The Provision Community Team

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Anna Wienke - Executive Director

David Smith - Programs Director

Sarah Seifert - Board Chair - Program Director of Strategic Business Engagements, United Health Group (Optum)

Kenny Beck - Board Treasurer - Stone Arch

Julee Stoesz - Board Secretary - Community Member

Jared  Brewington - Owner, Funky Grits

Brent Frederick - Owner, Jester Concepts

Virginia Jones - Corrections Sergeant, Dakota County Corrections

Mark Smith - eCommerce Marketing Manager, BI Worldwide

Steve Wilcox - Sales Manager, Aramark


Our Story

 
 

After months of time in the "Think Tank", Provision's Board and Staff decided that we would accomplish our mission by (1) serving free meals in an engaging, welcoming space where all members of the community can dine with us, (2) inviting various local chefs to visit our facility to provide education and encouragement on food preparation, sustainable living practices, and the reduction of food waste, and (3) connecting members of the community who are able to donate their time and skills or talents with others in the community who seek support or mentoring in one or more areas of their lives through our Harvest program. We will fund these activities through a combination of grants and donations from individuals, foundations, businesses, and governmental entities.

Provision is dedicated to eliminating hunger, food waste, and social barriers in the Minneapolis community by providing daily dinners for all people, regardless of their ability to pay. Our food-service model is based in large part on the One World Everybody Eats (“OWEE”) community café model (see www.oneworldeverybodyeats.com), which is used by several 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations around the United States, including (1) So All May Eat, Inc., a Colorado nonprofit corporation (website: www.soallmayeat.org); (2) F A R M Cafe Inc., a North Carolina nonprofit corporation(website: www.farmcafe.org); (4) Who Is My Neighbor, Inc., a New Jersey nonprofit corporation (website: www.betterworldcafe.org).

At Provision, we ask diners to offer their personal provision, or to “give as you can” by donating time or volunteer service to our organization. Provision is also dedicated to overcoming isolation and hardship in the lives of our neighbors by fostering authentic relationships over the course of a shared meal among people of various social, racial, and economic classes, thereby building compassion, tolerance, and care within our community. We accomplish this purpose by providing meals in a dignified and respectful manner at "family style" meals served around a community table. We also accomplish this purpose by helping community members identify their own needs and meet the needs of others through our Harvest program. Because overcoming isolation and hardship in the lives of our neighbors depends on breaking down social, racial, and economic barriers, Provision will not limit its services to people from a particular economic class.