Donate A Meal2021-11-17T19:03:23+00:00

A fresh cooked meal makes a difference.

Please note that right now, all our residents are at a local hotel in an effort to social distance during a recent COVID outbreak at the shelter. We are taking meal donations but they need to be dropped off at the shelter so our staff can box them and bring them to the hotel where our residents are staying. You can still sign up with the link on this page, or for questions, call or email Tammy at, 763-528-0380. Thank you so much for your support throughout this difficult time.

Come be a part of something big and put smiles on the faces of our residents by serving them lunch or dinner! Serve a fresh cooked meal to the 66 residents we serve at our shelter.

We are looking for groups of up to six people, to cook a meal off-site in a licensed community kitchen, or you may cook purchased retail foods onsite, but they must be unopened and labeled (e.g. Take and Bake Lasagna, retail meal items like Costco or Simek’s). We are not licensed to cook from scratch, so we rely heavily on donated food and groups to bring in meals. We can also have food from a restaurant brought in. Pizza Ranch in Andover will give a discount if you tell them it is for Stepping Stone. We also allow sandwiches to be prepared here if the group brings the “fixings”- it is totally up to you. We provide the plates, utensils, beverages, and clean up. Masks must be worn at all times in the shelter.

It is a fun activity and the residents are so appreciative of a community prepared meal. Lunch is served at 11:30 am-12:30 pm, so please arrive no later than 11:00 am. Dinner is served from 5:30-6:30 pm, so please plan to arrive at 5:00 pm so we can get everything set up and ready to go. We ask that you plan food for approximately 60 people. **In the interest of respecting all our guests needs, we ask that you refrain from pork products of any kind.**

Per food safety guidelines, all meals brought into Stepping Stone need to be prepared in a licensed kitchen. For any questions about what this means, please contact Tammy at 763-528-0380.

Sign up to Donate a Meal

Resident Meal Ideas

  • Assorted deli meat and cheese sandwiches
  • Home baked goods (this is fine to be made in your own kitchen)
  • Ice cream treats
  • Delivered pizza, pop, ice, and salad
  • All beef hot dogs and beef hamburgers (can be grilled onsite with our grill)
  • Store bought traditional yellow mustard potato salad
  • Store bought pasta salads
  • Deli wings and sauces
Donate Items PDF
Frequently Asked Questions
Which volunteer opportunities are best for individuals or groups?2019-11-25T16:04:39+00:00

All Stepping Stone Volunteer needs can be met by individuals or groups. Some of the options that are best suited to groups include:

  • Kitchen servers
  • Donate A Dinner (great for groups of 4-7-only 4 in the kitchen)
  • Small Group Activity Leaders
  • “Handyman” Help as Team
  • Cleaning, Decorating & Sorting as a Team
What is the minimum age requirement for volunteers?2018-11-19T16:37:51+00:00

We ask that children be at least 10 years of age to volunteer. Please plan to have a one-to-one adult-to-child ratio for all volunteers under the age of 18.

What is the volunteer time commitment?2018-11-19T16:37:21+00:00

We are so grateful that you are interested in volunteering at Stepping Stone and gratefully accept as much or as little time as you can give. We have a variety of opportunities for short term, long term, or occasional volunteers. We’ve found that volunteers get the most out of their experience when they volunteer at least once per month, but that is entirely up to each volunteer. Most volunteer shifts range from 1 hour (food pick up) to 4 hours (front office assistant).

What kind of training do volunteers receive?2018-11-19T16:36:49+00:00

It depends on what kind of volunteer work you choose.  For example, we want to make it easy to Donate A Dinner, so Level 1 Volunteers don’t require any specific training. On the other hand, Level 4 Volunteers work one-on-one with residents, so they are required to attend training and orientation.  Our goal is for you to have a successful and rewarding experience supporting Stepping Stone and our residents, so training requirements are specific to each volunteer role.

How do I become a volunteer?2021-10-25T17:08:38+00:00

It’s easy!  APPLY ONLINE or contact Julie Jeppson at 763-277-8301 or

Do you conduct background checks on volunteers?2018-11-19T16:35:07+00:00

Stepping Stone may choose to conduct a background check on any volunteer. For the safety of our residents, volunteers who have direct interactions with residents can expect a background check. Volunteers who have limited interactions with residents may or may not have a background check at Stepping Stone’s discretion.

Easiest way to bring joy into the shelter?

Bring a fresh cooked meal.

Our Mission

To provide emergency shelter and critical support services to individuals 18 and older experiencing homelessness while striving toward self-sufficiency.

Our Vision

Everyone has a place to call home.


Our Guiding Principles & Values

-Empower individuals to change their lives

-Treat each resident with dignity and respect

-Collaborate with partners in providing services

-Ensure strong stewardship in managing resources

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