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Food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries in Minneapolis MN

The Salvation Army Minneapolis NE Central Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Details: When hard times hit, make us your first call. No matter what the need – physical, emotional or spiritual – we’re here to help. From meeting your most basic needs to outlining the path to long-term solutions, we can help you overcome the obstacles you face today and provide hope for tomorrow. Food shelf including Hmong and Laotian foods (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – Noon and 1 – 4 p.m.); Free summer lunch program (Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., June 15 – August 14)
The Salvation Army North Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Details: When hard times hit, make us your first call. No matter what the need – physical, emotional or spiritual – we’re here to help. From meeting your most basic needs to outlining the path to long-term solutions, we can help you overcome the obstacles you face today and provide hope for tomorrow. Food shelf (by appointment only); Free food distribution (Monday – Friday, around 1 p.m. until items are gone)
Sharing & Caring Hands
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Details: Sharing and Caring Hands provides a host of services that include food, clothing, shelter, transportation assistance, medical and dental help and much more to the over 20,000 people who come through our facility each month. Over $400,000 is spent each month on the needs of the poor. Hot meals are served at our Day Services Center Mondays -Thursdays at 10:00am, 12pm, and 3:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30am and 11am. All are welcome to join us for these meals. Bags of food are given to families with children: Mondays - Thursdays 10-11:30am or 1:30-3:00pm.
Open Arms of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Details: It’s a simple notion: people who are sick should not be without food. Yet every day people in our community with life-threatening illnesses find themselves unable to shop or cook - and, often, without the support network to help. That’s where we come in. Open Arms of Minnesota cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening and chronic illness in the Twin Cities. With the help of more than 2,400 volunteers, we’ll deliver half a million delicious meals this year to people living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), as well as their caregivers and dependents. Open Arms is unique in its phenomenal community of donors and volunteers – the folks who work with us every day to nourish and sustain people living with illness in the Twin Cities. Join us in making a difference in our community!
The Aliveness Project - Meal Program and Food Shelf
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Details: Shared meals have been a tradition at The Aliveness Project since it was founded and today the Dining Room is the heart of our community. Here you can enjoy a hot "home-cooked" meal and make new friends. It is open to all members without reservations. Meals are served six days a week in our Dining Room. Each meal features a nutritious entree and side dishes, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children must be accompanied by a parent who is a member. Dining Room Hours - Lunch: Monday-Friday, Noon - 2:00 pm; Dinner: Monday-Thursday, 5:00 - 7:00 pm; Saturday Brunch, 11:00am - 1:00pm. Many people with HIV and AIDS live below the poverty line, or they have challenges to their monthly budget like copays for medicine. The Aliveness Project's popular Food Shelf is a vital lifeline to people who cannot come regularly to enjoy their meals at Aliveness or who have issues affording enough food to eat when the Dining Room is closed. The Food Shelf offers eligible members monthly appointments that provide enough food to prepare three to four days of meals at home. The food shelf features a “shopping” model that allows members to choose their own groceries based on their individual needs from a wide selection that includes meat, dairy and produce. Food Shelf hours are: Monday-Wednesday-Friday: 10AM – 4PM. Saturdays: 11AM – 1PM.
Loaves & Fishes @ River of Life
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Details: Established in 1982, Loaves and Fishes has been working to end hunger in Minnesota by providing free meals for those facing hunger. Loaves & Fishes @ River of Life - Dinner: M - F 5:30 - 6:30
Loaves & Fishes @ Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Details: Established in 1982, Loaves and Fishes has been working to end hunger in Minnesota by providing free meals for those facing hunger. Loaves & Fishes @ Holy Rosary Catholic Church Hours: M - Th 5:15 - 6:15
Loaves & Fishes @ St. Stephen's
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Details: Established in 1982, Loaves and Fishes has been working to end hunger in Minnesota by providing free meals for those facing hunger. Loaves & Fishes @ St. Stephen's Hours: M - F 5:30 - 6:30
Loaves & Fishes @ Salvation Army Temple Corps
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Details: Established in 1982, Loaves and Fishes has been working to end hunger in Minnesota by providing free meals for those facing hunger. Loaves & Fishes @ Salvation Army Temple Corps Hours: M - F 12 noon - 1:00 PM
Loaves & Fishes @ New Bethel
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Details: Established in 1982, Loaves and Fishes has been working to end hunger in Minnesota by providing free meals for those facing hunger. Loaves & Fishes @ New Bethel Hours: Wednesday 5:30- 6:30 pm
First Nations’ Kitchen
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Details: First Nations’ Kitchen (FNK) is a ministry of All Saints’ Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis and has been serving healthy, organic, traditional indigenous food in a welcoming, family environment every Sunday evening since November 2, 2008. While all are welcome at the table, FNK serves primarily indigenous people in the Twin Cities, particularly residents of nearby Little Earth of the United Tribes, the largest indigenous urban housing community in the U.S. FNK models environmentally sustainable practices in all aspects of the program (composting, recycling) and serve fare based on an ancestral diet of First Nations people (buffalo, wild rice, elk, fish, deer, and turkey). Every week, First Nations Kitchen also rescues and distributes fresh, organic produce both to dinner guests and to underserved people throughout the Twin Cities. Meals are served from 5:30 to 6:30 pm every Sunday.
Little Kitchen Food Shelf
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Details: The Little Kitchen Food Shelf is a no-boundaries, no-restrictions food shelf serving Northeast Minneapolis and beyond. We serve all people. In addition, we stock dog and cat food to feed the companion animals of those in need. Pre-registration is required for new clients; please call 612-788-2444 between 9am and 11am, Monday through Thursday. Food Shelf Hours: Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 am to Noon; Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
Joyce Uptown Food Shelf
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Details: Provide clients a 3 day supply of food once a month.
Neighborhood Food Shelf
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Details: The Neighborhood Food Shelf, by far our largest program, had more than 67,000 client contacts in 2012 and distributed 464,000 pounds of food. Each afternoon, Monday through Thursday, 20-35 people with food needs are interviewed. A Wednesday evening session was recently added to the food shelf hours to make it more accessible for working people who are an increasing percentage of our clientele. CES has recently sharpened its focus on its food programming. Since the installation of our new walk-in refrigerator/freezer two years ago, CES has been working to increase the distribution of fresh and frozen foods, including meat, fish, milk, bread, eggs and fresh produce. This increased capacity has been paired with new client-centered programming. We introduced a client choice model for our food shelf, where clients "shop" and choose their groceries from the food shelf rather than have volunteers pull items from the shelves. We believe that when we make the food shelf experience more like a grocery store, we better respect the dignity of our clients. Each month, CES distributes about 20 tons of food through all of the CES food distributions. This food has been donated by congregations, organizations, foundations, partner food banks and individuals or has been purchased from local food banks, often at a reduced rate.
Groveland Food Shelf
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Details: Groveland Food Shelf is a non-profit providing emergency groceries for hungry individuals in the Minneapolis area. We service the area contained within: Grand Street (North), 25th Street (South), I-35W (East), City Limits (West). Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The Senior Food Shelf
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Details: The Senior Food Shelf has been dedicated to providing nutritious food to seniors since 1984. It provides about 20-25 pounds of nutritious food items to low-income older adults once a month. Non-food hygienic products are also provided as they become available. Provides 2-3 day supply of nutritious food monthly. Additional nutrition supplements periodically as the become available. No cost to participants. Eligibility: All low income seniors (age 55+) living in Hennepin County. It is open Monday through Friday, 10:00a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Centro Emergency Latino Food Shelf
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Details: The only Latino-specific food shelf in Minneapolis, Centro provides emergency staple foods (rice, beans, sugar and vegetable oil) for families of all backgrounds and cultures. If you are interested in receiving food from Centro´s food shelf, please call Centro Fridays at 8:30 A.M. to schedule an appointment for the following week. The food distributed by Centro´s food shelf is graciously donated by Second Harvest Heartland and Emergency Food Shelf Network. We also offer thanks to: Roundy's Foundation, Ameriprise Foundation and Hunger Solutions for their continuous support. Food donations are also always welcome. Please call beforehand to schedule a drop-off.
NorthPoint Emergency Food Shelf
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Details: The people of Minnesota have a long-standing history of concern and generosity when it comes to helping those who are hungry and in need. NorthPoint’s Emergency Food Shelf embodies that concern in North Minneapolis. NorthPoint’s Emergency Food Shelf has steadily grown over the years as the need to feed the hungry has increased. The food distributed by our food shelf comes from donations of food and/or cash to purchase food. Our support comes from the State of Minnesota, various churches, businesses, organizations and individuals that share a common concern: Hunger. Food Shelf Hours - Monday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Thursday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Friday: Closed.
FOCUS Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Details: FOCUS is an acronym for Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve. FOCUS Minnesota is an urban center of FOCUS North America, a non-profit 501c3 domestic charitable provider organization and a national Pan-Orthodox Christian agency working operationally on pervasive and persistent issues of poverty in our communities. FOCUS Minnesota is an outreach of the Orthodox Christian churches in the greater Twin Cities area. Our mission is to the under-served poor, the homeless, and the working poor, providing them with Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding and Shelter (FOCUS). The outreach programs of FOCUS Minnesota are intended to enable FOCUS and its partners to meet the pressing demands of the poor and needy, and to initiate and/or augment charitable and humanitarian operations in the Twin Cities. Weekly free meal served to the local community on Sunday nights. 5-7 pm on the 1st through 4th Sundays of the month. No meal on the 5th Sunday. Wednesday Food Shelf Distribution: 3:00 p.m. -4:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. First come, first serve. Bring a photo I.D. and proof of address. Friday Clothes Closet 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sabathani Community Center Food Shelf
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Details: Resource Services provides one of the largest food shelves in the area. Food orders provide balanced nutrition for the entire family including a variety of meats, legumes, rice, pasta, cereal, canned goods and packaged foods, milk, fresh fruits and vegetables (in season), baby items, toiletries and even juice and dessert items. Families can also get free clothing and furniture, income tax filing, back to school supplies and holiday support. Through the program, 25,000 people a year gain food security and self-sufficiency. Food shelf: Monday-Thursday 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.
CAPI Food Shelf
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Details: CAPI USA’s Asian-specific food shelf meets the nutritional needs of 400+ food insecure Asian families each month (~2,000 individuals/month), while serving as a gateway to public benefit eligibility screening and other economic support programs (i.e., SNAP, MN Sure and SSI enrollment and referrals to programs, etc). This program also manages 9-10 community gardens each year as a vehicle to stretch family budgets, increase healthy food intake and promote leadership and community building among food shelf users. On June 19, 2013, AIGA (the professional organization of design) and CAPI (a community-based direct human services provider of anti-poverty programs for refugees and immigrant) kicked off a pilot project to improve the lives of CAPI’s food shelf participants. CAPI operates the only Asian-specific food shelf in the state of Minnesota, and the shift in where many of those who use this service live has created an opportunity to reassess the strengths and weaknesses of the food shelf. A three-person design team - Angela Wang, design strategist; Sieng Lee, design assistant; and Sook Jin Ong, public policy intern from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs - collaborated with CAPI staff and participants to better leverage existing services and explore new ways of addressing the needs of people using CAPI’s food shelf.
Brian Coyle Center Food Shelf
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Details: We believe no one should have to miss a meal and work tirelessly to ensure all individuals and families have access to culturally relevant and nutritious food. Pillsbury United Food Shelves are open to all Minneapolis residents in need. Brian Coyle Center Food Shelf: Monday 12-6pm, Tuesday 12-3pm, Wednesday 12-3pm, Friday 12-4pm
Waite House Food Shelf
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Details: We believe no one should have to miss a meal and work tirelessly to ensure all individuals and families have access to culturally relevant and nutritious food. Pillsbury United Food Shelves are open to all Minneapolis residents in need. Waite House Food Shelf: Monday 1-5pm, Tuesday 2:30-6:30pm, Thursday 2:30-6:30pm, Friday 1-5pm.
Rescue Now Services Inc. - Good Works Food Shelf & Lord’s Kitchen
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Details: Good Works - We distributes perishable and nonperishable food items to the needy. The food shelf is open Tuesdays: 11am - 4pm, Fridays: 4 - 6pm. Lord’s Kitchen provides nutritious hot dinner to the homeless and struggling families. We serve an average of 150 meals each week. The kitchen is open from 4:00 to 6:00 pm every Wednesday.
The FOOD SHELF at Hennepin County Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Details: THE FOOD SHELF at Hennepin County Medical Center addresses hunger and food insecurity among patients and families, with a long term vision of a hunger-free hospital and community where all families have the healthful food they need every day. The only food shelf located in the region and one of the few food shelves in the nation located in a hospital setting, The Food Shelf at Hennepin County Medical Center provides services to over twenty five hospital-based clinics and seven community clinics. Staff provide nutrient-rich foods on-site, often coupled with health and diet education, and also help patients connect to more sustained assistance programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps) and WIC. The program actively recruits and engages multi-lingual community volunteers and staff to assist and support this work. Currently, the program serves 3,000 households monthly with nearly 100,000 people a year, half of which are children.
Simpson Food Pantry
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Details: Our Food Pantry serves the local community Tuesday-Friday, 9:30-12:15, year round, for an area bounded on the north by Franklin Avenue, the South by Lake Street, the West by Lyndale Avenue and the East by Portland Avenue.
Teamsters Helping Teamsters Food Shelf
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Details: The Teamsters Helping Teamsters Food Shelf (Teamsters Joint Council 32 Food Shelf) assists Teamster members and their families when they are out of work, sick or on strike. With the help of the Minnesota Teamsters Retirees Club and other volunteers, Chairman Dave Laxen and Food Shelf Manager Joe Kabacinski distribute food to dozens of Teamster families each month. Truly a "Team" effort, Teamster employers donate food and personal care products to the Food Shelf, which is also generously supported by Joint Council 32 and its affiliated Local Unions and members. The Teamsters Food Shelf is the only labor-run food shelf in the state of Minnesota. We take pride in offering this service to our members who are in need. Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Members should contact their Local Union business agent or officers for prior authorization or any questions. The Food Shelf is located on the main level of the Minnesota Teamster Building on the corner of 30th and University Avenues (3001 University Avenue SE), Minneapolis, MN. 612-378-0446
Glendale Food Shelf
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Details: In 2009, East Side Neighborhood Services opened up a new Glendale food shelf through the support of businesses, community organizations, faith communities, Minneapolis Public Housing Authority and Hennepin County. The Glendale Food Shelf is located within the Prospect Park Glendale Townhomes community, and is reserved for the Glendale community members only. In 2010, the program was used by 183 families. The shelf features healthy and culturally specific foods that are staples to the diets of the Glendale community members. Hours: Monday: 11 am - 3 pm, Tuesday: 2 pm - 6 pm, Wednesday: 2 pm - 6 pm, Thursday: 11 am - 3 pm
The Shelf of Hope at Gethsemane Episcopal Church
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Details: The Shelf of Hope at Gethsemane Episcopal Church is open each Wednesday from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM for our neighbors to receive a gift of food and other basic necessities.
Incarnation Church Food Shelf
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Details: Hours: Tues, Thurs 8:30am - 2:30pm
Minnehaha Food Shelf
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 721-6231

The Minnehaha Food Shelf is open on Tuesdays at Minnehaha United Methodist Church: 3701 East 50th Street, Minneapolis. This Food Shelf serves the area between the Crosstown and Lake Street, Cedar Avenue and the river. Each month we serve more than 600 households - about 1,500 men, women and children - and distribute approximately 28,500 pounds of food. If you have some free time on Tuesday mornings, consider volunteering your time at the Minnehaha Food Shelf. We can always use help to set up, check in visitors, or distribute food throughout the day.

Food in the 'Hood @ Beacon of Hope Church
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Details: Getting enough to eat is a problem for the15% of US households facing food insecurity. As if that weren't bad enough, food insecurity with households having children is even significantly higher at nearly 21%. Good in the 'Hood is pleased to be able to partner with Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities for this Hennepin county hunger relief and community outreach program. Our goal is for each registered family to receive high quality essential grocery items, a delicious hot meal, health and nutritional support, advocacy, the "Good News" and a personal touch of kindness from our amazing team of difference-makers. Dates/Time: 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 5:00-7:00 pm
The Camden Promise Food Shelf
Minneapolis, MN 55412
Details: Our Food Shelf is open on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm. A Client Choice Food Shelf allows clients to choose what food they want based on a point value system. Each household is assigned point values for the month. Each food/item in the Food Shelf has a point values assigned. Most items are 1 point. There are items that are 2, 3, and 5 points. It depends on the volume, size or amount of the item. A regular 10 oz. can of soup would be 1 point. A family size can of soup, which was 24 oz. would be assigned 2 points. The number of points a household receives is determined by the number of people living in their homes. If a household has 5 people living in their household, they receive 50 points a month. Our goal is to provide food to those in need in the Camden Community of Minneapolis. We are a "Client Choice" Food Shelf which allows clients to choose what food they want based on a point value system. Our initial 18,000 pounds of food was from the Postal Service Food Drive for Second Harvest. As a Second Harvest participating agency, we receive additional donations and are able to purchase bulk discounted food from Second Harvest to supplement this initial contribution.