C.R.O.S.S. (Christians Reaching Out in Social Service)

C.R.O.S.S. is the local food shelf serving Maple Grove, Osseo, Corcoran, parts of Champlin and Rogers. C.R.O.S.S. serves approximately 100 families each week and makes many referrals to other agencies. Forty-three percent of food shelf clients work, 35% are retired or have a disability that prevents work. Foodshelf visits are up and continue to rise at record levels. C.R.O.S.S. is dependent on its 31 sponsoring churches, grants and other community donations. Several local retail establishments and restaurants donate bread and other groceries. Lord of Life is one of the major contributors to C.R.O.S.S. and provides a donation box in the Service Center. We accept food, clothing, household items and money. Cash donations can be put in the offering plate, given to the church office or sent to C.R.O.S.S. at 12915 Weinand Circle, P.O. Box 574, Rogers, MN 55374.

C.R.O.S.S Hours
Monday 9 am - 4 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 7:30 pm
Thursday 2 pm - 7:30 pm
Friday 9 am - 1 pm

Current needs:

Volunteers: CROSS is looking for volunteers one Wednesday a month to sort food, sell clothes and maybe help at the reception desk, 5 - 7:30 pm. A group of about 10 is needed. Kids, 14 years old and under, must be with an adult. Volunteers can sign up on the bulletin board or contact Jane at Lord of Life or Donna Walter.

School Supplies: We are currently collecting school supplies for CROSS during the month of August. Items needed include: 
colored pencils (12 count pkg), Crayola crayons (24 count pkg), markers (8 colors pkg), yellow highlighters, scissors (7-inch adult or pointed), spiral notebooks (college ruled), loose-leaf paper (college & wide ruled), white Elmer’s glue, glue sticks, pocket folders (red, blue, yellow, purple, orange, black, watercolors, flash drives, pencil boxes, pencils (24 pack #2), pencil sharpener with colors - 500, backpacks.

Meals on Wheels Volunteers: Drivers needed from 10:45 am - 12 pm.  For more information contact Stephanie Lehman.  

Food Shelf Volunteers:  Wednesday and Thursday Evenings.  For more information contact Stephanie Lehman

Donations: Peanut Butter, Jelly, Macaroni & Cheese, Hamburger Helper, Ramen, Canned Meat, Beef Stew, Toilet Paper, Chili, Rice

Hunger Facts: 

  • In 2012 Minnesotan’ visited food shelves more than 3,000,000 times
  • During the first 6 months of 2012, 1 in 8 Minnesotan’s indicated there were times in the past year when they did not have enough money to buy food
  • In December 2011, 542,389 Minnesotans were eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and 11% increase in 1 year.
  • SNAP-eligible individuals have nearly doubles since December 2006 and eligible children increased 150% making children the fastest growing SNAP participants in our state
  • Almost 37,000 SNAP eligible adults are aged 60 or older
C.R.O.S.S. also provides clothing and small household goods. In addition, C.R.O.S.S. distributes Meals on Wheels, provides limited financial assistance and emergency services and distributes special occasion items such as Easter Baskets, Christmas food baskets, Toys for Tots and school supplies. Eligibility is based on federal poverty guidelines.