3041 Fremont Ave So

Minneapolis, MN 55408




“The mission of the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf is to distribute food to those in need, with respect and dignity, as an expression of the love of God.”

2019 was a busy year at Joyce Uptown Foodshelf and we are especially grateful to Lake Harriet UMC and the many ways you supported the Foodshelf and the community we serve in 2019. Joyce Uptown Foodshelf saw a12% overall increase in individual Foodshelf visits as compared to 2018. 


Here is 2019 by the Numbers:

* 12,684 total individuals served (4,606 households)

*  4,358 children served (ages 0-17)

*  2,032 first time ever Foodshelf visitors served

*  239,556 pounds of food distributed


Looking ahead to 2020 and beyond the Foodshelf will continue to live out our mission to serve with respect and dignity and work towards our strategic goals. One of our strategic goals is to provide high quality and quantities of food to all individuals and families that visit the Foodshelf, food options that they can depend on receiving at each visit. In 2019 we completed a client survey and learned the food items that clients depend on most are meat/protein, fresh produce, eggs, dairy, cereal/rice/pasta. We continue to work toward providing food options that our clients rely on the most.


Finally, as we look to 2020 and beyond, we are also focused on the vision of improving our physical space for our clients. Currently, Joyce Uptown Foodshelf continues to reside in “Joyce House.” Part of living out our mission of serving with respect and dignity is becoming a fully accessible space as well as becoming a full-choice Foodshelf. A full-choice Foodshelf provides food shelf participants the ability to choose their own food options, as they might at a grocery store. The Joyce Uptown Foodshelf board is committed to improving our physical space and have been exploring options on how best to move forward. We will rely on our community partners to support us as we move forward on this goal. Continue to look for updates and ways to engage as we move forward.
To learn more, click here to visit the Joyce Uptown Foodshelf website.