With your support, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Twin Cities continues to minister to those most in need throughout our community. After nearly a year of distributing Famers to Families Food Boxes throughout the Twin Cities, the USDA ended that program, but not before the local St. Vincent de Paul Society delivered 10.8 million pounds of fresh food to hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans in need!
Vinnie’s Hope Food Program, a ministry of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, has resumed normal operations. Volunteer packing events prepare boxes of produce, dairy, meat and dry goods for the weekly Minneapolis distribution and weekend inner-city Free Stores. With some federal unemployment benefits coming to an end, need for Vinnie's Hope may likely increase, at least in the short term.
St. Vincent de Paul Parish Conference members are also once again conducting in-person home visits when called. Home visits to those struggling with short-term or chronic poverty, death of a loved-one, loneliness or other overwhelming challenges are a foundation of the Society. These connections are critical, even lifesaving, to the clients served.
Students and other new thrift shoppers are driving demand at both the Minneapolis and St. Paul Thrift Stores. As a result, the St. Vincent de Paul Society has hired additional employees.
Even while celebrating successes, the Society is also experiencing serious Volunteer Fatigue. Volunteers go above and beyond their calling, with some having joined the weekly food distribution for more than 65 continuous weeks! If you or someone you know would like to answer the call to volunteer, you're invited to visit www.svdpmpls.org to register.