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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.


2017 Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities

Thanksgiving is a very special time at Open Arms. We give all our clients the option of receiving either a frozen turkey with all the fixings the week before Thanksgiving or receiving a freshly-made meal on Thanksgiving day. To help … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #312: Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Blueberries and Pecans

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

By Angela Moriarty, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota – Fairview]  Who doesn’t love the warm smell of baked sweet potatoes around the holiday season? The aroma brings be back to my grandma’s home on Thanksgiving Day. Here is a twist … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #311: Spaghetti Squash with Sunflower Seed Spinach Pesto

By Emily Casselman, Nutrition Student Volunteer  As a California transplant in Minnesota, I’ve had to develop coping mechanisms to survive the winter here. Once the weather starts turning, I’m tempted to hibernate and stuff myself full of comfort food to … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #310: Butternut Squash, Carrot and Ginger Soup

Butternut Squash, Carrot and Ginger Soup

By Katie Price, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota – Fairview] As the leaves change colors and the temperatures begin to drop, nothing warms the soul quite like a steaming bowl of homemade soup. In my house, my mother served hearty … Continue reading

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Mall of America Culinary Fest

In November, our friends at Mall of America will donate 100% of the proceeds of two Culinary Fest events to support healthy meals for our clients living with life-threatening illnesses!     Mezcal Tequila Dinners November 1–3 Enjoy a 3– to 4–course … Continue reading

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Happy Food Day!

By Brianna Elliott [OAM Registered Dietitian] and Emily Casselman [Nutrition Student Volunteer] October 24 is recognized as Food Day in the United States. We’re proud to celebrate this day at Open Arms, as our focus is on providing medically-tailored, home-cooked … Continue reading

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A journey from denial to optimism

Rainy view from an apartment

By Ashley Hackett, Photojournalism Intern A year and a half ago, Diane Brown* sat in her small apartment in Chicago, reeling with feelings of denial and depression. She had been diagnosed with HIV at the age of 58, and the illness … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #309: White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

By Jordan Yseth, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota – Fairview] Whoever invented the crockpot is a genius!  This simple-to-use appliance can save you a lot of time in the kitchen. You can use your crockpot anytime of the year, but … Continue reading

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Making life easier and healthier

Client Lori and her sister and caregiver Diane

From the 2016 Annual Report When Lori was diagnosed with brain cancer, she and her sister Diane did their best to face the challenges that came with her diagnosis. As medical bills mounted and radiation took its toll on Lori, … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #308: Mexican Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

By Martha Uhl, Dietetic Intern (University of Minnesota – The Emily Program)   I love Mexican-style cuisine and am always trying to think of creative, yet healthful recipes to add to my repertoire. These delicious Mexican-style quinoa-stuffed peppers are made … Continue reading

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