2323 11th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Waite House accepts fresh produce donations during the following time periods:
Monday – Friday 10AM – 1PM
Or by appointment
Contact: Rachel Henderson, Family Partnership Coordinator
Contact: Jared Walhowe, Garden Gleaning Project Neighborhood Coordinator
Pillsbury United Communities’ mission is to create choice, change and connection, one person at a time. With a primary goal of effecting social and economic change, Waite House integrates transformative community engagement with services to bring about positive change with individuals, families and the broader community. While we see safety net services as essential to supporting the community, we look for ways to make these services less necessary through financial empowerment, management of resources, and creativity in sourcing food. We have recently worked on initiatives to empower participants to take part in the good food movement that thrives in Minneapolis. This includes coordinating a community garden and making space available for families to grow their own food; hosting classes and workshops on gardening, composting, cooking, and preserving food; and hosting community conversations around food justice.
One of four core programs, the Waite House Food Program includes a market-style food shelf, the Community Café (a free lunch program), twice-monthly produce distributions, and other seasonal activities. Primary objectives of Waite House’s Food Program include providing nutritious options in a respectful and culturally appropriate manner; facilitating access and connections to resources that move people toward greater economic stability; and realizing efficiencies through increased volunteers, in-kind donations and partnerships.
Each year more than 4,500 community members participate in Waite House programs that build social and economic capital. Food program participants in 2011 were 48% Latino; 19% African American; 13% American Indian; 10% Caucasian; 2% African; 1% Asian and 7% Other. The majority of our participants come from the Phillips Community and adjacent neighborhoods.
Preferred fresh produce items. “Plant A Row” for Waite House!
- Tomatoes and cherry tomatoes
- Green beans
- Hot/ sweet peppers
- Cooking Greens – spinach, kale, collards, etc.
- Herbs – especially cilantro, parsley, basil, thyme, oregano
- Sweet corn