Because God feeds us, we work to feed others. Mount Olivet works to understand and alleviate hunger in our community, responding in a variety of ways; breaking bread with hungry people, partnering with our local food pantry, redistributing unsold food from retailers, and bringing meals to elderly people and school-aged children.


KidPack assembles and distributes non-perishable meals to give to students experiencing food insecurity at Northport Elementary School in Brooklyn Center so they have something to eat over the weekend. 

How to Get Involved: 

  • Packing
    • Spend 45 minutes with a large group of Mount Olivet volunteers taking individual food items and putting them into the 500 bags that will be distributed to the students.
    • 2017-2018 KidPack happens at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall on the following Wednesdays:  December 13, January 10, January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 21, April 11, April 25, May 9, and May 23.
    • Show up on a KidPack night, or email Kim Dunford.
  • Distribution
    • Spend an hour with your team greeting the 500 students with a smile and presenting them with their KidPack meal.
    • Distribution happens on Friday afternoons at Northport Elementary. 
    • Email Chuck Haag to get assigned to a team.


PRISM is a food shelf, thrift store, and housing counseling agency in Golden Valley that helps people get their basic needs met in a way that honors their dignity. 

How to Get Involved:

  • Donate
    • Share nonperishable food items with those in need in our community. 
    • Donation bins are located across the hallway from the Mount Olivet Library.
  • Volunteer at PRISM
    • Stock shelves, guide shoppers through the food pantry, or sort items for the thrift shop. Volunteer anytime between 9am - 4pm Monday through Friday. Contact Kevin Lytle, Marlene Stimpson, or Diana Kallestad.
    • Beginning on Saturday, December 2nd, PRISM will welcome volunteers for a two-hour shift on the first Saturday of each month as part of its ongoing "Super Saturdays" in the Shop For Change Thrift Shop.

      There is no need to call in advance or pre-register: simply stop in on Saturday, December 2 at 9:45 a.m. or 11:45 a.m. and you will receive a brief tour and instructions on your duties during the two-hour shift. Children 10 and older are welcome under adult supervision. This is a great way to spend quality time with your family and friends while doing good for the community! 

      Have questions? Contact Diana Kallestad.

Dinner at your door

Dinner at Your Door delivers meals to homebound folks in Crystal, Robbinsdale, New Hope, Golden Valley, Brooklyn Park and eastern Plymouth. 

  • Drive your car on an assigned route to distribute the food.
  • When?
    • 1st Tuesday of each month (1 driver needed)
    • 3rd Friday of each month (2 drivers needed)
    • 4th Friday of each month (4 drivers needed)

Contact Bob Carlson for more information.

Meal sharing ministries: loaves and fishes, trinity suppers

Serve and share a free dinner with people experiencing food insecurity in Minneapolis. Meal sharing ministries happen on the first Wednesdays of the month. 

  • Loaves and Fishes meets from 5:00pm to 6:45pm
    • Where: Holy Rosary Catholic Church on 2424 18th Avenue S in Minneapolis. 
    • When: January 3, March 7, May 2
  • Trinity Suppers meets from 5:45pm - 7:30pm, with dinner served at 6pm.

Contact Deb McDonald to get involved.

second harvest heartland

Second Harvest Heartland collects, repacks, and distributes millions of pounds of food each year to agency partners that directly serve clients. 

Get involved by attending Mount Olivet Night at Second Harvest where we repack bulk goods obtained from individual donors, donor companies, and local growers into family-sized packages.

  • Where: 6325 Sandburg Rd, Suite 1700 in Golden Valley. 
  • When: 6:00pm - 8:00pm on the first Thursday of the month: December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2.

Click here to sign up for a spot, or email Joni Marti.


Because God makes a home among us, we make homes for others. Mount Olivet seeks a world where all people have adequate housing. We make a difference by building homes locally and internationally, by using our church as a shelter for families experiencing homelessness, and by advocating for actions and policies that will create more affordable housing in the Twin Cities Metro.

Habitat for humanity

Habitat for Humanity is an organization that helps low-income families become homeowners by building and remodeling houses. 

How to Get Involved: 

  • Local Builds:
    • Help build a house for a family who couldn't afford one otherwise.
    • Email Wade Borg.
  • International Builds:
    • Travel to Nicaragua to build a house. 
    • When: February 24, 2018 to April 4, 2018
    • Email Tim Strommen.

Beacon interfaith housing collaborative

Beacon Interfaith Housing is a collaborative effort of 90+ local congregations to end homelessness in Minnesota. 

How to Get Involved:

  • LEARN. More learning opportunities coming soon!
    • Cranberry Ridge: Speak up for Beacon's proposed affordable housing development in Plymouth at the Plymouth City Council. Dates and times to be announced.
    • Day on the Hill: Talk with Minnesota Legislators at the State Capitol Building to ensure funding for affordable housing and homelessness services. Dates to be announced. 
  • VOLUNTEER with Families Moving Forward as we use the Mount Olivet building to shelter families experiencing homelessness.When: May 27-June 10. 

people in transition

Because God is with us, we are with people in transition. Mount Olivet is called to be a presence of hope by accompanying people in the vulnerable and frightening moments of transition in their lives. We help women fleeing domestic violence find shelter, form relationships with students living in poverty, and mentor youth with parents experiencing incarceration.

Parenting with purpose

Parenting with Purpose provides mentorship and support to children with a parent experiencing incarceration. Become a mentor and form a supportive relationship with a child who has an incarcerated parent. Looking for mentors able to commit to two hours per week for a year. Contact Ron Frehner and Deb Murray

Home Free

Home Free is a shelter on Medicine Lake for women and children fleeing domestic violence. 

How to Get Involved: 

  • Donate used cell phones, clothing and personal items. Toiletries and cleaning supplies are also needed. Donation bins are located across the hallway from the Mount Olivet Library. 
  • Volunteer. To volunteer with HomeFree, contact Jolynn Zeller.

northport tutoring

Tutor students at Northport Elementary School in Brooklyn Center by regularly assisting students in reading and math while building positive relationships. 

faith partners

Because God calls us into God's mission, we partner with other faith communities. Mount Olivet knows that God is bigger than our congregation, and so we join other faith communities in the work God has put in front of us. We support our national church body, the ELCA, especially in their efforts to alleviate world hunger, and we maintain close contact with Trinity Lutheran Congregation in Minneapolis and Msasani Lutheran Church in Tanzania.