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covid-19 response

In order for us to be a good neighbor, we put the health of our community first. Rest assured that Interfaith Outreach is carefully protecting all members of our community and following government guidelines. We will expand access to our services as we’re able while prioritizing the health and safety of all who connect with us.

INTERFAITH’S approach:

This community always rises to every challenge, and this is no exception. Our community knows how to get really hard things done. Thank you for your support!

What Interfaith services are available to clients?

Please visit the What we Offer page for the most up-to-date information on Interfaith’s services. Check out our Hours and Partner Services, as well.

If you know someone in our service area who is in need of food or emergency financial assistance, please have that person contact us directly at 763-489-7500 or clientintake@iocp.org.

What are other resources for help?

View our list of community resources beyond Interfaith Outreach that we will continue to update.

Don’t forget to connect with others in your life.
Physical distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation. Reach out to neighbors by phone, email or community networking sites.

Do you still need volunteers?

Yes. Though our programs may look and feel different, volunteers are still needed to support our community! Learn about the COVID-19 safety protocols Interfaith has in place. If you have an interest in volunteering, please email getinvolved@iocp.org.

Is the Resale store open for shopping and donations?

Visit the Resale Select page for information on both in-store and online shopping. Check out the Resale Select donation page for details on donating goods. And stay in-the-know by following Resale Select on Facebook.

Can I still drop off food shelf donations?

Yes. We have limited our hours for food shelf donation drop-off due to the effect of COVID-19 on volunteer and staff capacity. Food Shelf Donation Drop-off Hours are two days a week: Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Current most-needed items include: cooking oils (vegetable, olive, coconut, etc.), laundry detergent, healthy snacks (granola bars, dried fruit, etc.), toilet paper and feminine hygiene products. View the full list.

How can I help?

In times of uncertainty such as this, we see the best of our community emerge. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for all who have asked, “How can I help?” in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

The best way you can help our most vulnerable neighbors right now is by making a financial donation. Financial donations support our ability to respond to emergency needs for food and financial assistance most flexibly, while reducing the number of hands that touch the food and goods we distribute. With your $1 donation, we can source $9 of food from partners.

Here’s what your donation can do:

  • $250 offers a utility payment assist that keeps the lights on
  • $100 feeds a family of 4 for a month
  • $50 fills 12 emergency bags

How can I stay in touch with Interfaith?

Please continue to check this COVID-19 Response page to stay updated on our emerging needs and services offered. Sign up for emails from Interfaith and like us on Facebook! Our goal is to keep you informed about our work during this time, as well as inspire you with stories of kindness throughout our community.

Are you holding any events?

Please refer to our events page.

How are you making these decisions?

The following principles guide our decisions:

  • We want a healthy community. As an employer, service provider and community convener, we take seriously the unique risks posed by COVID-19. We will structure the services we are able to deliver in a way that minimizes exposure while providing vital support.
  • We are resilient. We acknowledge the need to work differently because it is not business as usual right now. We remain steadfast in our commitment to our clients and to our community.
  • We are planful. We are in a new situation where information and best practices can change by the hour or by the day. We will set a course and as we learn new information, we will update plans for our work.
  • We will model radical hospitality in a world of physical distancing. We will follow the guidance and best practices from the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health. We will also ensure that our clients know All Are Welcome Here as we continue to provide critical services in the areas of food and family support, although how we provide services may shift over time.
  • We acknowledge systemic inequities. We acknowledge that each decision we make as an employer and service provider has unique impacts on each our stakeholders. As an employer and service provider, we are making decisions to continue to support clients, staff and volunteers in all the ways that we are able to in alignment with our vision, mission, values, commitment to diversity and business needs.