A win on and off the field

Thrivent members, Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities, U of M team up to feed those in need

On Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers took the field and walked off with a win. In the bleachers and in the tailgate lots, Thrivent, its members and Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities (UGMTC) had a big win, too.

Starting in April, a team effort came to life where Thrivent members helped raise more than $42,000 for UGMTC’s annual Thanksgiving food distribution – that’s more than 20,000 meals – through a combination of personal donations, Thrivent Choice Dollars® directions and 83 member-led Thrivent Action Teams.

In appreciation for their efforts, members received gameday tickets, T-shirts and tailgated for a cause, complete with face painting, a photo booth, a wheel of (possible) fortune and – of course – more ways to help the effort.

“Union Gospel Mission and Thrivent are logical partners,” said Dan Furry, UGMTC manager of Communications & Marketing. “We’re two faith-centered organizations that have made the Twin Cities home for more than 100 years as we give back to our communities and the people in them while inspiring others to live generously.”

UGMTC hopes to distribute 60,000 Thanksgiving meals to underserved people in the community. See below for ways you can help ensure they have a meal this Thanksgiving.

Get involved: Here's what you can do

All families deserve a Thanksgiving meal. For every Facebook share, Thrivent will donate one meal to an individual in need. Help us provide 60,000 meals to Twin Cities families this Thanksgiving.

Share on Facebook and Thrivent will donate a meal to an individual in need.

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


Eligible Thrivent Members can apply to lead a Thrivent Action Team in support of Union Gospel Mission. 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!


Eligible Thrivent members can direct Choice Dollars® to Union Gospel Mission-Twin Cities.

Food collection and drop-off sites

Start collecting food and funds. See the list (PDF) of grocery ideas and drop-off site locations.