Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf
When is the food shelf open?
We are open 9:30-11:30am on every Saturday & 6-8pm every Tuesdays. If you come through the doors anytime between those times, you will be served! The food shelf will be closed the Saturday after thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and on New Years.
Where do I go?
When you arrive to the Vineyard Church, come to the back of our building where our food shelf is located. There you will see glass double doors that have a sign stating our food shelf hours and some helpful reminders, like the information you see here about how the food shelf works. The glass doors will remain locked until the food shelf opens. You must wait in your car until we are open. If you do not have a car to wait in, let’s chat! You can verify your need with a volunteer and request to wait inside during set up at 9am Saturdays and 5:30pm on Tuesdays.
How it Works
Our food shelf operates on a first come, first served basis. Some guests choose to come very early to save their “spot”. Though this is not necessary, we will serve the guests that choose to arrive early in the order of who came and remains waiting in our parking lot. Unfortunately, we do not have staff or volunteers here early enough to know who was here and waiting in what order, so in order to save you from waiting in a physical line outside the door, guests can work together to make a list of who came in what order so that you can wait in your cars. If you put your name on a list with other guests, you must be waiting in the parking lot from the time you write your name to the time we call your name to receive your number. If you leave, we will give the number to the next person waiting.We serve everyone in line and promise to do our best to make sure that each family will get the same amount of food proportional to household size.
When you enter the building, you will see an intake desk in the hallway and your number will be called by the intake volunteer. When you approach the desk, you can expect to be warmly greeted by a trusted volunteer who will keep your information confidential. At the completion of the intake process, you will be given a “household size” card that will state the number of people in your household which will determine the amount of food you will receive.
After you have been registered, you will enter the food shelf waiting area. Help yourself to free coffee, water, and treats if they are available on the table. Then make yourself comfortable and chat with the other guests until you see your number get closer on the screen in the waiting room. 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 closer on the screen in the waiting room, you will head into the food shelf to pick out your food with a personal shopper that will assist you. They will guide you through the grocery aisles to pick out your food.
We offer lots of varieties of food. 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. 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!
What do I need to bring?
For your first visit, you’ll be asked to provide an ID for yourself and all members of your household. Acceptable identification include a drivers license, birth certificate, social security card, passport, or state ID. You will not be expected to show proof of address or income verification. If it’s your first time, you will be asked to fill out a short form that verifies your eligibility to receive government commodities. At subsequent visits, you will only need to bring your own ID and the check-in process will go much quicker.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Our staff and volunteers can accommodate based on what food we have available. If you have any dietary restrictions, just let your personal shopper know and they will help you avoid those items and supplement them with others that fit into your diet.
What if I have other questions?
The intake volunteer can answer any questions you have about the Fruit of the Vine and the Vineyard Church. If you have questions during the week, you can call the office at 218-525-3462.
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. Our hope is that you feel loved and welcomed at the food shelf, and experience the love and compassion of Jesus through your experience.
Fresh Produce Giveaway
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.
Is the food shelf ever closed?
On some holidays, the food shelf is closed. However, we will post that on our website and facebook page, and have reminders for typically 2 months in advance in the food shelf, so you will know when a food shelf closure date is coming.
We can’t wait to meet you!
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