Vineyard Community Services (“VCS”) was formed November 21, 2012 as a new tax-exempt 501.c3 Minnesota Corporation and successor to South Metro Vineyard Church. The initial VCS board of directors completed the transfer of assets and resources of the Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf to VCS and was fully operational on January 1st, 2013.
The Fruit of the Vine was formed as a ministry of SMVC by God speaking to one person and saying, “Use what you already have.” With these words, coupled with a clear vision, the Fruit of the Vine food shelf was birthed. In February of 2007, South Metro Vineyard Church began a ministry that would bless and serve the working poor in our community. Our goal for the first year was to serve fifteen families.
In the first month we served twelve! Over the past year 2013 we have served 25,451 households with 1,617,259 pounds of food! In 2015 we are on a trend to exceed 2,000,000 pounds of food. God has faithfully provided the volunteers and finances to keep this growing ministry.
As we developed our knowledge and skills in emergency hunger relief, we found it necessary to develop a strategy and programs to reach the root issues impacting our communities. As a result of our management team’s internal assessment, it proposed in 2010 to form a separate non-profit 501.c3 organization that is 100% focused on addressing our communities Basic Needs and extending services beyond hunger to meet our goal of bringing individuals and families to self-sufficiency and wholeness.
Come and join us, we’d love to work with you!