And the second commandment is: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

V.E.A.P. (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People)

VEAP helps neighbors in Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and a portion of South Minneapolis.

How VEAP Serves Others:veap st edwards church

VEAP Food Pantry – VEAP operates the largest food pantry in Minnesota serving over 5,200 households.

VEAP Children and Youth Service – VEAP serves over 6,000 low-income families with young children through the Summer Youth Food Program, school supplies and birthday bag program.
VEAP Social Services – VEAP has on-staff licensed social workers to provide professional Social Services to families in need of emergency financial assistance for housing.

VEAP Transportation Service – VEAP volunteer drivers provide transportation services to low-income, older adults and adults with disabilities. Rides are provided to medical appointments, grocery stores, pharmacy needs or to visit a loved one in a care facility. Volunteer drivers provided over 7,000 rides in 2012.

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St. Edward provides volunteers, financial support, and materials such as school supplies and kitchen tools.

St. Edward’s Second Sunday VEAP Food Drive serves as a reminder to habitually donate (when possible) by using the big wooden boxes located in our foyer.

Rich Peacha and his wife, Nancy, have been volunteers and donors to VEAP for the past 12 years and have this to say about their commitment to VEAP, “We believe in the mission of VEAP – that helping a neighbor in need strengthens the social and economic fabric of our community.”

Learn More

To request services VEAP call 952-888-9616. Further information about VEAP can be found on their website For information or to volunteer for VEAP contact Rich Peacha.

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