Update June 2022
Half our residents have returned to the shelter! You can sign up for any open spots to donate and/or serve a meal. You will need to provide food for 20 residents, and please note the importance of our food safety guidelines. We are not a licensed kitchen, so meals cannot be prepared on-site.
Pick a time slot here, or contact our Director of Culinary Services, Jenny Puhl at 612-552-9271. If you are not able to serve, please still feel free to sign up for meal donation. Your help is so appreciated. Rules and ideas below.
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 4:45-5:45 pm, so please plan to arrive at 4:15 pm so we can get everything set up and ready to go. We ask that you plan food for approximately 20 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 our Director of Culinary Services, Jenny Puhl at 612-552-9271.