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Community Gives Together

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Join the Kitchen Pack Give-Together Dec. 12!

A can opener, mixing spoon, spatula and a dish towel – essential kitchen tools, especially for our neighbors seeking housing stability with furnishings and household goods provided by Bridging, a Minnesota nonprofit. Currently serving 80 households each week, Bridging’s goal is to give each new home a Kitchen Pack with these four items.

Here is how you can help:

  • The key items we’re looking for are new or gently used can openers, mixing spoons, spatulas (preferably the kind used for cooking rather than the bowl-scraping style) and dish towels. For gently used items, consider if you’d give them to a friend or family member.
  • Give whatever you’d like – individual items and complete packs are welcome and appreciated!
  • Consider creating a “Welcome Home” card or note to accompany your donation (this is a great way to get children involved).
  • If you give a complete Kitchen Pack, your four items can be packaged in a bag or given loosely, or wrap the utensils in the dish towel tied with a string – however you’d like.

Bring your items to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds:

Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Parking lot south of Como Avenue (across from the Warner Coliseum)

When you stop by, you’ll receive instructions on how to obtain a receipt form for your donation and a link to prized State Fair recipes.

Please note: While Bridging accepts a variety of furniture and household goods at its warehouse locations, the State Fair donation drop-off is only accepting Kitchen Pack items.

Financial donations are always welcome if you’re not able to drop off items. Learn more.

If you have additional questions, please email Thank you for joining our holiday give-together!

Minnesota State Fair Community Gives Together: Past Projects

Partnership for a ConnectedMN

During the Fall Food Parade in October 2020, we asked attendees and fair fans to consider a financial donation to Partnership for a ConnectedMN. ConnectedMN assists nonprofits, school districts and organizations throughout the state in supporting students with the technology and connectivity tools they need to learn, thrive and prosper, especially in a year when students are more reliant on technology than ever.

Learn more about the impact of Partnership for a ConnectedMN.

Food Drive benefitting Second Harvest Heartland

In partnership with Cub, attendees at the Food Parade over 13 days in August and September of 2020 filled six truck loads with 57,000 pounds of food and household and toiletry products!

Learn more about Second Harvest Heartland.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about Minnesota State Fair Community Gives Together, please reach out to us at