Apple Valley, Minnesota

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Free Community Meals

Served from 5:30 to 6:30 pm
First, second, and fourth Monday of each month (September-May)
First and fourth Monday of each month (June-August)

Community Meals at Grace Lutheran Church serves free meals to those in the community in transition or desiring social interaction. Guests are seated at 5:30, and the meal is served at 6:00 pm.

We serve approximately 60-65 guests at every meal. Our guests come from varied backgrounds and for different reasons, but all appreciate the free, nutritious meals as well as the cheerful, caring volunteers.


It takes 18 dedicated volunteers to prepare and serve each meal. During the school year many energetic confirmation students also help with serving the meals. We’re always looking for volunteers to serve in the following areas:

  • Cook. Plan the menu and shopping list for 4-6 meals per year. Prepare and serve the meal with the help of a team of 3-5 people. Training provided.
  • Bread pickup. Pick up the extra bread from Panera Bakery at 9:15 p.m. Sunday evening. Deliver it to Gace Lutheran Church by 5:00 p.m. the following day. (8-10 times per year)
  • Wash pots and pans. Wash the dishes used in the kitchen when the meal is being prepared and clean up the kitchen. (12 times per year)

If you are interested in having fun while helping those in need, please contact Debbie Knutson, 952-239-0856, or Naomi Owen, 952-221-5640.

Other Meals Served in the Community

The area churches listed below also serve free meals during the week:

Hosanna Lutheran Church (every Tuesday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.)
9600 163rd Street West
Lakeville, MN 55044

Episcopal Church of the Nativity (every Wednesday, 5-7 p.m. — (5-6:30 p.m. June-August)
15601 Maple Island Road  (Across from Buck Hill)
Burnsville, MN 55306

Crossroads (every Wednesday, 5:45-6:30 p.m.)
17671 Glacier Way
Lakeville, MN 55044

All Saints Catholic Church  (second Thursday of each month, 6-7:00 p.m.)
19795 Holyoke Avenue  (Enter south side of building, Door M)
Lakeville, MN  55044

Cross of Christ (third Thursday of each month, 5:30-6:15 p.m.)
8748 210th Street West
Lakeville, MN 55044

Easter Lutheran by the Lake  (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday every week, 5:30-6:30 p.m.)
4545 Pilot Knob Road  (corner of Pilot Knob & Cliff Road)
Eagan, MN 55122