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Basic Needs Guide for Saint Paul and Ramsey County Residents: Food

Find resources such as phone numbers, addresses, websites, and hotlines to help meet basic needs in Saint Paul and Ramsey County.

United Way

United Way
2-1-1 (1-800-543-7709) 

United Way 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember, three-digit number that families and individuals in Minnesota can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services. Callers are provided referrals to community resources based on the needs they describe to our information and referral specialists.  

Ramsey County Home Meal Delivery
If you are a Ramsey County resident and have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible to have up to 21 prepared meals delivered to your home for free each week. All meals are nutritionally balanced and are prepared by licensed food providers. Some providers offer meal options that accommodate specific dietary restrictions.

Women, Infants, Children (WIC) 
WIC is a supplemental food, nutrition and breastfeeding program that helps eligible pregnant women, new mothers, babies and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 
SNAP, formerly know as Food Stamps, helps Minnesotans with low incomes get the food they need for nutritious and well-balanced meals.

Local Food Resources

Meal Distribution at Rondo and Riverview Libraries until August 27, 2020 
Starting Monday, June 29  and continuing through August 27, Rondo Community and Riverview branches are distributing meal boxes to families two times a week.
Provides information and links to local healthy food resources, community gardens, and government initiatives. 

Minnesota Food Help Line

Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Neighborhood House Fresh Produce Pickup
12-15 pounds of free, fresh produce are provided at several neighborhood locations. You can walk or drive up and receive produce. At this time, no registration is required. Click through to link for locations, dates, and times and instructions for each location. 

Neighborhood House Food Support Program
The Wellstone Center Food Market is now providing emergency bags for you and your family. To ensure your safety and the safety of our staff and volunteers, we are now providing curbside pick-up. When you arrive, please call (651) 789-2534. Please wait in your car and someone will bring out your food. You will be responsible for loading your food into your car.
During the current situation, we do not require ID and individuals from any zip code can visit the Food Market. We will resume our normal eligibility rules when we stop our emergency bag procedure.

The Francis Basket Food Market has a walk up procedure so you need to walk to the door and ring the doorbell and someone will ask you a few questions and then bring out your food.

*Click through to link for open hours and locations.

Keystone Food Shelves
Keystone Community Services operates two food shelves in St. Paul. Click through to link for eligibility, hours, and locations. 

Fare for All provides monthly food packages and holiday packages at a reduced rate. Clients can select own food [packages].  EBT and Cash accepted.  All are eligible regardless of residency or income. 

(763) 450-3881

Franciscan Brothers of Peace offers a food shelf. Families can call for pickup. No one is turned away.

1289 Lafond Ave., St. Paul, MN
(651) 646-8586

North St. Paul Emergency Food Shelf 
Hours are Monday-Friday 10am-1pm.  Must call one day ahead to make an appointment.

2538 E. Seppala Blvd., North St. Paul, MN 55109
(651) 770-1309

Food Pantry Finders
Provides listings of pantries and information on: food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, vouchers, etc.

Hunger Solutions Food Shelf Finder
Click through to find a food shelf or pantry near you.
Browse for food shelves in Saint Paul and other areas.
This page directs you to various Ramsey County and Saint Paul services and food banks.

Cooking Matters
Suggest tips and provide resources to help feed families on a tight budget. 

No Kid Hungry

Healthy Budget Meals