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.
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.
Whether you are visiting on a Tuesday or a Saturday, our food shelf operates on a first come, first served basis. When you arrive at the Vineyard Church please park in the back parking lot and enter through the double doors. Doors open one hour ahead of distribution. In the church entryway is a sandwich board that has instructions on it; please take a moment to read it. There is also a “pull tab” ticket dispenser. On arrival take a ticket from the pull tab dispenser (you must have a ticket to be called). When you enter the building, you will see a volunteer who will check you into our database. After that, head to the waiting room and have a cup of coffee, water, and some snacks. You can also look through the free clothing on the racks in the waiting room. When we start distribution we will call numbers and service people in numerical order. On arrival, you can expect to be warmly greeted by a trusted volunteer who will keep your information confidential. If you have any special needs or if it is your birthday, please let the reception volunteer know. Depending on your number, you may have to wait up to 60 minutes to shop. We can assure you that the volunteers will do their best to get everyone through the line in a timely and efficient manner.
Once your number is called a personal shopper will assist you. They will help you through the grocery aisles to pick out your food and bag it up. If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, you can let your personal shopper know and they will accommodate the shopping based on what you need.
We offer lots of varieties of food and limited hygiene items: You will receive canned soup, vegetables, beans, and fruit; boxed dinners, pasta, and pasta sauce; breakfast items like cereal and juice, and fresh produce, meat, and dairy items. Occasionally we have pet food. You’ll receive about a week’s worth of food for your household size. Once you’ve picked out your food, volunteers will weigh your food and enter the poundage into our database to keep for our records. Finally, a volunteer will be available to help you carry your groceries to your car!
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.
Guests can come to the food shelf twice per month.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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