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
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

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Samuel Truhler is a member of our wonderful development team as our Development Database Coordinator! Sam comes to Open Arms from the Sanneh Project, where he worked in fundraising and stewardship. He’s excited to continue to meet more clients, volunteers, and donors, and we are thrilled he’s a part of our team!
Lets start the week off at the farm and a check in with our Open Farms Manager, Kelly Wilson! If you're interested in volunteering at one of our Open Farms locations, please go to for more information!
Our team of registered dietitians and chefs work together to create menus that are medically tailored to the specific illness our clients are living with. We are happy to work with incredible, hard-working professionals to create nutritious and delicious meals for our clients, to take one thing off their plate! 🧡💛
Cupcakes for a Cause, one of the sweetest events of the year, is back! 🧁 Throughout the month of August, our friends at @lundsandbyerlys will generously donate $1 from their delicious gourmet cupcakes to Open Arms – up to $10,000! 

All of Lunds & Byerlys' 28 locations are participating in Cupcakes for a Cause, and each year we look forward to sharing this delicious way to give back! Don’t miss the opportunity to satisfy your sweet tooth and give back at the same time. 🧡💛

We are so grateful to @lundsandbyerlys for all the ways they support our mission of providing food as medicine to Minnesotans living with life-threatening and critical illnesses.
In case you missed it, here is the @twincitieslive story from our Abundance Farm, one of our five Open Farms locations! 💚 At the St. Paul urban farm, @kstptv reporter @kellitcl spoke with Kelly Wilson, Open Arms’ Farm Manager, about our program and chatted with some fabulous volunteers from about why they chose to volunteer on the farm! 

Thanks to @twincitieslive for visiting our Open Farms and sharing about this unique program! 🌱
Thank you to the @sahanjournal for sharing about our Culturally Specific Meal Project! The article includes interviews with our Culturally Specific Meal Project Manager, Yia Yang, Director of Nutrition Services, Laura Strait, and one of our incredible clients in St. Paul. 🧡💛 You can read the article by visiting the link in our bio! 

They also mentioned we are looking for recipes from East African, Hmong, and Latinx communities! If you have lived experiences in those communities and have a recipe you’d like to share, you can earn $200 if it’s approved! For more information, please also visit the link in our bio. 

Article by @adwanwrites
Happy *almost August! ☀️ Can you help us start this month off to a great start by helping prepare and deliver nutritious meals to our critically ill clients? 

Our greatest volunteer needs for the first week of August are... 

🌱Open Farms 
*10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Afton)
*1:00 – 3:00 pm Monday and Wednesday (Afton) 

🥦Kitchen of Opportunities (KOO) 
* 8:00 – 10:00 am Tuesday – Friday 
* 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Wednesday – Friday 
* 12:00 – 2:00 pm Tuesday – Friday 
* 2:00 – 4:00 pm Tuesday – Friday 

🚗Drive-thru delivery 
* Tuesday - Friday 

🥕2500 kitchen 
* 7:30 – 9:30 am Monday, Wednesday – Friday 
* 9:00 – 11:00 am Monday – Friday 
* 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Tuesday – Friday 
* 5:00 – 7:00 pm Monday – Friday 
* All Saturday shifts (8:00 – 10:00 am, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, 1:00 – 3:00 pm)
As Culinary Arts month comes to an end, we are taking you to the “hot line” and bakery in the Open Arms building to see what our talented team of chefs and bakers are cooking up!

On the hot line, this cool crew is preparing cilantro and mahi mahi which will be incorporated into nourishing meals for our clients. And in the bakery our bakers are zesting limes and preparing cookies for our clients. 

Thank you to ALL of our chefs and bakers for sharing your talents with our critically ill neighbors.
This month our CEO and fearless leader, Leah, celebrated her ninth anniversary at Open Arms! 🧡💛 Leah has led Open Arms through tremendous growth, a new global pandemic, racial awakening in our community, and expanding our reach to greater Minnesota. 

We are so fortunate for Leah’s leadership as we open our second kitchen and campus in St. Paul, allowing Open Arms to better serve our neighbors living in the east metro! 

Thank you, Leah, for always thinking of how we can make more room at the Open Arms’ table.
Open Arms provides all of our clients with birthday cakes baked by our bakers and volunteers on their birthdays. 🎂 It’s just one more way we can celebrate and show love to our neighbors living with life-threatening and critical illnesses. 

Each week on average, we deliver 36 birthday cakes to our clients! Thank you to our volunteers and supporters for making this possible. ❤️
Follow along and watch the magic that is the delivery of #MedicallyTailoredMeals to some of our neighbors in need. @twincitieslive reporter @kellitcl stopped by Open Arms last week to chat with some of our fantastic volunteer delivery drivers and rode along to meet two of our incredible clients. 🧡💛

Thank you, @twincitieslive, for capturing this beautiful day! ☺️
Our friends at @SAFCO Prod are true heroes for braving the heat while volunteering at one of our Open Farms locations! The plants producing veggies and herbs in our urban gardens require a bit more love during extremely hot days, and SAFCO doled out lots of love during their shift. 

@SAFCO creates workspace furnishing that allows anyone to work in their preferred and unique way. Not only does SAFCO volunteer with us often, but they also donate to support nourishing Minnesotans living with life-threatening and critical illnesses. 

Thanks, SAFCO! We can’t wait to see you back soon!
Will you help us finish out the month of July preparing and delivering nutritious and delicious meals for our critically ill neighbors? There are plenty of ways to get involved next week! Our greatest volunteer needs include...

🌱Open Farms
*9:00 – 11:00 am Tuesday and Friday
*11:00 am - 1:00 pm Saturday
*1:00 – 3:00 pm Monday through Wednesday and Friday 

 🥦Kitchen of Opportunities (KOO) 
* 8:00 – 10:00 am Wednesday through Friday 
* 12:00 – 2:00 pm Wednesday through Friday 
* 2:00 – 4:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 

🚗 Drive-thru delivery 
* Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 

 🥕2500 kitchen 
* 7:30 – 9:30 am Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
* 9:00 – 11:00 am Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
* 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Wednesday and Friday 
* 2:00-4:00 pm Friday
* 5:00 – 7:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 
* All Saturday shifts (8:00 – 10:00 am, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, 1:00 – 3:00 pm) 

Sign up for a shift or two through VolunteerHub! If you are interested in bringing along a friend, we have Buddy Passes available! Learn more about our Buddy Pass here:
We are thrilled to include the delicious salads from @rootsforthehometeam in our #medicallytailoredmeals deliveries to clients! 🥗 Roots for the Home Team salads are created in tandem by local chefs and incredible young people living in our community, and then sold at various events – including during @twins games at @targetfield! ⚾️

Recently, a few of the Roots for the Home Team teens stopped by Open Arms’ kitchen for a volunteer shift, where they prepped veggies to be incorporated into their salad recipes and prepared other medically tailored food items! We chatted with a few of these extraordinary young people about their salads and what giving back to their community means. 🧡💛 

We love partnering with Roots for the Home Team – check out their program here:
Tomorrow, Fare For All will be at Open Arms Minneapolis building with good quality and nutritious food at budget-friendly prices! From 1:00 to 3:00 pm, you can purchase packs of fresh produce and frozen meats – 40% off retail grocery store prices! 

Fare For All is open to all members of the community! Fare For All purchases the food from wholesalers, so the more people who shop, the better savings for all participants. 🤩 

We hope to see you tomorrow!

Tune into @twincitieslive this afternoon to catch a glimpse of an Open Arms’ meal delivery! Twin Cities Live reporter @kellitcl visited Open Arms headquarters to chat with some of our fabulous volunteer delivery drivers. She followed our nourishing meals to the homes of two of our incredible clients and got to talk to them about what our meals mean to them. 🧡💛

You won’t want to miss this powerful piece! Watch Twin Cities Live at 3:00 pm on channel five @kstptv.
Are you a strategic thinker interested in helping Open Arms grow and thrive? Join the Open Arms’ Board of Directors! Open Arms is a $10 million organization serving more than 3,000 critically ill Minnesotans with the help of more than 6,000 volunteers. 

Open Arms Board Members are expected to be ambassadors in the community for the agency, providing introductions to key potential stakeholders. The Board operates on a strategic, governance model. We are looking for passionate individuals who can continue building an inclusive and highly relational community and who self-identify with any or all of the traits in the graphic below! 🧡💛

For more information, please visit our website and contact our CEO, Leah, at
Three cheers to the crew at Surly Gives a Damn for knocking their farm shift out of the garden! These folks always work hard, whether helping in our kitchen, out at one of our Open Farms locations, or in other volunteer activities – they always put their heart and soul into making a positive impact in their community. ❤️ @surlybrewing #SGAD