Eating the right foods can make a big difference in your overall health and wellbeing. Select Fresh vegetables and fruits, lean meats and whole grains to help you get and stay healthy. If you have certain health conditions, your doctor will advise you to eat specific foods to help manage your illness or condition and avoid complications.

Food Resources

Hunger and Food Resource Locator

Do you have a hard time finding and getting the food you need – either because the stores are too far away or the food you need is too expensive? Minnesota offers a variety of local food resources and programs to help you access foods you and your family need. Visit the United States Department of Agriculture website for more information. Visit the Hunger and Food Resource Locator, provided by Hunger Solutions.

Community Resources

There are many food resources available in your community.

  • Dining Sites – Free community meals offered at different locations.
  • Fare For All – Fresh fruits and vegetables and frozen meat sold at a big discount (up to 40% off grocery store prices). Food sold once a month at 30 different sites throughout the area. Open to everyone.
  • Food Shelves in Hennepin County – Bags of food available at specific locations, days and times. Eligibility requirements vary.
  • Food Shelves in Ramsey County – Bags of food available at specific locations, days and times. Eligibility requirements vary.
  • Food Support Office – Find out if you’re eligible for food assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and, if yes, how to apply.
  • Meals on Wheels – For seniors and people with disabilities: nutritious meals are delivered weekdays directly to people’s homes. Cost based on need. Culturally specific options available in some locations.
  • Mobile Food Shelf – A food shelf in a truck or van brings fresh, nutritious food to communities where access to food is limited.  (Note that different groups are doing this – no centralized website.)
  • Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) – Eligible individuals over age 60 receive a monthly food package full of nutritious, non-perishable food items.
  • Produce Distribution – During the growing season, a number of locations in the Twin Cities area offer special free produce events.  (Note that different groups are doing this – no centralized website.)
  • Summer Meals – During summer when school is not in session, the Summer Meals programs offer low-income children nutritious meals. Offered at many different locations including the HCMC cafeteria.
  • Twin Cities Mobile Market – A grocery store on wheels bringing affordable healthy food to under-resourced neighborhoods. Makes 33 stops throughout the Twin Cities area.
  • Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) – This program provides healthy supplemental foods, nutrition education, and health care referrals to low-income pregnant and postpartum women and to infants and children up to age 5.

 

Second Harvest Heartland is a Minneapolis-St. Paul food bank, partnering with organizations and volunteers to feed hungry people.

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