To offer hope as we provide assistance to our neighbors in need
To uphold the dignity of our neighbors in need as they strive for self-sufficiency, and share the ongoing work of assisting our neighbors in partnership with the congregations, organizations, businesses, and individuals in our communities
ICA’s presence in our communities makes our neighborhoods more stable and secure
The Story of ICA Food Shelf
ICA Food Shelf (Intercongregation Communities Association) began in 1971 when two couples, aware of the mounting need in our community, began distributing food and clothing from a house in downtown Hopkins. Shortly after, ICA Food Shelf was incorporated by a coalition of five churches from Hopkins and Minnetonka. For many years, ICA bagged food for neighbors in need from an old white house on Williston Road.
In 2007 ICA opened a wonderful facility with the support of St. David's Episcopal Parish and the community, allowing the addition of a warehouse and office space to accommodate the increased need. Then, in 2014 ICA began serving our neighbors at 11588 K-Tel Drive in Minnetonka, near the border of Hopkins. This new site was designed as a “choice” food shelf model. Clients choose the food they want for their families, adding more dignity to their experience and ensuring higher usability of groceries. ICA K-Tel serves neighbors by appointment during daytime, evening, and weekend hours.
ICA’s facility on St. Davids Road continues to distribute emergency food bags, schedule clients for food appointments, and provide office and warehouse space. The mobile food shelf is successfully serving seniors in the community, where groceries are delivered to several low-income apartment buildings each month. ICA also provides home delivery to clients who are unable to visit the food shelf and do not reside at one of the mobile food shelf sites.
ICA offers food to area schools through important relationships with Hopkins and Minnetonka school districts. By providing weekend food bags for students experiencing meal gaps, along with literature to encourage parents to come to the food shelf, ICA is able to identify more families in need in the community. School teachers and social workers also use ICA’s Snack Bins to supply healthy snacks for students who are missing meals.
ICA’s case managers work directly with clients, providing referrals to other resources, and offering financial assistance for homelessness prevention. Helping people stay in their homes is a vital step in building a stable financial future. ICA’s employment specialist helps clients with skills and tools required to obtain employment.