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Double your impact by volunteering to not only serve a meal to our residents or the larger community, but ALSO provide a donation to cover the cost of the food!

This is great for large groups who can split the cost among everyone:

Breakfast (Average 45 served) = $31.95
Community & Resident Lunch (Average 225 served) = $159.75
Meals for a full day (Average 275 served) = $195.25
Meals for an entire week (Average 1,918 served) = $1,361.78
Meals for an entire Month (Average 5,447 served) = $5,901.05
Details about serving-



Breakfast (7:00 am- 9:00 am) NEW!

Brunch Shift (10:30 am- 12:30 pm)

Weekend Prep (3:30 - 4:30) NEW!

Dinner Shift ( 4:45 -6 pm)


Breakfast (7 am - 9 am)

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

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

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

General Prep (2 pm- 4 pm)

Dinner Shift ( 4:45 -6 pm)



The mission of House of Charity is to feed those in need, house those experiencing homelessness, and empower individuals to achieve independence by transforming 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 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


We'll work with your schedule.


714 Park Ave SMinneapolis,, MN 55404



  • Food Service


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group



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