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House of Charity

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Food Centre Volunteering!

Volunteers, on a given week, make up a big chunk of our daily staff. Simply put, House of Charity could not operate without volunteers.

In lieu of the Coronavirus, we need help operating our Food Centre including:
    • Assisting in preparing food
    • Handing out boxed-lunches to guests
    • Keeping storage spaces organized
    • Assisting in preparing the dining room before guests arrive
    • Cleaning!



Breakfast (7 am - 9 am)

Pre-lunch Prep (9 am- 10:30 am)

Lunch 1 ( 10:30 am- 11:30 am)

Lunch 2 (11:45 am- 1:15 pm)

General Prep (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Dinner Shift (3:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

Currently, we are seeking indivdual volunteers or volunteer pairs. At this time, we are asking volunteer teams to consider offsite volunteer opportunities like assembling Winter Kits or Tie Blankets.

Coronavirus Precautions

If you decide to volunteer on-site, we ask that you bring your own face mask, bandana or other face-covering if you have one and to follow CDC recommendations to avoid the spread of this virus.

  • Bring your own face mask, bandana or other face-covering if you have one.
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 30 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash.
  • Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands


Feel free to check out our website to see what is available!

Step 1:

Create a profile.
Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRh6SgzfWs8

Step 2:

Sign up as an individual or a team.

Here is a video on how to sign up for a Volunteer Shift as an individual:

Here is a video on how to sign up to volunteer as a Team:


The mission of House of Charity is to feed those in need, house those experiencing homelessness, and empower individuals to achieve independence by transforming lives...one person at a time.


Since 1952, House of Charity has made an impact in the lives of those experiencing homelessness, and those who are hungry. The mission of the Food Centre is simple; feed all those who walk through our doors, no questions asked. This is how meal service started 60 years ago, and this is how we still operate it today. Every day of the year, we serve a hot, free, nutritious meal to over 350 men, women and children. We believe that eating a meal at the Food Centre sets our guests up for positive opportunities later that day.


With a small kitchen staff, we rely heavily on volunteers to assist us in preparing and serving our meals each day. Volunteers, on a given week, make up 60-80% of our daily staff. Simply put, House of Charity could not operate the Food Centre without your help. Because the Food Centre is funded solely by charitable donations and grants, your contribution of time is incredibly valuable, not only to us as an agency, but to those we serve.


As an industrial kitchen can provide potential hazards during a volunteer shift, House of Charity asks volunteers to follow the following policies:

  • Wear close-toed shoes to your shift
  • House of Charity will provide hairnets, gloves and aprons
  • Wear long hair back in a pony-tail to fit in hair-net
  • Inform the volunteer supervisor if you have serious food allergies


    • All volunteers must be 9 years and older
    • Volunteers younger than 14 years must be accompanied by an adult
    • Volunteers 16 + years can use a knife while wearing cutting gloves
    • Volunteers 18 + years can be trained on appliances (dishwasher etc.)

You can find additional policies in the volunteer handbook

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About House of Charity


510 S. 8th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404, US

Mission Statement

To feed those in need, house those experiencing homelessness and empower individuals to achieve independence.


Right from the start, in the early 1950s, House of Charity has been about transforming lives...one person at a time. Our founder, Brother de Paul, responded to the need he saw around him by providing food and shelter to the poor in Minneapolis. Since its beginnings on Nicollet Island, House of Charity has been located at several sites in downtown Minneapolis, and moved to its current location at 510 South 8th Street in 1976. Once a hotel, the building now houses 116 men and women who have experienced homelessness.

One of our primary goals is to help struggling individuals meet their basic human needs of food and shelter while reducing barriers to their long-term self-sufficiency.

We do this by providing:

  • Daily Free Public Meals at our Food Centre
  • Transitional Housing
  • Permanent Supportive Housing
  • Chemical and Mental Health Treatment
  • Public Showers
Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


714 Park Ave SMinneapolis,, MN 55404



  • Cooking / Catering
  • Food Service


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 9

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