” to pick up on your behalf. They need to bring a copy of your ID or a signed note from you confirming you’ve given them permission to pick up for you. If they are receiving food as well, they can pick it up for you and themselves.

There are some public transportation options for getting to our food shelf. The DTA has routes that regularly come to Kenwood plaza, about a block away. Call the DTA at 218-722-7283, and someone will help you find a route to us. If you can’t afford the bus, call the county and explain your situation. Call 218-726-2101 to ask for an intake to see about getting a social worker or case manager that might be able to get you access to financial assistance or a bus pass if you qualify. If you are disabled in a way that makes it so you can’t use the DTA, you can take STRIDE through the DTA. Call 218-722-3327 for more info.

Guests who are homebound due to COVID restrictions or who are unable to get to our food shelf can submit a delivery request form here: https://forms.gle/ybmEW9LWdwt1SUfdA. This is not a guaranteed service, although we try very hard to get to every request. We ask that this service is reserved only for those who are in need of it, and anyone who is able to come to our food shelf or have someone pick up in proxy for them during our operating hours do so. Guests who submit requests can expect to hear from a volunteer or staff member within a week about the status of their request or to coordinate a food drop-off. This service is based on volunteer availability, so we recommend exploring other emergency food options if your need is urgent. 

During your visit, you may be asked if you would like prayer. Our volunteers love to pray for people! We know that we all struggle in this life and that we all need to lean on God to get through it. We would love to hear your prayer requests and pray for you right on the spot. Don’t worry, we won’t do anything hokey! We just want to invite Jesus to come bring peace and healing into your life. We will never force or coerce you to receive prayer, nor will you ever, under any circumstance, be denied food because of your desire to not participate in getting prayer. But we always want to offer the opportunity for prayer if you do so desire. We hope that you feel loved and welcomed at the food shelf, and experience the love and compassion of Jesus through your experience.

In addition to your monthly visit to the food shelf, you can come and receive different types of fresh bulk produce at Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf on the 4th Friday of every month 9:30-10:30am. The Fresh Produce Giveaway is a partnership of Fruit of the Vine Community Food Shelf and Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank.

Our Facebook page is an excellent resource to keep up-to-date with what’s happening at our food shelf. You can follow us here: https://www.facebook.com/duluthFOTV/. Typically, we will announce closures 2 months in advance on our Facebook page and through flyers or signage at the food shelf. 

If you have more questions after looking through each of the categories listed on our website, someone would love to chat with you. You can call us at 218-525-3462 or email us at [email protected]

Food Delivery Service

We are temporarily accepting requests for food shelf delivery due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We have a limited number of spots available, so we ask that if you are able to make it to the food shelf, or send someone to pick up for you, during our normal hours with a signed note or copy of your ID, please do so. If you do need this service, then we invite you to fill out the form! Unfortunately not all requests will be fulfilled due to limited volunteer availability, but we will contact you by phone if we are able to fulfill your request within a week! If you have not been contacted, it means we are unable to fulfill your request at this time.

You can find our greivance policy here.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistant program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/ complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email [email protected]

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.