Open Arms of Minnesota

Welcome to Open Arms
Open Arms of Minnesota prepares & delivers nourishing meals to critically ill Minnesotans and their families in need —100% free of charge to our clients.
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Fresh, Healthy, Delicious Meals
Our dietitians guide our trained chefs in developing a variety of tasty menu items tailored to specific illnesses.
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A Community of Love
Open Arms is powered by our incredible volunteers, who ensure our critically ill neighbors are always nourished with love.
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What We Offer

Medically Tailored Meals

Our registered dietitians guide our trained chefs in developing delicious, made-from-scratch meals tailored to specific illnesses.

Convenient Home Deliveries

With the help of our volunteer drivers, we deliver a week’s worth of meals at a time, allowing clients to focus on healing and spending more time with loved ones.


Our Nutrition Team is always available for our clients. They provide each client a nutritional assessment and offer free nutrition counseling & education services.​


We use fresh, local, and organic ingredients whenever possible—most of it prepared in-house and some of it grown ourselves at one of our five Open Farms locations.

Care for
Clients & FAmiLy

Meals are delivered not only to our clients, but also to dependents and caregivers. Income is not a qualifier for our services, and we operate on models of abundance, community, & social responsibility.

A Community of Kindness & Love

Everything we do relies on our incredible community of supporters and volunteers, who ensure that our meals are always prepared and delivered with love.

FY 2021 By The Numbers


clients, caregivers and dependents served with our nourishing meals


medically tailored meals cooked and delivered to our clients


hours of time donated by 6,600 volunteers, equaling ~30 employees


donors supported our neighbors living with life-threatening illnesses

Happy National Cookie Day! If you’ve ever volunteered at Open Arms, you know how much we love cookies here. You can always find them in the volunteer lounge. Make sure to grab one after your next shift! #NationalCookieDay #volunteer
We are thrilled to announce that we’ve exceeded our goal for #TurkeyDrive this year! Thanks to more than 400 donors as well as matching donations from @surlybrewing and @medica4me, we raised $119,134, passing our original goal of $115,000! Your support allowed us to deliver a record breaking 5,870 #Thanksgiving meals to our clients and their loved ones during the month of November. Now THAT is something to be thankful for! 🦃🦃🦃
Serving thanksgiving meals to our clients is an Open Arms tradition, and we are so proud to have delivered a record number of them this year! Even as we continue to expand our capacity to serve even more clients, the interactions between our volunteer delivery drivers and clients remain as personal, genuine, and wholesome as ever.
In honor of World HIV/AIDS Awareness Month, Open Arms will light its facility in red throughout December. Red is a color often associated with HIV/AIDS awareness because of its symbolic connection to love and passion. Today, we remember the over 35 million people around the world who have died from HIV/AIDS-related illnesses, our friends, family and clients. We take this day to acknowledge that this critical illness remains present in our communities, which is why we continue to carry out our mission of serving meals, hope and compassion to people living with HIV/AIDS.

#RockTheRibbon #FoodIsMedicine #WorldAIDSDay
Today is World AIDS Day and the start of HIV/AIDS Awareness Month, to show support to people living with #HIV and commemorate those who’ve died from #AIDS related illnesses. Bill Rowe founded Open Arms in 1986 with the intention of providing nourishing meals for his friends living with AIDS. As we’ve grown to serve people diagnosed with many other critical illnesses, we remember our roots on this #WorldAIDSDay. And we continue to serve hope, compassion, and #medicallytailoredmeals to our clients living with HIV/AIDS every day ❤️

#RockTheRibbon #FoodIsMedicine
Tomorrow, Open Arms’ CEO Leah Hebert Welles invites our entire community to a Virtual Town Hall meeting about our new St. Paul kitchen and Campus. Join us at 5:30pm on ZOOM. Leah will do her best to answer every question you have about the new location, how it will work, what will change and what won't! We want to hear from you! We welcome your questions, comments, perspectives, and feedback during this conversation. Click the link in our bio to access the zoom.
November is Native American Heritage Month. Open Arms sits on Dakhóta (and near Ojibwe) homeland in the East Philips neighborhood of Minneapolis and is located a few short blocks from the Little Earth of United Tribes community–home to nearly 1,000 people from 38 different tribal affiliations. Little Earth is an American Indian community designed to provide its residents with the skills and experience to assist on their journeys toward economic stability and self-determination. Minneapolis is also where the American Indian Movement was founded out of concerns about poverty, racism, policing, and housing. 

We are proud to serve our Native clients and include staff and volunteers who identify as Indigenous in our Open Arms family. As an organization that cares deeply about its community, Open Arms is committed to supporting our Native neighbors in Minneapolis and across Minnesota.
Be sure to tune into @kare11 at 5 p.m. for a story about Thanksgiving at Open Arms by reporter @samiesolina !
Want to help #Unlock8K for Thanksgiving meals? @medica4me has generously offered to match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $8,000 towards #TurkeyDrive through Thanksgiving Day! We thank Medica for their support as we try to finish strong and cross the finish line, $115,000 to provide Thanksgiving dinners to our clients and their loved ones. This is a great time to donate! Click the link in our bio to create a fundraiser page or donate to someone else’s.
Congratulations! You helped us unlock the 5K match from Surly Gives A Damn to #DoubleYourImpact! That’s an extra $10K towards Thanksgiving dinners for our clients and their loved ones. Check out this video from last Friday when 25 Surly volunteers picked up 14 delivery routes. We thank @surlybrewing for their support during #TurkeyDrive!
Our friends from Surly Gives a Damn stopped by last Friday to help deliver frozen Thanksgiving dinners for clients and challenged our community to pitch in too! For the next 2 days leading up to Thanksgiving, Surly Brewing Company will match all donations dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000! We have only a few more days to reach our goal of $115,000! Click the link in our below to double the impact of your donation or start a fundraising page!
November is National COPD Awareness Month. COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems including emphysema and chronic bronchitis according to the CDC. COPD makes it more difficult to breathe and affects over 16 million Americans. During #COPDMonth, take a moment to learn about this serious lung condition. It can be managed with healthy lifestyle changes, pulmonary rehab, and medications. Open Arms is proud to serve #medicallytailoredmeals to people diagnosed with COPD.
Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to honor the memory of those who lost their lives in acts of anti-transgender violence. Open Arms is proud to be a place where people come as themselves and meet people from different walks of life. We strive to be a safe and supportive space for transgender and gender nonconforming people. Nourishing our neighbors with life threatening illnesses takes a community and that includes EVERYONE in the community.
Happy #FamilyVolunteerDay! Did you know that you can bring your whole family on a delivery route? It’s a great way to spend quality time with your loved ones and get an extra hand with those bags as you deliver meals to clients. Anyone who is at least 6 years old can deliver with an adult driver. Make your next delivery a fun family outing!
Thank you so much for stepping up and giving to the max! Over the course of the day, we raised more than $46,000. This incredible outpouring of love from all of you will support the preparation and delivery of more than 5,400 medically tailored, made-from-scratch meals for our neighbors across the state of Minnesota! #GTMD2022 #FoodIsMedicine
If you weren't able to catch yesterday's piece on @twincitieslive, check it out here! Thanks to @kellitcl for the great feature and a huge thanks to @stormcreekclothing and @invictusbrewingco for their tremendous support this past summer! Click the link in our bio to watch the full video.