You’re Invited! From Scratch, Nov 22nd – 7pm

Dear Friends of Shobi’s Table, 


As a generous supporter of Shobi’s Table, you are invited to From Scratch, our online fundraiser on Sunday, November 22nd at 7pm!  We are so excited for this event!  Our program will be much like a PBS-style telethon with guest artists sharing their talents, but it will only be one hour (instead of 6!), so even better.  Here’s how to watch with us: 

    Facebook Live – go to the Facebook Event page From Scratch Facebook Event

    Youtube Live – go to the Shobi’s Table Website , where you’ll find the YouTube link available on Nov. 22nd at 7pm. 


Our donation portals are open as we speak!  Our From Scratch goal is $10,000 – and you can visit the website now to donate directly – click on this link: Donate to Shobi’s Table From Scratch Fundraiser  Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could report that we were half way there on November 22nd? Wouldn’t it be even more amazing if early generosity inspired even more giving that exceeded our goal?  Spread the word! 


We have been awarded the ELCA World Hunger’s Daily Bread Matching Grant.  To unlock this $500 grant, we need to fundraise an additional $500 through their grant portal.  The total ($1000, or more!) will go towards our From Scratch goal.  Here is the link: Donate to the Daily Bread Matching Grant

We have big dreams at Shobi’s Table – big dreams that will nourish and strengthen continued ministry through shared meals.  We are so grateful to have you alongside us to make the dream of all having access to good, nourishing food come true.  


Traditionally November is a month where we focus on gratitude.  But it’s been a hard year for so many people.  The pandemic has exposed economic inequality.  Many more people are experiencing food insecurity.   Other people have risen to the challenge of caring for neighbors by volunteering or donating money.  Some others are complaining and saying “when are we going to be back to normal”.  Unfortunately, normal was not good enough.  We have to do a better job of taking care of each other.  

 C.S Lewis wrote: “You can’t go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

 This November I am grateful that Shobi’s table is growing.  This summer Shobi’s was serving two days a week.  Next year there is hope of serving three days a week.  I see the generosity of volunteers, donors, churches and organizations who support this ministry.  I am moved by the dedication of the staff who set the table each week and invite all to enjoy a delicious meal.  I am grateful for the community who gathers each week to share a meal.  We are writing a new ending to this story.  A story that focuses on hospitality, generosity, and a sense of abundance.  Let’s set a place for everyone.

 P.S. Please join me in giving generously to the From Scratch fundraiser on November 22 @ 7:00 PM.   

Remember to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see what we’re up to! 

Save the Date! From Scratch Fundraiser – November 22nd.

Dear Friends, 

Greetings!  I hope you are all well and warm as you read this.  It’s been so cold this fall in Minnesota! This past week the truck was in the shop, getting it’s generator fixed.  We were thrown into our new winter plan a bit earlier than expected!  We set up a table, and simplified our menu, serving up a hot Mexcian Sweet Potato Sandwich, boxing up Thai Curry Veggie and  Creamy Chicken and Potato Soups, alongside chocolate chip cookies and veggie styx.  Even without the big blue truck, folks know where to come for a delicious, nutritious, from scratch meal that will feed them in body and soul.   We’re so grateful to all of our customers who have become regulars and friendly faces I so look forward to seeing each week.  The Beloved Community is known in Jacob, in Libby, in Eric and Dinette, in Billy, in Bryan, in Kristen, and Roger.  What an honor to spend a moment each week with them.  

Here are a few updates: 

FIRST – Save the Date!  On November 22nd at 7pm, we will be livestreaming From Scratch – An Online Fundraiser for Shobi’s Table!  As part of the Shobi’s Table community, you are invited to come together and help gather the “From Scratch ingredients” – this time funds! – that will help sustain and grow this ministry.  Your support is absolutely essential to the health and well-being of this table based community.  The evening will be emcee’d by the delightful Paul Damico-Carper and we have three special guests lined up to make the evening a special one – Rhoda Habedank, Nate Hogue and Beth Dooley!  More details of how to watch and donate will be coming soon!  We hope to “see” you there! 

SECOND – We’ve updated our volunteer schedule!  We’ve realized having volunteers on Wednesday to do lots of prep work is one of the best things we can do to make the rest of serving go smoothly.  We’ve broken it into two shifts – one from 2-4pm and the other from 4-6pm. Hopefully with the later shift, we can get some of you who have regular work schedules.  If you are interested, please reach out to us!  We are so grateful for all those who have volunteered so far, and are looking forward to working with new folks too! For more information all about volunteering, please visit  

THIRD – We hired a new Kitchen Assitant!  You may have read on our Facebook page that Paul Damico-Carper got a full time job at a local church as their Assistant Director of Music and Worship Production.  While we are so thrilled for Paul (he is an AMAZING musician!), we are also sad to not have his friendly presence with us on Fridays.  Fortunately, the Spirit sent us Daniele Maeder!  Daniele and her family are new to St Paul.  She is a fantastic cook, has a warm and hospitable presence, and an excellent sense of humor.  Shobi’s is lucky to have her! 

What a season we are living in together!  With the pandemic, the election season, wildfires and storms – it is a lot to navigate and handle.  I hope that you all take the time to devote to the things that can ground us in God’s love –  enjoying a good meal, serving your neighbor, listening to a friend, finding someone to listen – really listen to you, and most of all – finding a practice of Sabbath rest.  

May you know the love of God deeply in this moment and always! 

Deacon Kari and the Whole Shobi’s Table Team

August Update: Planting Seeds, Serving Weekly, etc.

Dear Friends of Shobi’s Table,

Greetings in the name of Jesus, the Bread of Heaven!

Speaking of bread, I hope all of you had a chance to come by the food truck recently and share lunch with us. If not, please visit soon!

Our new schedule of serving on Thursdays and Fridays is becoming a living pattern that feels grounding and hopeful. We are seeing a slow and steady increase in lunch patrons. Neighbors now recognize the truck and remember when lunch is. We recognize familiar faces, and we’re sure they are spreading the word as we keep seeing new faces. We’re having fun in the kitchen and ending the days both tired and full. 

MenuHere’s our current truck serving schedule—come and join us for lunch!

  • THURSDAY, noon-1pm @ Faith Lutheran – 499 Charles Ave, St Paul
  • FRIDAY, noon-1pm @ Bethlehem in the Midway – 436 Roy St N

I’ve been reflecting how those who work for hunger relief recognize a strong paradox that drives us forward. We wish deeply that there was no need for us to do the work at all—that all had access to enough healthy food in the first place. Then we remember our work of meeting these needs in the moment can plant a seed of mercy, a seed that grows into a quest for justice to break down the systems that allows hunger to remain so prevalent in our communities. God is working in the moment and the forever of each meal, inviting us to join in. 

I wanted to make you aware of a few updates and changes to our website for you to explore and share as you discern how you will continue to support Shobi’s Table.

Here are a few highlights:

1. Volunteers: Under the Volunteer tab, you’ll now find updated information about volunteering in the kitchen and at the truck, as well as a new Volunteer Application and links to our SignUpGenius site. If you’re interested in volunteering, feel free to fill out the application then sign up on SignUpGenius. If you know of someone who is interested, send them the link.

2. Dollar-for-Dollar Catering: Under the Give tab, you’ll now find our newest fundraising tool—Dollar-for-Dollar Catering. When you order Shobi’s Table catering, you’ll not only be paying for delicious food for your event, you’ll also pay it forward for another person to receive a from-scratch, nutritious meal free of charge. (Availability is limited, please use the Inquiry Form to reach out to us!)

3. Wish List: Want to give something to Shobi’s Table besides money? We’ve put together a Wish List with items that would be a great help in making our operations run even more smoothly. You’ll find information on where you can buy the items, and how you can get them to us.

4. Donating for Lunch: Under the Give tab, you’ll find a button called “Give Now – Pay for Lunch.” When you come to lunch and want to donate, you can pay for lunch by clicking on this link, and we’ll be able to track more easily what money comes in for lunches and what are general donations. 

Other than exploring and sharing our website, make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Instagram! Our Assistant Kitchen Manager Paul Damico-Carper has taken on the management of our social media, and he’s doing a smashing job! 

We are so grateful for all of your continued support as folks have come to volunteer, come to share lunch, given generous donations and your steady prayers. May you know the tangible love of God today and always!

In deep gratitude and joy,

Deacon Kari Alice Olsen
Mission Explorer