Featured Partner: Open Arms of Minnesota

Featured Partner: Open Arms of Minnesota

It’s a simple notion: people who are sick should not be without food. Yet every day people in our community with life-threatening illnesses find themselves unable to shop or cook — and, often, without the support network to help.

That’s where Open Arms of Minnesota comes in. Open Arms is a nonprofit that cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities.

Open Arms believes that food is medicine, and their work matters to the health outcomes of neighbors living with illness.

With the help of over 6,000 volunteers, they’ll cook and deliver more than 600,000 medically-tailored meals this year to people living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), as well as their caregivers and dependents. Since their founding in 1986, they’ve delivered more than 5 million nourishing meals to neighbors in need.


Thanksgiving is a very special day at Open Arms of Minnesota. For more than 30 years, this holiday has been an important chance to show people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities that someone is thinking of them, particularly those who don’t otherwise have a support network.

Open Arms offers their clients two choices for a Thanksgiving meal to share with their families:

1. Those who feel up to cooking receive a high-quality frozen turkey with all the fixings.
2. Those who are too sick to cook get a ready-to-enjoy turkey feast delivered on Thanksgiving Day.

To support this special tradition, Open Arms is aiming to raise $50,000 in the 10th annual Turkey Drive! Every $50 donation provides a turkey and all the fixings for an Open Arms client and their family so they can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal made with love.

Sponsor a turkey dinner at openarmsturkeydrive.org


Do something deliciously impactful this holiday season: Order handmade goodies from the Open Arms bakery, perfect for entertaining and host/hostess gifts! Every $25 purchase of Thanksgiving pumpkin pies, cookie dough, peppermint bark and boxes of cookies supports five meals for Open Arms’ clients living with life-threatening illnesses.

Place your holiday order at openarmsmarket.org