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House of Charity


Shelf of Hope: Packing & Truck Day (8:00AM - 12:00PM) (November 2020 - February 2020)

House of Charity hosts a food shelf every Wednesday that is open to all, from 10:00AM - 1:00PM. It is called, The Shelf of Hope! This food shelf also delivers food bags to three different apartment buildings, every Tuesday, and needs help with that.

The Shelf of Hope is currently operated by two permanent volunteers: Mary and Kate. With only two hands on deck, they need all the help they can get, particularly on Mondays.

Typically, a truck comes every other Monday to drop off a pallet of food items. Mary and Kate need assistance breaking down, unloading, and putting away heavy items. You would be outside bringing items inside using a cart or other device. We are seeking strong individuals capable of bending down, stooping, and lifting heavy items. We also need help packing up bags of food afterwards.

Ideally, we could use some help on a regular basis. I understand it is challenging to schedule consistently these days, so any time you have to offer would be fantastic!

Please contact Noah Chan, the Community Engagement Coordinator, if you have any questions or concerns at n.chan@houseofcharity.org

To sign up for shifts, click HERE

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


    • All volunteers in the food shelf must be 9 years and older (contact Noah directly for younger volunteer options)
    • Volunteers younger than 14 years must be accompanied by an adult


For teams with 3 or more youth under the age of 14 years, there must be at least 2 adults. The ratio of youth to adults should be 3:2. For example, 6 youth should be accompanied by 4 adults.

You can find additional policies in the volunteer handbook


1 slot = 1 person. Please make sure if you are planning to bring more than yourself that you sign up as a team, and reserve the number of slots equivalent to your team!


While we welcome you to take photos of your group to remember your experience and share with others, please be mindful not to include any of our residents or community members. Our residents specifically have expressed being uncomfortable around volunteers taking photos.


To ensure we qualify for TEFAP (a federal program ran by The Food Group) we need to make sure that all of our volunteers signify that they have read the information in our volunteer waiver (Labeled "I have read and agree to the volunteer waiver" at the end of the registration process.) These include basics on civil rights.

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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,Minneapolis,, MN 55404



  • Food Delivery / Distribution
  • Food Service


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 9
  • 4 hours
  • Must be capable of bending down, stooping, and lifting heavy items.

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