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Welcome to the News & Events page, where you can get the latest news about Open Arms, read our most recent blog posts and learn about upcoming events.


Weekly Recipe #282: Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice

By Fanqing Feng, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota – The Emily Program] This pineapple chicken fried rice is a traditional Chinese food. It is not only delicious but colorful and can be served in a pineapple shell for an exotic touch. … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #281: Three Bean Turkey Chili

By Becky Magnuson, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota – the Emily Program] Having grown up in the Midwest, I know the importance of warm, comforting meals waiting at home after a long snowy day, and few are more enjoyable than those … Continue reading

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Fulfilling graduation hours with fulfilling volunteer work

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By Amy Bowman, Open Arms volunteer Sanjay Ragoonanan is looking to the future. As a junior at Cristo Rey High School, he has high hopes for college, where he wants to study medicine or computer science. Of course, his college … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #280: Triple Berry Kiwi Smoothie

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By Elise Williamson, Dietetic Intern [Normandale Community College] Let’s face it: we’re always on our way somewhere for something. As a college student, I’m on the go and rarely have a moment to pause and eat a sufficient meal, even … Continue reading

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A Reassuring Comfort During Chemo

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By Stephanie Mork, Open Arms Photojournalism Intern 2016 was a difficult year for Judy and her husband Larry. In April, Larry lost his job. A month or two later, Judy began to notice some chest pain and difficulty breathing. She went … Continue reading

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A Chance to Pay It Forward

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Last week Open Arms celebrated our 5 millionth meal delivery, and we were lucky to have volunteer Sarah Nybo deliver it to Erica’s family. Sarah, a 16-year C.H. Robinson employee, has volunteered with Open Arms for years. She helps coordinate … Continue reading

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The Family Behind Our Five Millionth Meal Delivery

Last week we celebrated a huge achievement for Open Arms: the delivery of our 5 millionth meal! And that milestone meal couldn’t have gone to a sweeter family. Erica, a teacher at a Bloomington school, was diagnosed with uterine cancer earlier … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #279: Grandma’s Famous Gingerbread Cookies

By TyAnn Zeal, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota-The Emily Program] Some of my best memories from my childhood are those spent with my Grandma Billie. She taught me all of the important things in life, like how to make sock … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #278: Open Arms Magic Bars

By Stephanie Mork, Open Arms Photojournalism Intern These buddies are called “magic bars” for a reason. Made by the Open Arms bakery team to perfection every time, who can refuse a flaky graham cracker crust topped with the dreamy combo of chocolate, coconut … Continue reading

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A difficult letter to read

Dear friends, As the year draws to a close and our 30th birthday winds down, I want to take a moment to share the letter below with you from Alan, a caregiver for one of our late clients. Alan’s letter … Continue reading

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