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 who live in poverty or experience food insecurity, Thanksgiving is just another Thursday.

St. Paul-based Union Gospel Mission was founded 115 years ago, and since 1958, it has provided hot and healthy holiday meals to people who are homeless, homebound, hungry or hurting.

Thrivent Financial and Union Gospel Mission have teamed up again this year to help raise money for the Mission's Thanksgiving food distribution. Last year, with your help, the Mission gave nearly 60,000 meals to hungry families in our community.

Teaming up to help beat hunger in our community

Union Gospel Mission and Thrivent team up for annual Thanksgiving meal

Thrivent members who host a Thrivent Action Team between April 26, 2018 and September 10, 2018 to benefit Union Gospel Mission will receive four free tickets to the Minnesota Golden Gophers versus Miami RedHawks football game.


Minnesota Golden Gophers versus Miami (Ohio) RedHawks


TCF Bank Stadium


Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018

Learn more about Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities.

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!


Between April 26, 2018 and September 10, 2018, 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.