Basic Needs

United Way stabilizes families in need and gives them tools for success. 

Greater Mankato Area United Way Reduces Hunger

Hunger can cause individuals to have health problems and social problems that result in higher healthcare costs and poorer education outcomes. 

Greater Mankato Area United Way Funding:

FOCP - BackPack Food Program

Ensures that students have nutritious food on weekends and during school breaks. Breakfast, lunch and a snack are provided to the participating students for each day school is out.

Salvation Army - Mobile Outreach Meals

Travels to low-income neighborhoods during the summer, providing nutritious meals for children 0-18 years of age who ordinarily receive free/reduced meals during the school year.

Salvation Army - Noon Meal Program

Provides free, nutritious meals five days a week all year long to individuals and families in the community.

St. Peter Area Food Shelf - Children's Weekend Food Program

Ensures that students in St. Peter have nutritious food on weekends. Breakfast, lunch and snack are provided to participating students for each day school is out.

Waseca Area Neighborhood Service Center - Backpack Program

Ensures that students in Waseca have nutritious foods on weekends.


Greater Mankato Area United Way Provides Emergency Services

Emergency assistance is needed every day throughout the community by many people for many reasons.

Greater Mankato Area United Way Funding:

American Red Cross - Disaster Services

Provides services including individual client assistance during an emergency, disaster mass care, disaster welfare inquiry, disaster health and mental health services and community disaster preparedness education. 

Lutheran Social Services - Crisis Nursery

Provides free 24/7 temporary safe haven where parents experiencing a family or personal crisis can call for help. Children from infancy-age 12 can be given safe care on a short-term basis while their parent(s) work through their crisis.

Salvation Army - Emergency Social Services

Provides services and referrals to individuals and families in crisis who have emergency material needs such as medication prescription co-pay, energy assistance, and gas vouchers.  

Waseca Area Neighborhood Service Center - Emergency Services

Provides services and referrals to individuals and families in crisis who have emergency needs. 


Greater Mankato United Way Increases Self-Sufficiency

The path to financial stability - and out of poverty - starts with helping people increase their earnings.

Greater Mankato Area United Way Funding:

Life-work Planning Center - Women in Transition

Helps to empower women in transition to achieve the life skills necessary for gainful employment and/or education working towards self-sufficiency.  

Lutheran Social Services - Financial Counseling

Provides guidance to clients in crisis who may otherwise make decisions without weighing all of the consequences or knowing all the facts. Financial counseling services include budgeting, debt management, and credit report reviews. 

MN Council of Churches - Refugee Services

Supports refugee community integration and transition to self-sufficiency by providing the following services: Case Management, Job Placement, Immigration adjustment, and Community Engagement and Outreach services.

VINE Faith in Action - People to Jobs

Provides employment related transportation for single parents, immigrants and other low-income workers.


Greater Mankato Area United Way Increases Housing Stability

People living in poverty experience multiple challenges, and losing housing is a crucial obstacle to becoming self-sufficient.

Greater Mankato Area United Way Funding:

Partners for Affordabl Housing - Welcome Home

Provides transitional housing and supportive services to homeless and very low-income families for up to 24 months.  This program intends to increase the self-sufficiency of participants according to their needs and abilities.

Partners for Affordable Housing - Welcome Inn / Theresa House

Provides emergency shelter and short-term housing for homeless and very low-income individuals and families. The goal of this program is to provide a stable environment during a time of stress.The shelter offers a safe environment and the time for clients to achieve stability through a program of case management provided by a licensed social worker.