Donate a Dinner

Donate a Dinner2020-10-22T21:42:13+00:00

A fresh cooked meal makes a difference.

Come be a part of something big and put smiles on the faces of our residents by serving them a hot meal!

We are looking for groups, three people per group maximum, to cook a meal off-site in a licensed community kitchen, or you may cook purchased retail foods onsite. Must be unopened and labeled (e.g. Take and Bake Lasagna) and come serve a fresh cooked meal to the 66 residents we serve at our shelter.

We are not licensed to cook from scratch so we rely heavily on donated food and groups to bring in meals. We can have groups purchase retail meal items (like Costco or Simek’s ) and heat them here, and 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 can 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.

It is a fun activity and the residents are so appreciative of a community prepared meal. Dinner is served from 5:30-6:30 pm. 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.**

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Resident Meal Ideas

  • Assorted deli meat & 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
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?2019-12-16T14:25:29+00:00

It’s easy!  APPLY ONLINE (link to application) 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