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Matthew 25
Food Distribution

Second Sunday of every month: 12 - 2 pm. Everyone is welcome.
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Matthew 25
at Coon Rapids UMC
January -August 2021




  • 157 different volunteers

  • About 3000 volunteer hours

  • Served over 4500 families

  • On our biggest weekend, we gave away 16,824 pounds of food in back-to-back food distributions.


“When God calls you

and you say yes,

miracles happen!”


~Sue Lehrer

“There is more than enough available food in this country to feed every hungry person.”

~Stephanie Lehman,

Executive Director of ACBC Food Shelf in Anoka, MN

Matthew 25 at Coon Rapids UMC began in January of 2021 when Pastor Dianna called a volunteer to ask them to do a particular job. The volunteer responded by saying that what they really wanted to do was feed people like Spirit River’s Matthew 25 in Isanti, where people from Coon Rapids UMC had been volunteering monthly for over a year. Despite having a budget of zero dollars to begin with, the first Matthew 25 food distribution at Coon Rapids UMC happened just three months later in January of 2021, in the middle of a pandemic.


God has blessed this ministry of generosity with many donors, to include EveryMeal, the Farmers to Families food program, Bergin Fruit & Nut Company, Starbucks, Auntie Annie’s, Panera Bread, Cub Foods, a “food angel,” food rescue options, grants, and much more… and many dedicated volunteers.

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At Coon Rapids High School,  approximately 85  students are experiencing homelessness. Some are with a parent or family member, but some are totally on their own, living in cars, couch-hopping or just finding a safe place to sleep outside. They need help. If this catches your heart, please donate.


Join Us!

Second Sunday of every month:
12 - 2 pm. Everyone is welcome.
If you would like to volunteer please email 

Spring 2022: Consultants needed! Matthew 25 is seeking individuals who have experience and knowledge about gardening to serve as consultants. The actual "work" of gardening is to be done by those who reserve a garden space. If this is something that sounds of interest to you, please contact Evelyn Nelson.

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