Helping Neighbors Get Through Tough Times
Individuals and families turning to the Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf often come in crisis and stay to build stability. Sudden issues like job or transportation loss or medical crises cause food and/or housing insecurity, which all weaken the stability of a household.
The Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf offers basic needs support, and crisis and resource assistance. These services are designed to relieve immediate stress for low-income neighbors while also helping them build a more stable foundation for their future. Services are provided form our East Saint Paul location, and our Burnsville location is now closed.
Details on our Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf can be found below.
Fruit of the Vine is such a blessing to my family. God bless you for being so dedicated and caring. I wish you a very Merry Christmas! May God's peace be with you through this busy season. -Kimberly
Fruit of the Vine Saint Paul
Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf (FOTV) is located at 1280 Arcade Street, Saint Paul MN 55106, inside First Covenant Church. Our distribution is on Saturday mornings starting at 9am. We close when we run out of food or 12pm, which ever comes first. The earlier you visit, the better!
FOTV is a partnership with the ministry of La Vina de Saint Paul Church.
It is the desire of every volunteer of FOTV that you feel safe and blessed. We think of you as our neighbor and use that term in our communications.
We know that going someplace new can be confusing and hard, and the decision to visit a food shelf may be an even more difficult new thing to do. This article will help you to know what to expect.
NOTE: Our food shelf will change over time, but this is a look at how we have done our food shelf during Covid 19 restrictions. As restrictions lessen, some of this might look different.
As you enter the building, you will use the doors to the left of the main entrance; look for the sign, it will make everything clear. Upon entering, you will be welcomed by a friendly volunteer and receive everything you might need for a safe visit. We do ask that you wear a mask at this time but if you do not have one, we can supply one for you. Hand sanitizer is available upon entrance and at the intake tables.
The Welcome Volunteer will give you a number so that we can help you in the order you arrive and ask if it is your first visit to the food shelf. For your first visit we ask you to fill our a short form and the Welcome Volunteer will give you that as well. This form asks for your name, address, birthdate, and the names and birthdates of each member of your family. You will want to fill this form out very neatly to speed up the process and enable intake volunteers to enter your information correctly. If you would like to fill that form out in advance, you can download and print it out here.
You will be directed to enter the Community Room where you can sit, fill out your form, and wait for the Host Volunteer to call your number.
You might hear music, there might be a video playing, you may see volunteers having friendly conversations with neighbors, and you may enter a conversation of your own. Once your number is called by the Host Volunteer, you can make your way to the indicated Intake Volunteer where they will enter your order in our computer system. They will ask to see your valid identification, which can be a driver’s license or passport. Because this is your first visit, it will take a few extra minutes for our Intake Volunteer to enter your information into our database and ask whether you agree with The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and Eligibility Form. You can view that in Spanish here or in English here. In subsequent visits the intake process is generally much shorter.
When we are done entering in your food order, we will often ask if you would like us to pray for you. We do not wish to push anything on you that would not be welcome, so you are always free to say no. FOTV hopes to fill the soul as well as your cupboards. We believe Jesus is our help in times of trouble, and we know everyone has times of trouble. We will always take time to pray with you if you would like us to.
Once your order has been submitted, you will make your way to the pantry door. Our food shelf uses a limited client choice model of distribution, we allow 8 neighbors to shop at a time. Depending upon the occupancy of the pantry you may be allowed right in or have a brief wait at the door of the pantry until they call your name. Once they call your name, you can go to the indicated grocery cart and show your identification again. then you will follow the arrows around and choose the things you like. When you have made your way to the fulfillment cart we will weigh your meat and process your order.
If we have enough volunteers, you will get the courtesy of having your groceries put in your car for you. If we don’t have enough volunteers, then we ask that you take your own groceries out to your car and then bring the cart back in so it can be used for the next neighbor.
We hope your experience with us be uplifting and full of grace and love. If you have any further questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to text or call us at 952-595-5980.
We are open most Saturdays, but we do close for some holidays. View our planned holiday closings here. We close sometimes due to bad weather. We use social media to announce any closings, because it is the easiest and fastest way to get the word out. Please LIKE or FRIEND us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to stay up to date with everything going on with the food shelf.
If there is one thing you could do for us it would be to share our posts and events on your social media so that others can find out about us and we can help more neighbors in need.
Fruit of the Vine Burnsville
Our Burnsville location permanently closed in 2019 due to maintenance issues with the facilities. It is always hard to say goodbye, but we thank you for letting us serve and be part of the Burnsville community for 12 years!