Vine Life Ministries, Inc., a California nonprofit public benefit charity, with a purpose and mission of enhancing and improving the lives of the young people and their families, in the City of Lincoln, California and surrounding communities, hereby directs The Salt Mine, a subsidiary of Vine Life Ministries, Inc., to advance toward this goal by offering children’s programs, youth programs, and adult training and teaching, as well as an aggressive feeding program that provides emergency food for needy families in the target area.

In 2010, The Salt Mine furnished over two million meals to local families, and of this number, sixty-seven percent were for youth and children. The Salt Mine provides a food box for needy families that will feed each person in that particular family three meals a day for a week. Food boxes for emergency needs are limited to one box per month. In addition, The Salt Mine administers the U.S.D.A. distribution program, and low income families can receive two (2) U.S.D.A. distributions each month. In addition to the organized and regulated food program, The Salt Mine offers daily meals to transients and distributes a “truck load of food” on Saturdays on a first-come, first-serve basis.

This work is accomplished at The Salt Mine by an “army” of volunteers from the Community. Each week, our volunteers receive around five thousand pounds of donated food from the community, food we purchase from the Food Bank, and the food we receive from direct contact with food vendors. The volunteers then sort, package, and box the food for needy families. Other workers screen the requests for food and keep records of who receives food and how often.

Funding for The Salt Mine comes from grants, donations from friends of The Salt Mine, and the proceeds from two thrift shops, The Salt Seller and The Salt Mine Thrift Shop, both located in Lincoln.