Hot meal program changes at Harbor Light
Written by Julie Borgen, Twin Cities Media Relations Director for The Salvation Army Northern Division.
Roseville, Minn.- Beginning April 1, 2017, The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center in Minneapolis will be serving a hot meal to the public at 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only.
The change is a result of funding cuts in 2016. Last year, The Harbor Light Center reduced free, public meal service from seven to five days a week, and began relying on donated food to make up 75% of the meals served (see related story). In spite of their best efforts, the program is still losing too much money to remain sustainable.
“We need to be the best possible stewards of the money we have, in order to serve the most people in their greatest area of need,” said Captain Katherine Clausell, leader of the Harbor Light Center. “We don’t want to waste dollars by duplicating services, when we need to be providing shelter and helping people to find a pathway out of homelessness.”
The Harbor Light Center has requested that Loaves and Fishes bring their mobile kitchen by during the week.
People who need help finding food, can call The United Way at 211, or go to any of the following locations in Minneapolis for a free meal during the week:
- The Salvation Army, 2024 N. Lyndale Ave., Minneapolis, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
- Sharing and Caring Hands, 525 N. 7th St., Minneapolis, 10 a.m., noon and 3:30 p.m.
- St. Stephens Catholic Church, 2211 Clinton Ave. S., Minneapolis, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Holy Rosary Church, 2424 18th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 5:15-6:15 p.m.
- Living Spirit United Methodist Church, 4501 Bloomington Ave., Minneapolis, 5:45-6:30 p.m.
- Zion Lutheran Church, 128 W. 33rd St., Minneapolis, 6 p.m. (use blue door on side of the building)
- The Salvation Army, 1604 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 12 p.m.- 1 p.m.
Residents who live at The Harbor Light Center will continue to be served three meals a day, as always. This change only applies to the 6 p.m. meal that is open to the public.
About The Salvation Army
Since 1886 the Twin Cities Salvation Army has been a safety net for thousands of people, providing food, housing, financial assistance and more, without discrimination. Each year we serve 187,000 people in the metro area, providing 1,300 hot meals daily and sheltering nearly 900 every night. The Salvation Army relies on 20,500 volunteers who give 160,000 hours of service annually. Please join The Salvation Army by volunteering or making a donation to support your local community.