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Spotlight On: Open Arms of Minnesota



About Open Arms of Minnesota

It’s a simple notion: people who are sick should not be without food. Yet it happens every day that people in our community with life-threatening illnesses find themselves unable to shop or cook — and, often, without the support network to help.

That’s where Open Arms of Minnesota comes in. Open Arms cooks and delivers free meals specifically tailored to meet the nutrition needs of individuals living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). ​

Open Arms began as a single act of kindness in 1986 – one man cooking a meal in his apartment and delivering it to friends with HIV/AIDS. Nearly three decades later, they are delighted to be working with 2,400 volunteers each year in a state-of-the-art kitchen in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis.


In 2015, Open Arms will cook and deliver nearly half a million meals to people throughout the Twin Cities living with life-threatening illnesses, as well as their caregivers and dependents.

Eating delicious, nutritious meals helps make medicines and treatments more effective for Open Arms’ clients, so they are able to lead healthier, more independent lives. Volunteers deliver not only a meal, but also a friendly face and weekly dose of warm, human contact.

If selected to receive the Blue Plate Gives funds, Open Arms will use the funds to provide nourishing meals to people in our community in need like Sue, who sent a note after her first meal delivery saying, “Just had to let you know how much I appreciate the meals, your efforts, and support through a difficult time. Open Arms is helping me in many other ways than feeding my physical self with nutritious meals. It’s a financial supplement, it provides me with a choice to access nourishment even when I am not able to prepare food, and it gives my caregivers peace of mind that I am eating well when able to do so. Can’t thank you enough!”


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