St. Paul, Minnesota (November 16, 2016) – Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities will be distributing 60,000 Thanksgiving meals during the holiday week – the largest food giveaway of its kind in Minnesota – to feed the hungry in our community.

“The bags of food only cost about $35,” explains Dr. Charles P. Morgan, Chief Executive Officer of Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities. “Each year, we have friends and neighbors in need at our Men’s Campus, eagerly anticipating getting their bag. Why is this? Because this food makes a huge difference in someone’s budget for November. But that meal is just the first step toward hope.“Hope begins with a meal,” Dr. Morgan continues. When people are fed, they have the strength to focus on their choices and future plans.
The Mission’s multi-leveled programming, in addition to our meal services, helps those in need in our community to thrive and become productive citizens again.”According to Hunger Solutions Minnesota, Minnesotans made 3,281,389 visits to food shelves in 2015. Without this bag of food or the hot meals we serve on Thanksgiving, many people would have a hard time making it through the month of November.
The Mission even distributes thousands of meals to National Guard families to let them know they haven’t been forgotten.Ordinary people in churches and businesses partner with the Mission to make this food giveaway possible. About 40 organizations are helping gather bags this year, and over 500 volunteers help with the Thanksgiving events.Key Dates

  • Potato Bagging: November 17, 18, and 19 – 36,000 pounds of potatoes donated by a farmer in Becker, MN are bagged by volunteers
  • Over 11,500 bags of food distributed: November 21 and 22
  • 1,600 Thanksgiving meals served onsite or delivered to local high rises: Thanksgiving Day, November 24
  • Photo and video opportunities available at all events (2015 photos also attached)
  •  Events held at UGM Men’s Campus, 435 University Ave. E., St. Paul

Union Gospel Mission to give out 60,000 meals this Thanksgiving

Contact Information

Daniel Furry—Communications and Marketing Manager| | 651-789-7570

Brian Molohon—Vice President of Development | | 651-789-7600


About Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities

UGMTC provides Christ-centered, discipleship-oriented pathways and programs that restore dignity and wholeness to men, women, and children. The Union Gospel Mission (UGM), founded in 1902, is a Christian ministry dedicated to serving those who are homeless, poor and addicted in our community. By meeting physical, spiritual, emotional and educational needs, our Mission is changing lives! The Mission helps people rebuild their lives by providing safe shelternutritious foodmedical and dental care, and a broad variety of life-changing programs for children and adults. Our goal is to encourage each person to value themselves as God values them, to see the gifts they have to offer the world, and to help them seek out a bright future as a fully contributing member of our community.