Open Arms of Minnesota grows, cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. Founded in 1986, Open Arms believes that food is medicine, and their work matters to the health outcomes of neighbors facing a health crisis. With 7,300+ volunteers, they’ll serve 600,000+ medically-tailored, made- from-scratch meals this year to people living with life-threatening illnesses as well as their caregivers and dependent children.
While there are no income requirements to receive Open Arms’ service, 80% of their clients and their families live on incomes which fall 200% below the Federal Poverty Guideline and only 20% of Open Arms clients have private health insurance. Many of their clients are at a significant disadvantage to accessing nutritious, fresh food due to lack of nearby access to healthy, unprocessed foods and immobility caused by illness or age.