Programs & Services

         Nourish 282 currently provides food relief for District 282 students           and their families, and a Free Store for winter outerwear in the Fall.
Food Assistance Program


Our largest initiative is our Food Assistance Program. In an effort to give families the dignity of self choice and fresh, healthy food options, we provide a monthly grocery store gift card. We provide $40 a month per child enrolled in the program, with a family cap of $200 a month. This program is available to all students in the district, pre-K through 12, and families self choose participation. 


How to help? 

Our greatest need is monetary funding. We are a small non profit with a 100% volunteer workforce. At the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic, we doubled the monthly allotment provided to families. We cannot support our local families without your help, please consider a donation today.                             


Food Pantry

Thanks to Faith United Methodist Church (2708 33rd Ave NE, St. Anthony) we now have a small Food Pantry for non perishable food, household, and personal care needs. The first Wednesday of each month, Nourish 282 collects pre-packed nonperishable bags of food. In the era of COVID, we love a prepacked bag that provides a family of three food for 2-3 days. This helps us limit the time our volunteers spend together and we don't have to overhandle the grocery items. Of course, we will take singular items as well. Please click here for ideas of what a grocery bag may look like. 

How to help? 

In addition to the non perishable food, monetary donations help us keep food and household items on hand for the families we serve. Please consider a donation today.                             

Free Store


In early October, Nourish 282 accepts donations from our generous community of new and gently used outerwear items.   A Free Store is set up for families to shop for jackets, snow pants, hats, mittens/gloves, scarves and boots. All items are free to the families and any items 'out of stock' on the shopping day will be purchased and given directly to the child in need. Each year we typically outfit more than 70 students head-to-toe in outerwear.  

2022 Free Store - October 13-16th. To reserve your spot, sign up here!


How to help?

Consider donating new or gently used outerwear to Nourish 282 to help keep a child warm during the cold winter months.

Donations are currently being accepted through Oct. 12th. Please email us regarding how to donate!

Weekly Meal Initiative

Every week two Minneapolis chefs provide ten meals to our Nourish families. Families are so grateful to have an amazing meal that is completely ready to go one night of the week. Chef Liza Atkinson of Nosh & Gather had an innovative way to help her community and engage her clients in her giving journey. She brought in Chef Valerie Faure of Valerie's French Kitchen so they could include more families each week. We are grateful to Liza and Valerie for their creativity and generosity. We are also grateful for the generosity of their clientele who help make these weekly meals possible. 

How to help? 

Interested in a weekly or occasional meal and want to help families in our community? Find more info here:

Nosh & Gather's website:

Valerie's French Kitchen website:

Affordable Housing Initiative

Nourish 282 understands that real affordable, stable housing is essential in building community. In the summer of 2017, we watched as so many families living in the Lowry Grove Mobile Home Park were displaced.  It really shed light on the misnomer that is affordable housing. We hope to grow this fund and its impact to include aid to families at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Assistance could include, but is not limited to, storage rental fees, gas money/bus passes, rental subsidy, repair on mobile home, etc. Assistance from the Affordable Housing Initiative requires an application process. Applicants are not guaranteed acceptance. 


How to help? 

Our greatest need is monetary funding. We cannot support our local families without your help, please consider a donation today.