Hope begins with a meal

Thrivent members, Union Gospel Mission team up to warm hearts and souls this Thanksgiving

For many of us, Thanksgiving is all about food, family and football. But if you're among the more than 321,800 Twin Cities-area residents and families who live in poverty or experience food insecurity, Thanksgiving is just another Thursday.

We are teaming up with Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities (UGMTC) again this year to help raise money and food donations for the Mission's Thanksgiving food distribution.

Starting in April, Thrivent members will be invited to help raise food and funds for UGMTC’s annual Thanksgiving food distribution through donation drives at open houses, Thrivent Choice®, member-led Thrivent Action Teams and more. Our goal is to provide 60,000 Thanksgiving meals to families in need!

Do you have a heart for hunger? See below for ways to support us and be part of the Big Game on Saturday, October 26 versus Maryland!

Teaming up to help beat hunger in our community

Thrivent members who host a Thrivent Action Team between May 22, 2019 and October 18, 2019 to benefit Union Gospel Mission will receive four free tickets to the Minnesota Golden Gophers versus the University of Maryland Terrapins football game.

Event: Minnesota Golden Gophers versus University of Maryland Terrapins
Where: TCF Bank Stadium
When: Saturday, October 26, 2019

Learn more about Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities.

Get involved: Here's what you can do


Personal donations can be made through InFaith Community Foundation to help Union Gospel Mission.


Between May 22, 2019 and October 18, 2019, eligible Thrivent members can direct Choice DollarsĀ© to Union Gospel Mission-Twin Cities.


Thrivent members who lead a Thrivent Action Team by October 18, 2019 will receive four tickets to watch the Minnesota Golden Gophers take on the University of Maryland Terrapins at TCF Stadium. Need some inspiration? Check out these Thrivent Action Team ideas (PDF).

To apply:

  1. Click on "Apply now" below to log in.
  2. Complete the application:
    • Use promocode: HEART4HUNGER

Once your activity is approved, you'll receive $250 in seed money to jump-start your event as well as a kit containing T-shirts and a banner to create visibility for your team.


Join us at a Heart for Hunger Open House this year! We will be hosting locations across the metro area. Visit our website for a location near you. Members who donate a Thanksgiving grocery bag, or donate $35, will receive two tickets to the big game!