VEAP: Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People
Founded in 1973, VEAP is a “basic needs” social services organization that provides access to healthy foods, social services, and transportation. VEAP delivers its programs thanks to the support of over 3,000 volunteers that stock the pantry shelves, greet clients, work in the warehouse, perform data entry and administrative tasks, and organize special events.
VEAP has three focus areas: Healthy food access; Safe, affordable, dignified housing; and Building social connections and supports.
VEAP operates one of the largest food pantries in the state with approximately 10,000 individuals having access to healthy foods every month. In 2017, over 3.7 million pounds of food was distributed, 55% of which was fresh fruits and vegetables.
And the second commandment is: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
St. Edward’s regular Second Sunday VEAP Food collection serves as a reminder to habitually donate to those less fortunate, by using the big wooden boxes located in our foyer.
In the summer time St. Edward’s has a vegetable garden on the south lawn, and donates all of its fresh produce to VEAP’s food shelf. We are always in need to volunteers to tend to the garden.
St. Edward’s also provides volunteers, financial support, and material goods to VEAP on a regular basis.
To request services with VEAP call (952) 888-9616. More information about VEAP can be found on their website at www.veapvolunteers.org.
For questions or more information, please contact the parish office at 952-835-7101.