Businesses and Organizations Helping the Minneapolis Community
Minneapolis businesses and organizations are stepping up during our city's time of need. See how they are helping and if you are able, consider volunteering or donating to these supportive efforts. If you find yourself in need of some assistance, we hope that you find these resources beneficial.
Many K-12 students who rely on school-provided breakfast and lunches may not have access to food during the government mandated school closures. One way businesses are helping out during this time of crisis is by providing free lunches for children.
Here's a list of Minneapolis restaurants that are providing free meals to K-12 students:
- Que Viet in Northeast Minneapolis: free fried rice
- Maya Cuisine in Northeast Minneapolis
- Peoples Organic at all locations with purchase of an entree
- Pog Mahone's Pub: free mac & cheese
- Keys Cafe & Bakery will be providing free lunches from all of their metro locations
- Afro Deli: offering special kid's meals for school-age kids between 11-2pm every day
For more food options:
Tenant is offering a "Soup Kitchen to go," where you can pick up soups and sandwiches on a pay-what-you-can basis. Food is served noon - 8 p.m.
Provisions Community Restaurant is a pay-as-you-can restaurant. Twice every weekday, Provision is offering free, single-serve take-out dinners to anyone who needs it. The are also taking financial and food donations to continue to serve meals.
Zen Box Izakaya is offering a pay-what-you-can menu. Anyone who pays more will be used towards offsetting meals for those who can't afford it.
Other organizations are working to make sure families have financial assistance for supplies and shelter, or are putting together meals and filling up food banks. These organizations include:
- The Sheridan Story: Preparing and distributing meals for children and families affected by school closures in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.
- Interfaith Outreach: Providing a "drive-up" food shelf for families with pre-packed bags of groceries.
Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis: Heading up homeless shelters and providing food services.
Salvation Army: Using financial donations to help individuals and families get supplies and shelter.
Second Harvest Heartland: In the process of putting together 100,000 emergency food boxes. They also created a $5 million initiative called Minnesota's Central Kitchen to pay closed down restaurants to prepare meals for people in need. Chowgirls Killer Catering, Restaurant Alma and the Bachelor Farmer are the three restaurants scheduled to participate so far. The takeout meals will be distributed by Loaves and Fishes.
Metro Meals on Wheels: Making sure people in the community are provided with nutritious meals. They are looking for on-call volunteers in the event of a volunteer shortage during this time.
St. Stephen's Human Services: Helping individuals and families navigate crises while assisting them with basic needs and finding stable housing. They are in need of things like respiratory masks, hand sanitizer, tissues, rubber gloves, underwear for all bodies, tents, tarps, wet wipes (individual packs), and travel-sized toiletries.
The Aliveness Project: Providing critical HIV care and prevention services (including meals and food shelf) for low-income and homeless people. They are accepting donations and volunteers to help bag groceries.
- Otto Bremer Trust: Creating a $50 million emergency fund to provide financial support to Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Montana nonprofits and other community organizations. This new fund will provide emergency funding, loans, lines of credit, and other financial resources to organizations impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Greater Twin Cities United Way: Started a COVID-19 fund this week to provide immediate support for people who need things like food, housing, childcare, and financial assistance.
- Headwaters Foundation for Justice: Trying to raise $1 million to support community efforts advocating for sick leave and preventing housing evictions, especially among low-income people of color, who face wider health and education disparities.
- Avivo: A non-profit organization that's helping Minnesotans experiencing homelessness and/or addiction. They need donations for financial assistance, food, items like toilet paper, diapers, art supplies for children and cleaning supplies. They also have an urgent need for cell phones and tablets, so that they can serve at-risk communities through video technology during this time.
- People Serving People: Provide emergency shelter housing units for children and families experiencing homelessness. They are looking for emergency contributions including, hand sanitizer, baby wipes, and things like coloring books, crayons, and other items to stimulate kids while they’re out of school. Items can be also be purchased through their Amazon wish list or dropped off at their shelter. While financial gifts can be made online and provide immediate support.
- Khidma Initiative: Through a network of volunteers and partnerships with local organizations, Khidma plans to deliver basic food and essential supply kits to those most at-risk for contracting the virus, including the elderly and the immunocompromised.
- Heart of the House: Founded by chef Gavin Kaysen and Alison Arth the non-profit is providing support to the restaurant community.
Hotels offering discounts to essential employees
- Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown: Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown invites first responders and support staff providing medical, relief, support services or essential business services to book a $99 preferred room rate. We hope to provide health care and relief professionals, and those supporting their communities, a place to stay in close proximity to hospitals and government buildings as they aid in COVID-19 response efforts. Booking details below. Book your discounted rate at www.courtyardminneapolis.com/discount.
- Sheraton Bloomington Hotel: The Sheraton Bloomington Hotel is proud to offer discounted rates to the members of the health and first responder community during this critical time. Any COVID-19 first responders looking for a safe place to stay between shifts/long string of shifts or working with or near COVID 19 patients and want to take precautionary measures to make sure they don’t transmit this to their families at home. If you have any questions about the rate or booking, please reach out to Megan Boosalis at 952 656 5920 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West: Essential workers, First Responders, and Healthcare Workers. We appreciate you while you are out working during this time! Enjoy our extended employee rate offer and stay with us. Plymouth MN 3.5 star hotel with complimentary parking, and WIFI.
- Sonder: In response to the need for immediate lodging, increased social distancing, or private places to work, Sonder is currently offering 40% off of all bookings of 14 days or more. If you know someone who needs temporary housing, a person in need of alternative private workspace, or a traveler that requires last-minute accommodations, please let them know Sonder is here to help. They just opened a beautiful new building in the heart of the North Loop with grocery, liquor store, interstate access, and riverfront all within a block. The building is Second + Secondand there are brand new units, ready for people to enjoy, rest, and adapt to this new world we are in. To get the discount, book directly at www.sonder.com/extendedstay.
- The Saint Paul Hotel: For First Responders who need a safe and comfortable place to rest their heads, The Saint Paul Hotel will extend authentic hospitality to you. Your special rate is $79 plus tax per night. Must show ID at check in. Ask for the First Responder rate.
- Grand Hotel Minneapolis (Soon-to-be Hyatt Centric Downtown Minneapolis): Let us be your lodging partner and safe haven. Access the discounted rate through the link below or enter corporate code 72117 when making a reservation on our website.
- The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Downtown Minneapolis Convention Center: The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Downtown Minneapolis Convention Center is providing First Responders and Medical Workers with a special rates as low as $69.00 + tax which includes free WiFi, a free to-go bagged breakfast, and complimentary parking through the end of June. Reserve Online or call 612-341-3300 and mention the First Responder rate.
- Wild Isles Swim: Have partnered with their factory Clothier Design Source to fundraise for the production of masks. The have fully transitioned their factory to producing 1000+ masks per day. They will be delivering masks themselves to hospitals in need around the area.
- Norseman Distillery: Are producing hand sanitizer and distributing it to first responders. To help support this effort they were selling at-home cocktail kits with all the profits go straight to the sanitizer effort.
- YogaFit: Offering corporate memberships for unlimited virtual classes for $10 to $30 per employee per month to help keep teams connected and active, and to allow people to try yoga in the comfort of their homes. A portion of the proceeds from the virtual classes will be donated to the BeliEve Foundation which helps families facing financial hardship after the death of a child by providing immediate, practical financial support.
- Midtown Global Market: A group of business owners from Midtown Global Market launched a GoFundMe campaign in support of Meals for Medics. Their goal is to raise $10,000 to feed the Allina Health Systems staff at neighboring Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
- Nice Ride: Nice Ride is offering a 30-day program to give critical workers free bike share memberships. Through June 5th, eligible critical workers (including healthcare workers, first responders, and transit workers) can sign up through their employer to access unlimited 60-minute trips on Classic bikes for 30 days. Reach out to email@example.com if you or your organization are part of this critical workforce and want to participate in the program. Learn more.
- You Betcha Box: Feed the Frontline-You Betcha! campaign provides healthier grab-n-go snacks to frontline workers working around the clock in hospitals, nursing homes and U of M research labs. These funds are used to purchase nutritious snacks from dozens of local artisan-food small businesses who also need our support during this challenging time. Each team-sized box costs $100 and has enough for 30-40 workers.
The City of Minneapolis is providing free WiFi in Minneapolis for those who may need temporary internet access during the COVID-19 situation: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/wireless/index.htm
If you know of or see other organizations that are helping out the community in some way, please send their information to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will consider including them on this page.