Caring Network/Starfish

Caring Network began in 2009 as a convening of TRUST congregations who were concerned about the numbers of community members requesting financial help from the congregations and the churches’ ability to meet needs and be good stewards of the congregations’ resources. At that time, it was called Helping out in Hard Times. The group began with education and eventually Bethlehem Lutheran and Judson Baptist created a fund called Starfish Network, modeled after and mentored by the St. Joan of Arc Care Fund. It began giving in late 2010, and they are inviting other congregations to join in this effort.

The Starfish ministry’s number is 952-686-4124. Those seeking help must live in the area of south Minneapolis east of France Avenue, north of Highway 494, west of Hiawatha Avenue and south of 394 OR be a member of either Bethlehem Lutheran or Judson Baptist churches and live anywhere.

St. Joan of Arc Care Fund gives those in financial crisis a helping hand.  Those making requests must live in the area east of France Avenue,  south of 394/94, north of Highway 62, and west of the Mississippi River. The Care Fund welcomes anyone in need who lives in the service area to apply for help.  Those needing help may call the CARE Fund at 612-554-4128.


Listed below are some of the services available from local congregations.
(If you would like your congregation’s resources listed and are in south Minneapolis, please call or email the TRUST office.)

  • St. John’s Lutheran, 49th & Nicollet
    • Free Community Meal on the 4th Saturday of the month from 12—1.
  • Richfield Methodist , 5835 Lyndale Avenue S.
    • God’s Hands Thrift Store, open every Saturday from 9 AM to Noon, Every item is sold for 25 cents.
  • Minnehaha Methodist, 3701 E. 50th Street on the 4th Saturday of the month.
    • Minneharvest  food giveaway
    • Doors open at 9:00 AM. Each adult can take two bags of groceries. The cost is $2.00 per bag.
    • They also provide a Food Shelf on Tuesdays from  10:30 AM -3:00 PM. Doors open at 10:00 AM.
    • They serve Minneapolis households south of Lake Street and east of Cedar Avenue.
    • Call the church at 612 – 721-6231 for information.
  • Calvary Lutheran, 3901 Chicago Ave. S. every
    • Food Shelf
    • Saturday from 9:00 AM – Noon. 
    • Call the church at 612-827-2504 for more information.
  • Living Spirit UMC , 4501 Bloomington Avenue South
    • Free Wednesday night suppers served weekly from 5:45-6:30 p.m. 
    • Go to  and click on the calendar page for menus.
  •  All God’s Children MCC, 3100 Park Avenue S.
    • Free Community Meal
    • Third Sunday of the month from 11:00-12:30.
    • Contact Brian at 612-824-2673 for information.