Open Arms of Minnesota

Making life easier and healthier

From the 2016 Annual Report

Client Lori and her sister and caregiver Diane
Client Lori and her sister and caregiver Diane

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, they struggled to find the energy to put good food on the table.

“It meant lots of planning,” explains Diane, who is Lori’s primary caregiver. “We’d read the paper to find the deals, and we always shopped the cheaper stores, so we’d be going all over the place getting ingredients. And then to have to come home and cook—neither one of us had the energy to do that.”“A lot of times we were just getting Chinese takeout or something else that was easy,” adds Lori.

“So we weren’t eating healthy because we just couldn’t face going shopping and cooking,” says Diane.
The sisters recall that wintertime was particularly problematic. “During the summer, we’d at least go to the farmers markets and get fresh produce. But we both gained weight over the winter eating all those carbs,” says Lori.

But when spring came, a doctor mentioned that Open Arms could offer healthy food to ease some worries – and not just for Lori, but for Diane, too.

Now the sisters stop by Open Arms to pick up a week’s worth of made-from-scratch meals, and they marvel at the difference the food has made on their well-being. Lori can focus on healing, knowing that her meals are tailored by a dietitian to help her fight the cancer.

She and Diane report that their lives are much healthier now that nutritious food is accessible. “The meals are very well-rounded for nutrition and variety,” remarks Lori.

“And tasty! Every single thing we’ve eaten, whether it’s frozen or fresh, has been delicious.”

Your support makes stories like Lori & Diane’s possible!
Donate to support healthy meals for Open Arms clients>>
Sign up for a volunteer orientation>>

More from Open Arms

Pop-Up Dinner, April ’24

Blossom, April Pop-Up Dinner Set For April 11 in St. Paul Get ready to take your taste buds for a wild ride with our awe-inspiring Pop-Up Dinner set for Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Paul Kitchen and Campus! Throughout the year,

Read More »
Nate with bag

Client Meal Delivery Bags

Open Arms Introduces New & Improved Meal Delivery Bags At Open Arms of Minnesota, we approach every facet of our programming with the utmost dedication. We believe that every element, from the tiniest grain of rice to the smallest kernel of corn, holds significance.

Read More »
Mercedes and Hal, clients.

Our Clients In Focus: Mercedes & Hal

Meet Mercedes, one of the nearly 200 caregivers Open Arms is currently serving and her husband, Hal. When Hal was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure last year, Mercedes faced new challenges, including his new diet. When Mercedes needed help, Open Arms entered the picture and changed everything.  

Read More »
Give Some Love, Spread Some Love!

New this February, Open Arms is spreading the love like never before!  Instead of giving flowers or chocolates this month, we invite you to Give From the Heart!Make a donation to Open Arms in honor or memory of someone special this month and your contribution will help us share nourishment and love with our community. We will then send your loving message in a Valentine card to the person you’ve chosen to honor!

End Of Year Giving Graphic

Your Gift Will Help Us Serve More Clients!

Together we can continue to meet the increased demand for medically tailored meals with your support! We hope you think of us as you consider your year-end giving. Your donation is a gift of care, compassion, and encouragement!