Chef Aguilera announces the Spring Spree dinner plan

You bacon lovers are going to overload on the herb flavored cream cheese bacon-wrapped chicken breasts dinner entre Chef David Aguilera has in mind!  He plans to accompany it with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and a bed of Asparagus with Red Peppers. Of course dessert follows.

Get your tickets early to ensure a table at the Spring Spree!

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FOSTAR Communications presents the 6th Annual Summer Swing Golf Classic

Vineyard Community Services has partnered with Title Sponsor FOSTAR Communications to present the 6th Annual FOTV Summer Swing Golf Classic charity tournament. This a critical fund raiser for Vineyard Community Services to benefit the Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf, one of Minnesota’s largest hunger relief organizations.

Bremer Bank and CFS Flooring, returning sponsors continue to support FOTV, bringing leadership and volunteers, ensuring the success of this premier golf fundraising event in Dakota County. Event Chairperson and Bremer employee, Julie Berglund states, “Once again this year we are working to create a fun-filled memorable event that will attract new sponsors and golfers from all walks of life.  Fundraising and volunteering for the Fruit of the Vine to support hunger relief in our neighborhoods is a priority for us all.”

We encourage you to sign up in March as a sponsor, donor, and/or golfer to ensure your spot on our roster.  The benefit of making your commitment to the 6th Annual FOTV Summer Swing Golf Classic in March is that sponsor and golf registration fees support the March Minnesota Foodshare Campaign with the opportunity for a matching grant … increasing your financial impact to the Fruit of the Vine.

The tournament will begin with registration at 10:30 am and lunch buffet with a shotgun start at noon on July 9th at the Crystal Lake Golf Course. To reserve your foursome for a great day of golf that includes a buffet lunch, raffles, silent auction, and reception click action button below.

Coming Events in 2018 – Spring Spree March 24th

January to March is a great time to donate to the Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf for the following reasons:

  • March donations are matched as part of the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign
  • January to April are usually very slow months for Vineyard Community Services from a donation perspective; we’re trying to transition from that
  • Winters are generally slow in food donations from our awesome grocery store donors

This year, Vineyard Community Services is putting on the Spring Spree Fund Raising Event on Saturday March 24th from 6pm to 8:30pm at the South Metro Vineyard Church venue. This family friendly evening of fun and food provides an opportunity for our supporters to get out and share an evening of support and fellowship for the cause.

Please consider purchasing a ticket for the evening ($20 in advance and $25 at the door) by clicking HERE and enjoy the fabulous meal plan by Chef David Aguilera, with entertainment by Burnsville local magician Larry Kahlow followed by our local silent auction and raffle from the Dakota County communities.

This being an annual event, we always have such great feedback from the participants that join us for our Annual Spring Spree. We always try to bring something new every year and this year we have new things in store. You won’t want to miss it. And all for a great cause!

Upcoming are several other great support opportunities:

  • U.S. Postal Food Drive, Saturday May 12th, many volunteers will be needed as we sort, quality check and box over 60,000 pounds of locally donated food
  • Summer Swing Charity Golf Tournament, July 9th, held at the Crystal Lake Golf Course; register here
  • Family Festival and Back to School Drive, August 18th
  • November 5th is our annual Winter Charity Bowling Tournament

Please plan to join one or all these events!


Here are a few memories from last year…

The Fruit of the Vine Food Shelves will be closed on…


The volunteers at the Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf are taking a break on the following dates:


Monday, January 1st (New Years)

Tuesday, January 2nd


Good Friday, March 30th

Saturday, March 31st


Saturday, May 26th

Monday, May 28th (Memorial Day)

Tuesday, May 29th


Tuesday, July 3rd

Wednesday, July 4th (Independence Day)


Saturday, September 1st (Labor Day Holiday)

Monday, September 3rd (Labor Day)

Tuesday, September 4th


Thursday, November 22nd (Thanksgiving)

Friday, November 23rd

Saturday, November 24th


Tuesday, December 25th (Christmas)

Wednesday, December 26th

  New Year 2019

Tuesday, January 1st

Wednesday, January 2nd

Year-end Giving 2017

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

Giving Is an Act of Worship!  All that we have has been entrusted to us by God. Jesus knows us so well. He knows that our hearts are tied to our wallets and purses. Giving back to God a portion of what he has given us is an act of worship and trust in a God who loves and cares for us. At Vineyard Community Services, we express this truth (worshiping through our giving) by gathering together as a community to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support the ministry of the Kingdom of God, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations, as we strive to honor the Lord with the “first fruits” (Proverbs 3:9) of all our labor.

Here are several ways you can give financially to Vineyard Community Services:

  • Mail your contribution to the VCS office: Vineyard Community Services, 13798 Parkwood Drive, Burnsville, MN, 55337
  • Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to automatically move an amount you specify from your checking account to the Fruit of the Vine bank account on a regular basis. Contact our office at 952-595-5980 ext 112 to get started; or go online by clicking here.
  • Online Giving, which is quick, easy and secure. Click here to access our secure server. You can also access our PayPal giving account by clicking here.
  • Bank Initiated Checks sent directly to Vineyard Community Services (similar to a bill pay)
  • Stock and other Non-Cash Donations. Contact Executive Director Brian Geraty (952-595-5980 ext 106)
  • Planned Giving. If you would like to discuss making plans for your estate, Contact Brian Geraty (952-595-5980 ext 106)

Fruit of the Vine Saint Paul Opened

La Vina de Saint Paul is opened the Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf on Saturday November 25th. The doors are opened at 9am and the service starts at 9:30am and ends at 11:30am. Pastor Ulises Bello said We are happy to serve the communities of Saint Paul, we invite the needy to stop by to be served. This is just who we are as a church! Bendiciones!

Volunteers can join the launch team at the food shelf by coming 30 minutes before opening (8:30am to 9am). We will provide orientation and training and get you started!

The Fruit of the Vine Saint Paul operates as a ‘client choice’ style where our Neighbors (you) shop for their groceries with a grocery cart.

The Sustainer’s Club

Now you can share your heart and show your support with an ongoing contribution using the

The Sustainers Club”

This convenient and secure way to give will help us provide consistent support and decreased costs enabling us to apply your generosity directly where it is needed most, fighting hunger in our own backyard.

The Sustainer’s Club is designed to fit your giving budget allowing you to spread your gift over 12 months or more and realize the full amount in year-end tax benefits.

No matter the amount you wish to share, your generosity will earn you the gratitude of thousands of neighbors in need. Each month, for the cost of a pair of movie tickets, you could make a significant and meaningful difference in the life of a family struggling to put food on the table.

Here’s how it works:

Just visit our Donation page, and fill out the membership form. It’s really that simple.

  • You determine the amount of your monthly donation and you can alter or discontinue at any time.
  • Your account is automatically charged on or around the same date each month and you’ll receive a receipt and an email confirmation.
  • Each January, you’ll receive an annual giving statement for your tax purposes.
  • You’ll also receive our quarterly newsletter with updates and information important to the communities we serve.

Certainly one-time gifts and other giving plans can be accommodated and are greatly appreciated. Your generosity brings hope to the hungry and changes the lives of the neighbors we serve.


Amazon Smile

Greetings and hopes for a great holiday season,

At this time of the year many of you are buying gifts for loved ones. Many of you may use to purchase a lot of those gifts. Did you know that wants to give a portion of your sale (.5%) to the charity of your choice? It’s True! has created a site called Amazon Smile you will find it on the web at Amazon Smile is the same as, it has the same products, prices and services including AmazonPrime.

Amazon has made taking advantage of this program very easy. For those of you who already have an account it’s as simple as:

  1. Type into your browser search.
  2. Sign in by using your regular email address and password.
  3. When it asks you what charity you would like Amazon to contribute to type in Vineyard Community Services
  4. When a list of charities pops up choose the one that is Vineyard Community services located in Burnsville, MN
  5. Amazon Smile will either email you or offer next to let you down load a button to your preferred browser so that whenever you want to order from Amazon you can go directly to and take advantage of the support they will give Vineyard Community Service.

Vineyard Community Service (VCS) is hoping you will consider participating in the AmazonSmile program. Thank you so much for your consideration and support.  May God continue to bless you and your generous heart.

Volunteering at Vineyard Community Services

People come to volunteer at VCS for many reasons, we have regular volunteers who are giving back to the community, others feel compelled to serve, some on community service, others walking out their faith and many for the fellowship and fun of serving. They come from various ethnicities and cultures and from all generations, young and old. This diversity makes volunteering so cool. Last night we had the whole world come to us, not only in our Neighbors we served, but also in the volunteers that served.

I’m reminded of Matthew 5:16 …let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Everything we do and give is from God, for His people as an expression of His love. Despite living in this fallen world, we have the Hope of Glory found in Jesus.

As Kingdom of God people, doing good works, helping others, giving, loving, and serving in Jesus’ name—these are our way of life. They are not optional activities, but the very reason God has given us life in Christ.

In a changing world, God has called and empowered us to pursue a life that reaches out to others and honors Him.[ninja_form id=1]