A hot dish is more than an easy meal; it is a way to care for a friend when she or he needs it most. Mothers receive them when they have babies, friends fill dining halls with them for anniversaries, and neighbors deliver armloads of them when loved ones pass. Our founding director knew that, too. So, in 1986, when he saw that five of his friends who were living with HIV/AIDS could use some home cooked food, he decided to act by preparing a meal for them in his kitchen. Bill was unaware at the time that his compassionate gesture would inspire other community members to join him in his effort. Twenty-six years later, the organization that became known as Open Arms of Minnesota is supported by 1,900 volunteers who prepare and deliver meals to people with 60 different illnesses. Open Arms operates seven days a week out of a state-of-the art kitchen. Located in the heart of Minneapolis, we reach people living within our seven county metro area and now even grow organic produce in our newest venture, Open Farms. Despite our continued growth, our mission remains true to our humble beginnings: With Open Arms, we nourish body, mind and soul.