Cafeteria to Community Program

Cafeteria to Community

The goal of Luther’s Cafeteria to Community Program is to ensure that good food makes it onto the plats of those who need it. Through this program, student coordinators work in close collaboration with dining services staff to package food into quart sized containers that will be labeled and delivered to the First Lutheran Church Food Pantry twice weekly. Donations include soup, main entrees, homemade pasta sauce, vegetables, salads and more.

We are especially grateful to the following organizations for their generous support of this program. Without their support this program would not be possible.

  • The Winneshiek County Community Foundation provided a grant to support the purchase of reusable and disposable containers for the program. In 2014 1,140 reusable containers were custom-designed and purchased for the program through this grant.
  • The Alliant Energy Foundation provided a grant to support the purchase of both reusable and disposable containers.

Since the project’s start in November 2013, over 20,000 pounds of food have been packaged by over 500 volunteers. 

We’ve had a very successful year, with many students, student groups, Decorah Community members, and Luther employees volunteering for the program!

In order for this program to run smoothly, we need the help of many volunteers – students, faculty, staff, Decorah community members etc.

  • Academic year - 4 volunteers needed on Monday and Wednesday nights at 7pm
  • Summer - 2 volunteers needed on Monday and Wednesday afternoons at 2pm  

You are encouraged to sign up for multiple shifts if your schedule allows, but we ask that you complete separate forms for each shift you hope to work. To sign up for a volunteer shift, fill out the form here.