This month marks the start of the third year of Menu Makers and we're celebrating with a double feature: black beans AND rice! Check out these great recipes, which include a salad, soup, stuffed peppers and more!
This month's Menu Makers feature -- dried great northern beans -- is great for making baked beans, chili, vegetable dips and soups -- plus we've even thrown a dessert into the mix! Take a look at all the recipes here.
Fall is in the air and we've got apples on the shelf, so we've got some great recipes as a bonus this month. You can find them here!
Start your holiday off right and join Neighbors for the Walk to End Hunger on Thanksgiving morning at the Mall of America! Since 2008, the Walk has raised more than $1,200,000 to fight hunger in the Twin Cities metro area, where one in five families with children don’t have enough to eat. Think hunger isn’t [...]
Did you know that pinto beans are the most widely produced beans in the U.S.? They are also incredibly versatile -- from salad to dessert, breakfast to dinner, there are so many ways to use this month's Menu Makers feature. In addition to some excellent recipes, we've also included instructions for preparing and storing the [...]
The new Hy-Vee store in Eagan is now open and management has agreed to donate their extra bread to Neighbors! This will help ensure that the bakery shelf is well-stocked for the 14,000 families that use it each year. We will be picking up donations from the store each weekday between 8 and 9 a.m. If [...]
What do you see when you look at this picture? Sure, it’s a shelf with produce, but it goes beyond that. Donated by one of our volunteers, it’s also a favorite stop during each shopping visit. Some days – particularly at this time of year – it may be stocked with fresh from the garden [...]
Much like August, this month's featured item may have you wondering what other ways there are to use it beyond it's traditional preparation; rest assured we've got plenty of options for you! For all you ramen noodle lover's out there, we challenge you to think outside the bowl and try some of these savory and sweet options.
Ready for your next Menu Makers feature?! Yes, we know it's only half-way through August and you may not have had a chance to try all the spaghetti noodle recipes yet, but we just couldn't wait! In addition to the delicious recipes we posted earlier this month, we're also giving you a full bonus set featuring [...]
Do you ever find yourself using an ingredient for one specific dish over and over again, without thinking about the other ways you might be able to incorporate it into something new and exciting? This month's Menu Makers feature -- spaghetti noodles -- could easily be considered one of those ingredients. However, these noodles provide [...]
Accept the 2016 Food Shelf Challenge from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless and Neighbors, Inc. this July. You can make a difference for hungry families in our community Minnesota summers were made for trips to the cabin, boat rides on the lake and farmers market outings, not food shelf visits. But that’s [...]
Sour cream pear bread...orange-glazed chicken with pears...patriotic fruit salad...pear and watermelon salsa...pear chocolate cake...fruity sorbet swirl... Are you hungry yet? Make sure to check out this month's Menu Makers recipes featuring canned pears! You can find them all by clicking here.
Do you know about all the health benefits of salmon? Eating this fish provides: Omega-3 fatty acids to help support brain function, boost eye health and lower triglycerides (which helps prevent heart disease) Selenium that helps protect against free radical damage and is great for healthy hair, skin, nails and bones Vitamin D, which helps regulate [...]
It is with great excitement that I – Delbert the Duck – announce my campaign to bring awareness about some important issues facing our community! For those who don’t know me, I represent Neighbors, Inc., a local non-profit that provides emergency assistance programs to low-income members of northern Dakota County. This includes providing people with [...]
Don’t you love this time of year, when the landscape starts turning green and the flowers are in bloom? Now is also the time when many are starting to plant their gardens with fruits and vegetables to harvest later in the season – including Neighbors! We have four planters on-site that are maintained by a [...]
Saturday, May 14, is the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Each year across the country, mail carriers help their local food shelves by collecting food donations -- and all you have to do to participate is leave a bag or box of food next to your mailbox before your mail is delivered! Your mail carrier will pick [...]
Have you ever considered putting vegetable soup in your meatloaf? How about adding greens or grilled cheese cubes to your bowl of soup? Canned vegetable soup is May's Menu Makers feature, and there are a variety of ways to use this pantry staple! The recipes -- along with others -- can be found here.
This month, Menu Makers is featuring dried lentils and this item might just be more versatile than you think! From soup to smoothies, these little legumes are high in protein and fiber. Want to give them a try? Check out these recipes.
Looking for a way to create some crunch? This month, the Menu Makers program is featuring toasted oats cereal. From savory to sweet, this product can be used in so many ways to create a variety of dishes. Check out March's recipes -- which range from cereal bars and snack mixes to chicken strips and parfaits -- here. Happy cooking!
It’s time for a different kind of food fight! Did you know that one in 10 Minnesotans doesn’t have enough food? Or that Neighbors’ food shelf serves about 550 people a month? Hunger is an issue in our community that can’t be ignored. Want to help? March is the perfect time to throw some food [...]