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Feed. House. Empower. House of Charity T-Shirts

Organized by Lesley Chester
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Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt

Help Us Feed Those in Need in Minneapolis!

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All funds raised will go directly to HOUSE OF CHARITY INC .
29 items sold
$340 raised
150 goal
Thanks to our supporters!
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Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt
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  • Feed. House. Empower. House of Charity T-Shirts Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
Organized by Lesley Chester

About this campaign

Proceeds from the t-shirts will support House of Charity's Food Centre. The Food Centre, located at 714 Park Avenue, serves free meals to the public 365 days a year and is the only free lunch program in Minneapolis that is open seven days a week.

On average, 11,500 meals are served each month, with daily public participation of 350 people (on average). Breakfast is served every weekday to women, children, and men with children. Lunch is served every day to anyone who walks through our doors, no questions asked.

Some people find out about other House of Charity programs through the Food Centre, and end up securing housing, case management and/or treatment because they came for a meal. In 2015, ourFood Centre provided 130,827 meals to those in need.


A strong relationship with Second Harvest Food Bank and a new connection to General Mills have provided the Food Centre with access to large quantities of fresh food. Recently, General Mills donated nearly 1,000 pounds of cubed beef - a versatile food item that we used to create many meals. Staff members have been successful at securing donated food from a variety of other sources as well, always finding creative ways to incorporate the donations into tasty and nutritious meals. These donations, combined with the work of nearly 2,000 volunteers each year (who donate about 4,000 hours of their time), keeps the cost of each meal low, an average of 50 cents per meal served.

Most importantly, the proceeds from these t-shirts will help ensure that everyone who comes to the Food Centre for a meal has access to fresh, healthy, & made from scratch food in a clean, safe, & respectful environment.

The 2014 Hunger in America survey conducted by the Feeding America Network revealed that 11.6% of people in Hennepin County are food insecure (136,920 people). Of these individuals, 59% are living below the SNAP threshold of 165% poverty. This means that more Minnesotans have to choose between putting food on the table or paying their rent & other critical expenses. We are seeing this firsthand. People are eating with us more frequently (62% come 5-7 times/week), more of our diners are employed (47% are employed full-time, part-time, or occasionally), 42% have stable housing, & 58% said they would have had nothing at all to eat that day without the meal at the Centre.

Staff have described hearing the stories of people who are barely making it financially, & need the free meals in order to keep their housing.

Julia is one such guest. She shared her story because she wanted us to know the impact we have on her life: “I can get free food here & that allows me to save money for rent.”



Julia is a single woman. She has her own studio apartment. With two part-time jobs, she works from four to six days each week. After she pays the rent from her earnings, she has $70 left over for the month, the equivalent of $2.33 each day for food, toiletries & other personal items, etc. Julia relies on the Food Centre for her meals, eating with us six to seven times per week.



Staff have continued to develop the Centre as a “community dining center.” The menu includes healthy & fresh food, as well as ethnic food. Almost all food is prepared from scratch, reducing the cost of meals & increasing its nutritional content.



House of Charity’s mission is: Feed those in need, house those experiencing homelessness, and empower individuals to achieve independence.

To learn more, visit: https://www.houseofcharity.org/


Supporters

Anonymous 2 items
Elizabeth Tollefson 1 item

We have volunteered at HofCh many times and are so happy to be blessed at the chance to work with and for such a wonderful group of people and patrons!

Ron 1 item
Anonymous 1 item
Anonymous 1 item
Bert 4 items
Rod B 1 item

HOC and the food center do such wonderful work. Everyone should feel blessed to have them in the community.

Deets 1 item
Lesley Chester 1 item

House of Charity is an amazing organization providing a vital service for people experiencing homelessness in Minneapolis!!

Bill Kocke 2 items

Alumni of the House of Charity. Such great work they do in helping people rebuild their lives.

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