VEAP is a basic needs organization whose programs include access to healthy foods, social services, housing stability and supportive services.
VEAP takes a holistic approach to program delivery together with its strategic partners to build a stronger community.
Learn more about VEAP programs, our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, Board of Directors, staff, and financials. VEAP’s office is co-located with Hennepin County; however, we do not share visitor information with the county nor do we receive information from them.
Frequently Asked Questions
The majority of the people utilizing VEAP’s services tend to earn low-incomes. However, assumptions based on appearance and material possessions may suggest differently. We encourage visitors, volunteers and partners alike to remember that appearance is not a reflection of need. Here are some reasons why:
- In some cases, neighbors borrow vehicles to get to VEAP. Some may be locked into car payments they were able to afford while employed but now struggle to meet.
- Smart phones are often less expensive than a standard landline.
- A visitor’s unique needs may have resulted from health problems, differing ability, age or another factor not necessarily visible to others.
- For many apparently financially-stable individuals, a catastrophic life event or job loss can move them from middle class to teetering on the brink of financial instability in a relatively short time.
- “Nice” cars in our lot could belong to a volunteer or a donor, or a visitor may be getting a ride from a friend.
VEAP is here to help others during their time of need, not to question or pass judgment. We ask everyone else who visits our organization to extend the same compassion.
VEAP’s Mobile Food Pantry is open to everyone! With several convenient sites throughout the Twin Cities, we encourage individuals and families to visit as often as needed. Check our event calendar for current distribution sites and times.
Many of the financial assistance programs through our Social Services Programs are based on assessments conducted by our team and are meant to provide short-term financial assistance to help families stay in their homes, get current on utility bills, or meet an immediate financial need that will lead to longer-term financial stability.
VEAP utilizes a “visitor choice” model which means our visitors get to select the items they know how to prepare and know their family will be able to use. Once the individual has completed their shopping, their items are counted and bagged by VEAP volunteers. Then each visitor is given a large box (or multiple boxes depending on family size) to fill with fresh produce. Whatever can fit in the box is welcome– we do not have number limits on fruits and veggies. Finally, on check-out, a volunteer will weigh the total food received so we can keep accurate track of inventory.