With No State Fair - Hamline Dining Hall Launches Fundraiser

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Minneapolis (August 13, 2020) — Hamline Church Dining Hall recently announced its “Taste of Hamline” fundraiser, benefitting local nonprofits Emma Norton and The Sheridan Story. Hamline Church’s Community Brick Oven and State Fair Dining Hall are teaming up to serve fan favorites, Hamline Hamloaf ($10), State Fair Swedish Meatballs ($10), and Brick Oven Baked Bread ($5).

Food pre-orders will be taken through Friday, Aug. 21 and curbside pickup will be held on Sunday, Aug. 30 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Hamline Church (1514 Englewood Avenue in St. Paul).

Pre-orders can be placed at https://forms.gle/mQfGkxumyouX2hjMA.

Emma Norton recently honored their long-standing relationship with the Hamline United Methodist Church with the 2020 Champion Award at their virtual Opening Doors Gala last month.

“Each year, a part Hamline Church’s Dining Hall proceeds are used to support local nonprofit partners,” said Rev. Mariah Furness Tollgaard, Senior Pastor at Hamline United Methodist Church. “Even though the Minnesota State Fair isn’t being held this year, we want to make sure that we fulfill our commitment to support the vital work of Emma Norton Services and The Sheridan Story, especially as the need for their services has increased amidst the pandemic. The ‘Taste of Hamline’ is an opportunity to show love to our neighbors and a way to get a taste of some of the best state fair food.”

The Hamline Church Dining Hall, celebrating their 123rd year, is the oldest food concession at the Minnesota State Fair and is one of only two church dining halls still in operation. Located two blocks from the Dan Patch entrance, the Hamline Dining Hall was started by a group of church women in 1897 and is now run by more than 250 volunteers throughout the twelve days of the fair who put in more than 3,000 hours serving around 20,000 meals each year.

About Emma Norton

Emma Norton, founded in 1917, is a nonprofit organization that ensures that hundreds of women, individuals, and families who have experienced homelessness and the additional challenges of chemical dependency, mental health, or a chronic health condition, have a safe, supportive, and affordable home from which to grow and thrive. Emma Norton provides affordable housing, basic needs, and support services in an environment that fosters stability, encourages personal growth, and builds community. For more information, please visit www.emmanorton.org.

About The Sheridan Story

Based in Roseville, Minnesota, The Sheridan Story focuses on the food gaps when children aren’t able to receive free and reduced meal programs. The organization provides weekend and other food gap programs serving over 10,000 children across 300 locations. For more information, please visit www.thesheridanstory.org.

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