Good Food for All
February 12–13, 2011


On February 12–13, 2011, Gustavus and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will partner to host an event that gives the community the opportunity to deepen its understanding of food insecurity, build solidarity among eaters, and to consider the challenges the local and global community faces in alleviating hunger through education, action, and advocacy.

Walk-in volunteers are welcome. Register on-site for a shift.

Work Shifts

Saturday, Feb. 12 from 9:30 a.m. – Noon, 12:30 - 3 p.m., 3:30 - 6 p.m., 6:30 - 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 from Noon - 2:30 p.m. & 3 - 5:30 p.m.

Location and Time

  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • C. Charles Jackson Campus Center, Banquet Rooms
  • Saturday, Feb. 12
  • 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 13
  • Noon - 5:30 p.m.


Saturday, February 12

  • 11 a.m. – Center for Earth Spirituality, Lisa Coons
  • 12:30 p.m. – Minnesota Foodshare, Sara Nelson-Pallmeyer
  • 2 p.m. - ELCA World Hunger, Jessica Nipp
  • 3:30 p.m. – Center for Earth Spirituality, Lisa Coons
  • 5:00 p.m. – UNICEF, Cecilia Lotse
Sunday, February 13
  • 1:30 p.m. – UNICEF, Cecilia Lotse
  • 3 p.m. – ELCA World Hunger, Jessica Nipp


This event is open to everyone: Gustavus students, employees, alumni, all area churches, St. Peter and surrounding community members, and Thrivent members.

We need 1200 volunteers to reach our goal!

Educational Activities from:

  • Second Harvest Food Shelf
  • Tiny Footprint Coffee
  • Bread for the World
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Open Farms

Good Food For All Concert

  • Friday, Feb. 11, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
  • In Alumni Hall
  • Stefan Van Voorst: A talented, alternative-style musician who encourages listeners to be aware of social issues and to deepen their faith.
  • Sponsored by Proclaim and Church Relations

Included in this event is the opportunity to participate in an emergency food pack of 250,000 meals with Feed My Starving Children, funded by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. 

Register on-site to join the food pack or come for the speakers and films or participate in the other education and advocacy activities.



Event Purpose

This event draws upon some of the themes discussed at the 2010 Nobel Conference: Making Food Good, and coincides with the college’s year-long Global Insight program focused on food.

Participants will have opportunity to deepen their understanding of the conditions that precipitate and perpetuate food insecurity locally and globally and to consider alternative models for promoting food security, from emergency food relief to sustainable development.  

We hope participants leave pondering questions such as:

Where does the food come from? What does good food for all mean? Why do people choose to eat what they eat?

Why Thrivent Financial?

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans does much more than offer financial services. It offers programs and outreach opportunities where members can connect with each other, learn new things, and help their communities and congregations.  As a membership organization, Thrivent Financial is focused on meeting members’ financial needs, as well as helping improve the quality of life in members’ communities and around the world.

Last year, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans provided more than $100 million to help congregations, communities and individuals in need. With the Thrivent ChoiceSM program members can help choose where to direct some of Thrivent Financial's charitable outreach funds. In 2010 Thrivent Financial for Lutherans members voted to distribute $1 million among ten Lutheran and non-Lutheran charitable organizations, including Feed My Starving Children.

For more information contact, Beth Schmidt or Barb Larson Taylor.