Free Public Meals

Our Food Centre is located in downtown Minneapolis at 714 Park Avenue.

Public Meal Times

Monday-Friday

8:30-9 am Breakfast for women and children ONLY.
Noon-1 pm Lunch open to all.

Weekends

11:15-12:00 pm Brunch open to all.

Our Food Centre is the only public lunch program in Minneapolis open every day of the year. Staff and volunteers prepare and serve free, hot, nutritious meals to 350 men, women, and children each day.

Recent reports by the Feeding America Network of Food Banks show that while many individuals have a regular income, over 11% of those living in Hennepin County fall into the category of having low or very low food security. This number expands outside of the traditional expectation that individuals experiencing hunger are generally homeless and unemployed. Hunger Solutions reported that an average of 36% of metro area food bank visitors have at least one working individual in their household.  Research specific to House of Charity performed in the first two quarters of 2018 has revealed that at least 43% of Food Centre diners have stable housing and 18% are employed full-time, part-time, or occasionally. Our diners often have to choose between paying for housing and other necessary expenses, or buying a sustainable amount of food for themselves and their families.

When surveyed in the first half of 2018, about 40% of Food Centre diners at House of Charity stated that the meal they received at HOC would likely be the only food they consumed that day. This means that out of our average of 350 daily Food Centre diners, 140 or more would have gone without food for the day without the meal provided at the House of Charity Food Centre.

123,828 meals were served at the Food Centre in 2017.

How you can help

With the assistance of 5 to 10 volunteers at each meal, our few paid staff are able to feed more than 10,000 people each month.

Through Second Harvest Food Bank, we purchase protein, vegetables, fruits, and more at extremely reduced rates. USDA commodity foods (beans, pasta, whole chickens) can be as low as 4¢ per pound!

Charitable contributions and grants fund all our public meals. With your help, we will continue to remain as an available source of nutrition for those in need. $10 provides 20 meals. To sponsor an entire lunch service is $175 or $1,225 for one week.