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Like everyone in our community, we too at Open Arms are experiencing the dramatic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. From changing our daily operations to canceling fundraisers to altering our delivery methods, everything is changing. But please rest assured that we are closely following official guidelines (from the CDC and the MN Department of Health) and state/federal recommendations and orders, all in order to continue our primary mission: to cook and deliver free, healthy meals to our clients in need.

Key points:

  • Open Arms is considered an “essential” business and is part of the Twin Cities’ critical sector response to COVID-19. With this understanding, we can and will continue to operate and deliver meals to our clients with life-threatening illnesses and compromised immune systems.
  • We are taking all precautionary measures to ensure the safety of our community, which includes our clients, volunteers, staff, and more.
  • We have received many emails and phone calls from the Open Arms’ community asking how they can help our clients during the pandemic. The best way to help at the moment is to donate. Your donations will ensure that we can continue providing emergency bags of shelf-stable food for our clients and their families, delivering medically-tailored meals to the increasing number of clients who need our help, and stocking our supplies so we can be there for our clients when they need us most.

General Group Volunteer information:

We have fun, flexible group opportunities in the kitchen, on delivery, and at the farm, as well as special opportunities for events and projects.

Whether you’re looking for a one-time experience or an ongoing shift, we’ll work with you to find a opportunity that fits your group.

To get started, please email our staff:

To learn more about our group opportunities and schedule your event please contact us at

We have shifts for groups available Monday through Saturday. We can accommodate groups ranging between 8–25 members, and shifts typically last 2.5 hours. Here’s a sampling of our opportunities:

  • One-time: Choose a single shift or set of shifts for your group.
  • Ongoing: Select a daily, weekly, or monthly shift for your whole group or take turns attending.
  • Become a satellite delivery hub: A member of your group picks up multiple routes from Open Arms, then distributes them to multiple drivers at your location, and these drivers deliver the meals on short routes to clients located near you.
  • Other opportunities: Help with special events, decorate delivery bags, run a cereal drive, and more.​ If you have ideas for how you’d like to work with us, we would love to hear them!

Learn about the volunteer opportunities available at Open Arms

Location: 2550 Bloomington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Ages: We welcome kids ages 6 to 16 with some conditions and special circumstances.
Date(s): Monday – Saturday
Time(s): Varies
Contact: or 612-872-1152
Time Commitment: Varies


With Open Arms, we nourish body, mind and soul.

It’s a simple notion: people who are sick should not be without food. Yet it happens every day that people in our community with life-threatening illnesses find themselves unable to shop or cook — and, often, without the support network to help.  That’s where we come in. Open Arms is the only nonprofit organization in Minnesota that cooks and delivers free meals specifically tailored to meet the nutrition needs of individuals living with HIV/AIDS, MS, ALS, breast cancer and more than 60 other diseases. We also work with communities in sub-Saharan Africa, providing food and technical assistance for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Open Arms is also unique in its phenomenal community of donors and more than 1,900 volunteers — the folks who work with us every day, ensuring that we continue to do our work with enthusiasm, joy and success.  Open Arms relies on the tremendous dedication of our 1,900 volunteers for every aspect of our operations – we could not function without them. Our volunteers tell us that they love working with Open Arms because they get to see the tangible impact of their work, whether they handle vegetables in the kitchen or hand food directly to a person in need.

Join us and make a profound difference in the lives of our clients while having fun and meeting others. We have a wide variety of opportunities and will work with you to find the perfect fit for your skills, interests and availability.

Learn about the volunteer opportunities available at Open Arms:

Delivering Meals
Take delicious food and a friendly face to our client’s door.

Cooking Meals
Work with our chefs to prepare nutritious entrees, soups, and baked goods.

Be the face of Open Arms as a receptionist, help our staff with administrative projects and volunteer at special events. Contact Ellen for more information about these opportunities.

At our urban farms:
Grow tasty veggies for our kitchen and meet new people. From April to November, help us plant, prune, weed, and harvest at our multiple urban gardens throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul. Youth as young as 6 are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Location: 2550 Bloomington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Ages: We welcome kids ages 6 to 16 with some conditions and special circumstances.
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: or 612-872-1152
Time Commitment: Varies



August 20, 2012

These are examples of what an Elementary School community can accomplish in one night/day! Thanks to our volunteers, generous donations, and local School Districts families for making it happen.



Two Wayzata boys have spent their summers organizing a charity junior golf tournament that help raise money for local non-profit organizations that help youth in need right here in the western suburbs. Over 60 golfers participate annually in this golf tournament held at Pioneer Creek Golf Club. With the help of sponsors and donations of prizes and money, the boys are able to give non-profit organizations both money and non-perishable food items.
2015: 106 lbs of food and $400 for 3 different organizations
2016: 338 lbs of food & $2,179 for Second Harvest Heartland
2017: 147 lbs of food & $2,363 for The Food Group
2018: $2,205 for Open Arms
2019: $2,010 for Open Arms

This has been a great learning experience for these Wayzata students.  They couldn’t have done it without all theses junior golfers, it more than exceeded their expectations. It’s a great story of middle and high school students doing some good during their summer vacation.

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“I am beyond grateful for the amazing opportunity I had this summer to work with the Hope Center and the kids of Maple Hill through Westside Communities in Action. I truly enjoyed showing up every single day and building relationships with the kids and staff. It made me realize my passion for working with kids and how blessed I am to have been a part of this program. Thank you! I hope to come back during the school year to help my new friends with their homework.”

“We contacted Senior Community Services to see what service projects our hockey team could do this Fall.  They connected us with a senior who just recently came home from the hospital and was in need of raking her entire yard…80 garbage bags later and her yard was leaf free.  She was grateful for the boys help!” -Marcy

The Prism Birthday Party was really fun because it was something different to do with my friends.” – Chloe

“The Hope for the City/Matter exhibit was great for the kds to see how they can impact poverty through volunteer work” -Mary

I really enjoyed FB4K!!  I plan on volunteering again, and doing repair tune stuff to the bikes in the next few weeks.  I think John was pretty amazed at it as well.” -Dave

“Our hockey team volunteered at Free Bikes For Kids warehouse in Hopkins.  They were busy moving bikes to the cleaning station, then they cleaned over 50 bikes to get ready for the tune up station.  The boys had a blast!” -Lynn