Vikings Vittles

“Viking Vittles” Community Food Backpack Program

Approximately 30% of students in North Branch Area Schools and Phoenix Academy are on free or reduced lunch. Many more are low income but do not meet the guidelines to qualify for free or reduced lunches.

Unlike all of the surrounding districts North Branch has not had a food backpack program. Trinity Lutheran Church wants to change that and is leading a weekend food backpack program for any student in need. Working with Family Pathways we will be filling bags every week to send home with students for the weekend. Each bag will contain 2 breakfast items, 2 lunch items and 2 snacks. This will help to fill the food gap when they are not in school.

Viking Vittles has also started a new Care Closet at the middle school during the school year.  Students will be able to shop for food to bring home to assist families that are food insecure. In addition to the food there will be personal care products as well as school supplies available.

Donate to Vikings Vittles

This program is too big for any one organization and so we are asking the community to join us in this project. All donations are greatly appreciated. Donations should be sent to Family Pathways 6413 Oak St. North Branch, MN 55056. Be sure to include a note indicating that the money is for the Viking Vittles Program. If you already donate please direct it to Viking Vittles. In addition, Family Pathways has agreed to contribute $1 for every pound of food that is donated. So, bring your excess garden produce to the food shelf or hold a food drive and tell them it is for Viking Vittles. You may also make a check payable to Trinity Lutheran Church and note Viking Vittles in the memo line.

Volunteer Opportunities
We’re using to organize our upcoming Viking Vittles volunteer opportunities.

Sign Up Now to help pack bags of food at Trinity. We normally pack on  Wednesdays at 10:00. We ask that volunteers wear masks when they pack.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to signup  or copy the following link into your browser:
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like. When signing up for packing food bags, you sign up for a table and can have up to 4 people from the same household helping.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Mary Twitchell at 320-630-5040 and she can sign you up manually.

If you would like to have someone come and speak to your organization about this program please email