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Minnesota Food Helpline

888-711-1151 (Multilingual assistance is also available)
Provides: Statewide food resource information & referral helpline. Assists in locating food resources (food shelf and/or hot meal).

United Way 2-1-1

211 or 651-291-0211 (on a cellphone)
Food & shelter Info; referral to specific agencies

Food Shelves

The following food shelves require picture identification and proof of residence (utility bill, medical card, etc.) since they serve only those who live within designated areas; and they will serve a person only once a month. If you do not have a permanent address, you can go to Sharing and Caring Hands or Pastor Paul’s Mission; you will still need some form of ID. If you don’t know which is your food shelf, call the Emergency Foodshelf Network (763-450-3860).

If, after getting food from your area food shelf, you need additional food, call United Way 2-1-1, 211 or 651-291-0211 from cell phones.

Brian Coyle Community Center

420 15th Avenue South
612-338-5282
Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12–3 pm; Tuesday 12–6 pm.
Service Area: For those persons east of I-35W, south of Hennepin Ave., west of the river and north of I-94 (ZIP 55454).

Center for Asians and Pacific Islanders

310 East 38th Street, Room 29 (Sabathani Ctr.)
612-721-0122
Hours: Call for appointment to sign up on Tuesday & Thursday, 10 am–noon and 1–4 pm.
Service Area: Primarily for persons of Asian descent who live in Hennepin County.

Centro Cultural Chicano

1915 Chicago Avenue South
612-874-1412
Hours: Hours vary; you must call at 8:30 am on Friday to make an appointment.
Service Area: Emergency food shelf is targed for Spanish-speaking people, but is open to all in need. Crisis referrals available.

Community Emergency Service

1900 11th Avenue South
612-870-1125
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 1-4 pm; Wednesday 1-6:30 pm; Friday 1-3 pm. CES listens well and provides resources to lift the Spirit as we are able.
Service Area: For those who live east of 35W, west of Mississippi River, south of I-94, and north of Lake Street.
Remarks: Monday through Thursday food shelf is limited to people in the service area. Participants must provide ID and proof of address. Friday food giveaway is open to anyone regardless of address.

Division of Indian Work

1001 East Lake Street
612-722-8722
Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 12-3 pm.
Service Area: primarily for Native Americans who are enrolled with a tribe.

Fare for All Program

763-450-3880 or 800-582-4291
Remarks: The Fare for All program is not a food shelf. It is a monthly program that allows participants to receive a package of food including fruits, vegetables and meat, for about $20. Some locations add a small transportation fee. Call for neighborhood locations and more information.

Groveland Emergency Food Shelf/Groveland Food for Youth

1900 Nicollet Avenue South (Enter on Groveland Ave.)
612-871-0277
Hours: (Adults) Monday through Thursday 9:30 am–12:30 pm; Friday 10 am-1 pm for those who live in area (see below). Need to bring mail/ID for individuals being served.
Hours: (Youth) Homeless youth ages 23 and under with no residency requirement: Tuesday and Thursday 4-7 pm.
Service Area: For those adults who live in downtown Minneapolis and near-south of downtown area. Call for information on specific addresses. Must show ID.
Remarks: Delivery for adults is available for shut-ins. Stipend program for youth ages 21 & younger is available in exchange for working 3 hours.

Joyce Uptown Food Shelf, Inc.

3041 Fremont Avenue South
612-825-4431
Hours: Monday–Friday 1 pm–3:45 pm; and Thursday 5-6:45 pm. Photo ID and proof of address are required.
Service Area: For persons who live south of 25th St., north of 62nd St., west of Lyndale, and east of France Ave.

Little Kitchen Food Shelf

1500 6th Street NE
612-788-2444
Hours: Walk-in hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 am-noon;Tuesday 6 -7:30 pm; and Thursday 12:30-2:30 pm. Other times available by appointment only.
Remarks: No ID required and no geographic restrictions. Can use the food shelf once every four weeks.

Messiah Lutheran Church

2400 Park Avenue South
612-871-8831
Hours: Second Friday and fourth Saturday 8-11 am.
Service Area: For those who live in Phillips neighborhood (east of I-35W, west of Hiawatha Ave., north of Lake St. and south of I-94). Must bring proof of residency. Once per month only.

Minnesota Food Helpline

888-711-1151 (Multilingual assistance is also available)
Hours: Monday–Friday 8:30 am–4:30 pm.
Provides: Statewide food resource information and referral helpline. Callers can be screened for Food Support eligibility and assisted with completing the application for Food Support. Assists callers in locating food resources in their own community whether it be a food shelf and/or hot meal site. Also makes referrals for other public food programs like WIC (Women, Infants and Children), MAC (Mothers and Children) and NAPS (Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors).

Mothers and Children Food Assistance Program
Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors

651-484-8241 or 800-365-0270
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 8 am–4 pm; Tuesday 8 am-7 pm
Provides: Through two programs, provides supplemental USDA Commodity Food Package to women and children (breast feeding and non-breast feeding women one year postpartum, pregnant women, and children between ages of 5 and 6; must not be receiving WIC). Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors serves people 60 years and older. There are several sites in the metro area. Call for information.

New Creation Baptist Church

1414 East 48th Street
612-825-6933
Hours: Food and clothing pantry is open Saturdays 10 am-2 pm and Wednesdays
9 am-1 pm.

North Point Health & Wellness Center

1315 Penn Avenue North
612-767-9175
Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9 am-3 pm; Wednesday 11 am-6 pm.
Remarks: New registration is done 9-11:30 am. Persons need to bring some form of identification like Minnesota ID, Social Security card for each family member and mail with current address on it.

Sabathani Community Center

310 East 38th Street, Room 20-Lower Level
612-821-2396
Hours: Monday–Friday 9–11:30 am and 1–3:30 pm.
Service Area: South of Lake Street, east of Nicollet Avenue between 32nd and 62nd Streets, and west of Cedar Avenue. Also between Lyndale and Cedar from 46th St. to 62nd St.

Salvation Army Central Social Services

2727 Central Ave. NE
612-789-1512
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 am–noon and 1–4 pm.
Service: Walk-in food shelf, including culturally specific food items available, specifically Hmong-Laotian.
Remarks: For those living in ZIP codes 55418, 55413, 55414, and Hennepin Co. part of 55421. We are a walk-in food shelf, but you may also call for an appointment. Can be used only once a month. Must provide photo ID and current piece of mail for all adults and ID (social security card, birth certificate, medical card) for all children at time of visit.

Salvation Army Center City Office

53 Glenwood Avenue
612-659-0711
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 am–noon and 1–4 pm.
Service Area: ZIP codes served: 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, and 55408. 5th Ave. S on the east, Mississippi River on the north, Kenwood and Grant Street on the south, and railroad on the west. Walk-ins allowed.
Remarks: Culturally-specific food items are available upon request.

Salvation Army Parkview

2024 Lyndale Avenue North
612-522-6581
Hours: Monday–Friday 8–noon, 1–4:00 pm.
Service Area: For persons who live in north Minneapolis. Walk-ins allowed. Can be used only once a month. Must provide photo ID and current piece of mail at time of appointment.

Salvation Army Temple

1604 East Lake Street
612-767-2700
Hours: Monday–Friday 8–noon, 1–4:30 pm.
Service Area: For persons who live in south Minneapolis or southern Hennepin County. Call for an appointment. Can be used only once a month. Must provide photo ID and current piece of mail at the time of appointment.
Remarks: Culturally specific food items are available upon request. Home delivery of food is provided to those with verifiable need.

Senior Food Shelf

1801 Central Avenue Northeast
612-788-9521
Hours: Monday through Friday 10 am-2:45 pm.
Remarks: Food shelf for people 55 and older. Must reside in Hennepin County. May use food shelf once per calendar month.

Sharing and Caring Hands (Mary Jo’s)

525 North 7th Street
612-338-4640
Hours: Monday–Thursday 10–11:30 am; 1:30–3 pm.
Remarks: If you are receiving welfare, go to neighborhood food shelf first.

Simpson United Methodist Church

2740 First Avenue South
612-874-7741
Hours: Tuesday–Friday from 9:30 am–12:30 pm.
Service Area: West of Portland Avenue, east of Lyndale Avenue, north of Lake Street, and south of Franklin Avenue.
Remarks: Must have proof of residence and piece of mail with name and address or medical card for self. Family members must have medical, school ID or birth certificate. Can be used once every 30 days.

Waite House

2323 11th Avenue South
612-721-1681
Hours: Monday through Friday 10 am-6 pm.
Service Area: Phillips neighborhood.
Remarks: Free produce on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 1 pm; numbers are handed out at 11:45 and 12:00. At noon there is a speaker presentation.

WIC Program (Women Infants Children)

612-348-6100
Provides: Health and nutrition assessment; vouchers for quality food like milk, cheese, iron-rich cereal, peanut butter and dry beans; information/referral, breastfeeding support.
Qualifications: To be eligible, you must 1) live in Hennepin County; 2) be a woman who is pregnant, breastfeeding or have had a baby in the last 6 months-year, be an infant, or be a child less than 5 years old; 3) be income eligible. This will be determined at the WIC intake appointment or by phone.

Free Meals

Breakfast

Catholic Charities Opportunity Center
formerly Branch III

740 East 17th Street
612-204-8300
Serves breakfast 7–8 am Monday through Saturday.

House of Charity Food Centre

714 Park Avenue South
612-436-2055
Serves women and families with children Monday–Friday from 8:30–9 am. Brunch is served to anyone on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30-11:30 am.

Sharing and Caring Hands (Mary Jo’s)

525 North 7th Street
612-338-4640
Serves breakfast 10 am Monday-Thursday; 9:30 am Sat & Sunday.

Drop-in Centers, Lunch and Snacks

Catholic Charities Opportunity Center

740 East 17th Street
612-204-8300
Serves lunch 11:30–12:30 Monday through Saturday.
Drop-in Hours: Monday–Saturday 7 am–3 pm. The Opportunity Center also has small-scale storage lockers ($5 for 30 days only; after that must wait 2 months to rent locker again), showers, and laundry available Monday-Friday ($1 for one wash/dry load).

Central Lutheran Church Restoration Center

333 South 12th Street
612-870-4416
Hours: Lunch is served on Mondays 11:30 am–12:30 pm. Outreach is done Monday7 am-2pm and Tuesday–Thursday 7:30 am–2 pm (assistance with medical co-pays and glasses, some dental and transportation assistance. Computer access is available Monday–Thursday 7:30–2. Pastoral assistance is available by appointment Mondays & Tuesdays and from 9-11am Wednesday and Thursday.

Community Emergency Service

612-870-6121
Provides: Meals-on-wheels delivered for elderly and disabled individuals.
House of Charity Food Centre
714 Park Avenue South
612-436-2055
Hours: Lunch is served Monday–Friday from 12:00–1 pm. Weekend brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10:30–11:30 am.

Marie Sandvik Center

1112 East Franklin Avenue
612-870-9617
Thursday women’s spiritual/gospel program at noon, followed by lunch. On Fridays movies are shown at 3pm with refreshments. Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, bible study with light refreshments.

Peace House

1816 Portland Avenue South
612-870-7263
Provides: A gathering place where poor, homeless and economically comfortable people come to form community, work for non-violence, affirmation and responsibility. Emphasis on spirituality through daily reflection time together, followed by lunch Doors closed for reflection, meditation and lunch from 11:30-12:45.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral

519 Oak Grove Street
612-870-7800
Hours: Warm Space open Thurs. 12–5 pm. Bag lunches, snacks.

Sharing and Caring Hands (Mary Jo’s)

525 North 7th Street
612-338-4640
Hours: Serves lunch Monday–Thursday at noon; Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 am.

Waite House

2323 11th Avenue South
612-721-1681
Hours: Lunch is served 11 am–12:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Dinner

Loaves and Fishes Too

All sites serve Monday–Friday 5:30–6:30 pm except as noted.

River of Life Church

2200 Fremont Avenue North
612-521-7655

Holy Rosary Church

2424 18th Avenue South
612-724-8929 Serves 5:15-6:15 pm Monday-Thursday

St. Stephen’s School

2123 Clinton Avenue South
612-871-2981

Walker United Methodist Community Church

3104 16th Avenue South
612-722-6612 Serves 5:30 P.M. to 6:45 P.M. Tuesday

Creekside Community Center

9801 Penn Avenue South, Bloomington
952-948-0746

Hope Church

7132 Portland Avenue South, Richfield
612-869-7700 Serves Monday-Thursday 5–6 pm.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral

519 Oak Grove Street
612-870-7800
Hours: Dinner on Mondays at 6 pm for people under 30.

Salvation Army Harbor Light Center

1010 Currie Avenue
612-338-0113
Hours: A hot meal is served seven days a week at 6 pm.

Sharing and Caring Hands (Mary Jo’s)

425 North 7th Street
612-338-4640
Hours: Dinner is served Monday–Thursday at 4 pm.

Other Weekend Meals

Calvary Baptist Church

2608 Blaisdell Avenue South
612-872-7855
Remarks: Dinner on Sundays, October–April. Doors open at 1:30 pm for 2:30 meal. In 2014, will be closed on the first Sunday of the month.

Salvation Army Harbor Light Center

1010 Currie Avenue
612-767-3100
Remarks: A nice dinner is served after chapel (service begins at 10 am). You must attend chapel to go to the meal. The regular “nutrition line” is at 6 pm.

Wesley Church

101 East Grant Street
Remarks: Tickets are issued at 10:30 am and doors open at 11:30 for noon meal.
These Sunday meals are served 5–6 pm
First and Fifth Sundays of the Month

Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church

511 Groveland Avenue
Second Sunday of the Month

St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral

519 Oak Grove Street
Third Sunday of the Month

Plymouth Congregational Church

1900 Nicollet
Fourth Sunday of the Month

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Nicollet Mall at South 12th Street

YouthLink - Youth Opportunity Center

41 North 12th Street
612-252-1200
Hours: 9 am–8 pm by appointment; AM drop–in hours from 9 am-1 pm are for youth ages 18-23 who are staying in adult shelter. PM drop-in hours from 3 pm–8 pm Monday-Friday are for youth ages16-20.
Provides: During drop-in hours, youth have access to multiple agencies providing services in the areas of crisis intervention, health and wellness, education, employyment and housing. Support groups, laundry, showers, food and clothing are also available to program participants.

Center for Asians and Pacific Islanders

3702 East Lake Street #200
612-721-0122
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 am–4:30 pm. (closed 12-1)
Provides: Food shelf for Asian refugees (310 East 38th St. #29); supportive services and cultural education; elderly program; and employment services.

Centro Cultural Chicano

1915 Chicago Avenue South
612-874-1412
Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 am–5 pm.
Provides: referral to government offices; English as a Second Language (ESL) classes (call for times); preschool program for ages 3–5; youth program; pre-natal program for pregnant mothers; assistance with insurance and car seats. Food shelf for Spanish-speaking people, a seniors program and a mental health/counseling program.

Horas: de Lunes a Viernes de 8:30 am a 5 pm.
Servicios: Educación para adultos y jovenes, servicios bilingües, programa de asistencia, consejería en asuntos legales y programas governamentales, programa para personas mayores, programa para crisis y servicios de salud mental.
Dispensa de Comida: Martes a viernes de 8:30 am–5 pm; pero es necesario llamar viernes a 8:30 am para una cita.
Clases de inglés: Llamé la oficina para las horas de los clases de inglés.

Messiah Lutheran Church

2400 Park Avenue South
612-871-8831
Hours: Second Friday and fourth Saturday 8-11 am.
Service Area: For those who live in Phillips neighborhood (east of I-35W, west of Hiawatha Ave., north of Lake St. and south of I-94). Must bring proof of residency. Once per month only.

Minnesota Food Helpline

888-711-1151 (Multilingual assistance is also available)
Hours: Monday–Friday 8:30 am–4:30 pm.
Provides: Statewide food resource information and referral helpline. Callers can be screened for Food Support eligibility and assisted with completing the application for Food Support. Assists callers in locating food resources in their own community whether it be a food shelf and/or hot meal site. Also makes referrals for other public food programs like WIC (Women, Infants and Children), MAC (Mothers and Children) and NAPS (Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors).

Mothers and Children Food Assistance Program
Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors

651-484-8241 or 800-365-0270
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 8 am–4 pm; Tuesday 8 am-7 pm
Provides: Through two programs, provides supplemental USDA Commodity Food Package to women and children (breast feeding and non-breast feeding women one year postpartum, pregnant women, and children between ages of 5 and 6; must not be receiving WIC).
Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors