In Brief November 2020


Holiday boutique
Epworth United Methodist Church (3207 37th Ave.) will be holding its Holiday Shopping Boutique on Friday, Nov. 20 noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expect the usual baked goods, crafts, and Grandma’s Attic. Chili and cornbread will be on sale for take-out both days and cinnamon rolls available Saturday for take-out. Masks will be required and attendees will be practicing social distancing. Enter at the 37th Ave. entrance (handicapped entrance is on 32nd St.).

Free Thanksgiving meals
Registration is open until Nov. 14 for the Thanksgiving groceries distributed at the Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities’ Men’s Campus. The groceries will provide food for a family of five. Individuals need to register by phone or email.
Families can register online at or by calling 651-222-4949. Pickup times will be given with each registration. Individuals need to show a photo ID when the groceries are picked up. To follow COVID-19 guidelines, individuals need to stay in their cars and groceries will be delivered to each vehicle.
The meal includes vegetables, cranberry sauce, rice, five pounds of potatoes, gravy mix, a box of stuffing mix, dessert mix and a frozen turkey. One bag of groceries is available per household and pre-registration is required. The food is scheduled for pick up at the Union Gospel Mission’s Men’s Campus on the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Volunteers who want to pack Thanksgiving groceries or help with the drive-up distribution can contact Josh Windham at or 612-275-0544.

Free meal boxes for kids
Every week, families with children under the age of 18 can pick up a free meal box for each child at 29 pick-up locations throughout the city at Minneapolis Public Schools. Children do not need to be enrolled with MPS. Most sites are open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, and a handful of sites have extended hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All youth, 18 and under, are invited to participate in this program and do not need to be enrolled in MPS or even live in Minneapolis. Youth, parents, or siblings can pick up one box for each child in their family, per week. For pick-up locations and all the details about free meal boxes for youth, visit

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