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Volunteer at Home for Flavors of Our Community

Sign up today to volunteer for Flavors of Our Community! Drop-offs are open from Monday, March 4 – Friday, April 12. Your support helps ensure local food shelves are stocked with culturally relevant foods, so people of all cultures have access to foods, flavors and spices they are familiar with.

Follow These Steps to Volunteer at Home:

  1. Choose which pantry pack(s) you will assemble and donate.
  2. Sign up to confirm your packs and a drop-off location.
  3. Purchase the items listed for your pantry pack(s).
  4. Assemble the pantry pack(s) by placing the items into the type of bag listed.
  5. Drop off completed pantry pack(s) from Monday, March 4 – Friday, April 12 at the location you selected during sign up.
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Pantry Packs

A Ziploc bag is filled with Afghan staple food items

Afghan Staples

Place all items in a 1-gallon Ziploc bag

1 (15 oz container) Raisins
1 (16 oz bag) Dried Kidney Beans
1 (32 oz) Basmati Rice
1 (10 oz) Almonds – whole

A Ziploc bag is filled with spices familiar to the Afghan community including cardamom, coriander, and dill

Afghan Spices

Place all items in a quart Ziploc bag

1 (2 oz) Paprika
1 (2 oz) Turmeric
1 (2.5 oz ground) Chili Powder
1 (4 oz) Salt
1 (1.25 oz) Pepper
A Ziploc bag is filled with staple foods of the East African community including garbanzo beans, rice, and dates.

East African Staples

Place all items in a 2-gallon Ziploc bag

1 (16 oz bag) Dried Lentils
1 (16 oz bag) Garbanzo Beans
1 (16 oz bag) Red Kidney Beans
1 (32 oz bag) Basmati Rice
1 (8 oz bag) Dates
A Ziploc bag is filled with ingredients familiar to the Indigenous community including cranberries, cornmeal, and vegetable broth

Indigenous Staples*

Place all items in a 2-gallon Ziploc bag

1 (24 oz) Organic Yellow Corn Meal
1 (32 oz) Organic Vegetable Broth
1 (6 oz) Dried Cranberries
1 (16 oz) Sunflower Oil

A Ziploc bag is filled with ingredients familiar to the Karen community including rice noodles, vegetable oil, and bamboo shoots.

Karen Staples

Place all items in a 2-gallon Ziploc bag

1 (7 oz can) Sardines
1 (8 oz can) Bamboo Shoots
1 (3.75 oz box) Bean Thread Noodles
1 (32 oz bag) Jasmine Rice
1 (32 oz) Vegetable Oil

A Ziploc bag is filled with spices familiar to the Karen community including fish sauce, black pepper, and turmeric.

Karen Spices

Place all items in a 1-gallon Ziploc bag

1 (2 oz) Turmeric
1 (4 oz) Salt
1 (1.25 oz) Pepper
1 (.7 oz) Ginger
1 (2.5 oz) Garlic Powder
1 (8 oz) Chili Garlic Sauce
A Ziploc bag is filled with Latinx staples including white rice and black beans

Latinx Staples

Place all items in a 2-gallon Ziploc bag

1 (15 oz can) Corn, whole kernel
1 (14.5 oz can) Diced Tomatoes
1 (12 oz can) Jalapenos
1 (16 oz can) Refried Beans
1 (16 oz bag) Dry Beans
1 (32 oz bag) White Rice
A Ziploc bag is filled with spices familiar to the Latinx community including adobo, cumin and chili powder

Latinx Spices

Place all items in a 1-gallon Ziploc bag

1 (2.5 oz ground) Cinnamon
1 (0.6 oz) Cumin
1 (2.5 oz ground) Chili Powder
1 (3 oz) Garlic Powder
1 (8 oz) Goya Seasoning


A Ziploc bag is filled with staple foods of the East Asian community including rice noodles, bean threads, and sardines

Southeast Asian Staples

Place all items in a 2-gallon Ziploc bag

1 (4 oz can) Asian Mackerels or Sardines
1 (14 oz can) Baby Corn (whole)
1 (8 oz can) Bamboo Shoots
1 (5 oz box) Bean Thread Noodles
1 (14 oz can) Coconut Milk
1 (29 oz bag) Jasmine Rice
A hand is holding a Ziploc bag filled with sauce staples of the Southeast Asian community including soy sauce, sriracha, and fish sauce.

Southeast Asian Sauces

Place all items in a 1-gallon Ziploc bag

1 (8 oz) Chili Garlic Sauce
1 (7 oz) Fish Sauce
1 (10 oz) Hoisin Sauce
1 (17 oz) Siracha Sauce
A Ziploc bag is filled with staple baking items

Universal Baking Staples

Place all items in a jumbo (14 3/8” x 16”) Ziploc bag

1 (5 lb bag) All-purpose Flour
1 (4 lb bag) Sugar
1 (26 oz container) Salt
3 (.75oz package) Active Dry Yeast
1 (32 oz) Vegetable Oil

Shopping Notes

  1. The average cost per pack ranges between $10 - $25.
  2. Sizes listed can be adjusted based on store availability.
  3. Items can be found at your local global food supermarket or standard grocery store. Check these areas:
    • Global / Ethnic foods section
    • Spice section
    • Canned meats / fish section
    • Baking section
  4. Incomplete pantry packs: Please include all items listed in each pantry pack to the best of your ability. We acknowledge the current food shortage challenges and the potential for items to be unavailable at local stores. If items are missing, please include a note in your pack(s) listing each missing item.
Download Pantry Pack List →

Drop-Off Options

Open Drop-Off at Bremer Bank

A collection box will be placed inside the lobby at the following Bremer Bank locations during open business hours (9 am – 5 pm) from Monday, March 4 – Friday, April 12:

  • Brooklyn Center: 5540 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
  • Eagan: 1995 RahnCliff Court, Eagan, MN 55122
  • Edina: 6900 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435
  • Lake Elmo (Bremer Service Center): 8555 Eagle Point Blvd, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
  • Plymouth: 3415 Vicksburg Ln N, Plymouth, MN 55447
  • Roseville: 1715 County Road B2 West, Roseville, MN 55113
  • St. Louis Park: 7924 Highway 7, Saint Louis Park, MN 55426
  • St. Paul: 423 Snelling Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104

Scheduled Drop-Off at Greater Twin Cities United Way

Not able to make a drop-off at a Bremer Bank location? Select “Schedule a Drop-Off at Greater Twin Cities United Way” during sign up, and a member of the Volunteer United team will reach out to coordinate a drop-off at United Way’s office.

Greater Twin Cities United Way office: 404 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404

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THANK YOU TO BREMER BANK FOR BEING OUR VOLUNTEER AT HOME PARTNER

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