Come as you are; Give as you can.
Imagine a place to REPURPOSE
As we develop feasts out of repurposed food, we reduce food waste and isolation in our city. In offering our experience, skills, and talents so that others may thrive, we discover new purpose and meaning in our gifts and in our lives.
Imagine a chance to RESTORE
In sharing nutritious meals and supportive connections, physical health and hope return. As we provide the basic human right to food, justice is restored.
Imagine an opportunity to REVIVE
As we cultivate a welcoming and engaging environment, a sense of belonging is reborn. In coming together to share our time and our stories, a true sense of community is revived.
The Provision Community Team
Anna Wienke- Executive Director
David Smith- Programs Director
Sarah Seifert - Board Chair - Program Director of Strategic Business Engagements, United Health Group
Kenny Beck - Board Treasurer - Server, Red Cow
Melanie Yackley - Board Secretary- Case Manager, Greene Espel PLLP
Jared Brewington - Owner, Funky Grits
Brent Frederick - Owner, Jester Concepts
Virginia Jones - Corrections Sergeant, Dakota County Corrections
Jennifer Kostroski - Latent Print Examiner, Minnesota BCA
Angela Shero - Sales Rep, Unifirst Corporation
Mark Smith - Buyer/Product Manager, BI Worldwide
Steve Wilcox - Sales Manager, BDS Laundry Systems
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-what-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.