Community Meals is Hennepin Avenue UMC’s hunger and hospitality program

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community meals

Due to COVID-19, the Community Meals program has been held differently than listed below. Hennepin Avenue UMC and volunteers continue to support the program on our regular monthly schedule, but in a modified manner at a temporary location.
Community Meals is temporarily being served at: Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis

Watch the video for a peek into a November 2021 Community Meals event. For more information about the program and volunteer opportunities, read below!

about community meals

Community Meals is Hennepin Avenue UMC’s hunger and hospitality program.  For over 26 years, we’ve been part of a downtown church consortium committed to providing a hot meal on Sunday evenings to low-income and homeless people. Hennepin participates in hosting the Community Meals program on the first and fifth Sundays of the month.

50-60 volunteers welcome 225-450 guests to a delicious dinner. In addition to dinner, guests may also visit our “Giveaway Shelf” and receive free shelf-stable pantry items, toiletries, socks and underwear.



Volunteers of all ages and abilities find fun, fulfilling work at Community Meals. It’s a true ministry of joy and welcome. As a parent you can be a role model for your kids. Or, it’s a great way to volunteer with a group of friends or meet a whole new group of terrific people.

You don’t need to be a church member to volunteer. All are welcome. You can work one meal a year or more. The time commitment is a minimum of 2 hours per meal.

No matter what role you choose, training is provided on the day of the event!

  • Waiter (we have table service)
  • Beverage server (a great job for young children)
  • Kitchen server
  • Dishwasher
  • Cook (requires more than the 2-hour time commitment)
  • Giveaway Shelf worker
  • Entertainer (pianist, singer, or whatever moves you!)


If being present at the meal does not interest you, please consider supporting this important hunger outreach with your prayers and donations. To volunteer,  call 612-871-5303 and ask for the Community Meals voice mail.


Due to COVID-19, the Community Meals and Ve-Touch programs have been held differently than listed on this page. While Community Meals has not yet returned to Hennepin Avenue UMC (see above for temporary location),

Ve-Touch HAS returned to Hennepin Avenue UMC!

Ve-Touch: Free Veterinary Clinic during Community Meals

On the FIRST SUNDAY of the month, University of Minnesota veterinary students provide free vaccines and preventatives for guests’ pets. This is done through a student organization called VeTouch. The VeTouch group does NOT offer clinics on the fifth Sunday of the month when we are serving our meal.

For more information about appointments, services, and what’s required you can email the clinic at:

Want to learn about the partnership we have with the University of MN Veterinary School? Click here to read more about the VeTouch program.

Ve-Touch will set up their clinic by appointment only on the following dates:
August 7th 2022, September 4th 2022, October 2nd 2022, November 6th 2022, & December 4th 2022


How it works: VeTouch Clinic operates from 12 noon-4pm most first-Sundays of the month. Pre-scheduled appointments are at 12 and at 1:00pm. Will start seeing walk-in appointments at 12pm. Intake will start at 12:00 for the walk-in but it is recommended that people arrive early. There are 14 prescheduled appointments and 14 walk-ins for a total of 28 pets. Animals are dropped off when called, and owners wait in their car or out on the lawn under provided tents. Animals are seen in the lower level of the Education wing. Check-in is by walk-up in the circle drive.

Please read more about clinic policies, qualifications, and services provided by clicking here.