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covid-19 response

Rest assured that Interfaith Outreach is carefully protecting all members of our community and following guidelines such as face mask use and physical distancing. We will expand access to our services as we’re able while prioritizing the health and safety of all who connect with us.

our approach:

  • View Interfaith’s full COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.
  • If you are sick, please stay home and connect with our staff via phone or email. You can also call the front desk at 763-489-7500.
  • Some volunteer opportunities are now available. Email getinvolved@iocp.org to learn more.
  • Donations for food shelf are accepted two days a week: Monday or Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Toilet paper and diapers sizes 5 and 6 are most needed, but view the full list).
  • Resale Select store is accepting certain donations of new or like-new items (learn more). Donations are accepted two days a week: Monday or Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Check our events page to see if scheduled events are in-person or virtual.

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 what services are available. Check out Hours and Partner Services pages, as well.

What are other resources for help?

We’ve put together a list of other community resources that we will continue to update. View it here.

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

Do you still need volunteers?

Yes. If you have specific questions about how current government regulations affect your programs or volunteer projects, or 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 shopping, or check out the Resale Select donation page for details on donating goods.

Can I still drop off food shelf donations?

We appreciate your donations, especially of toilet paper and diapers (specifically sizes 4, 5 and 6) to help us maintain the pre-packed food bags we’re distributing. View full list. We have limited our hours for food shelf donation drop-off in an effort to limit contact and exposure for our staff and to our clients. Food Shelf Donation Drop-off Hours: Mondays and Fridays only, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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 up to date 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 visit our events page to see if scheduled events are in-person or virtual.

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.