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 Resource Locator
Minnesota offers many food resources and programs to help you get free or low-cost healthy foods that you and your family need. Click on the button to check out the "Food Resource Locator". Then, type in your zip code. You will find food shelves, food resources for seniors, free meals, discount groceries, and farmers' markets.
Other ways to find the food you need during COVID-19
Connect with a person at United Way 211 – Call 2-1-1 or Text ‘MNCOVID’ to 898211. A person will help you navigate food resources and food shelves in your community. Help in English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali, and Russian.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – The SNAP Outreach Team at Second Harvest can help. SNAP helps you stretch your food budget and buy healthy food. Support in English and Spanish. Call to see how the can help you at 651-209-7963.
If you have SNAP benefits, you can now use your EBT card to buy your groceries online at Walmart and Amazon!
Already receiving SNAP benefits, but can't leave your home?
You can authorize a representative to use your EBT card and shop for groceries on your behalf. How to do this:
- Find a trusted adult who can shop for you and deliver your groceries.
- Call your county or tribal human service agency to have them added as an authorized representative on your case.
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.
Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) – People over age 60, when signed up, can receive a monthly food package full of nutritious, non-perishable food items.
Use the Eat Healthy on a Budget info sheet: tips for grocery shopping that help you save money AND eat healthily. Find it here in English, Spanish, and Somali.
During COVID-19, many food shelves and food programs offer curbside pick-up, and some even do grocery delivery or meal delivery!
Before you visit a food shelf, you can call them to:
- Ask if the food shelf hours have changed
- Tell them what you need
How to find a food shelf near you:
Access the Hunger Solutions Food Resource Locator. If you live in Hennepin or Ramsey County, you can start with the following list of food shelves:
House of Charity’s Shelf of Hope
714 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404 located within a block from HCMC
612-594-2000, COVID Hours: Wednesdays from 10 am-1 pm, No geographic restrictions apply!
This food shelf offers each person 1 bag of pre-packed groceries and any other food and hygiene items will supplies last. Provides information handouts on where to find housing and nearby public showers.
CES Food Shelf (Community Emergency Services)
1900 11th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-870-1125, COVID Hours: Monday – Thursday from 1 pm - 4 pm, Languages: English, Spanish, No geographic restrictions apply! Community members in need of food can come as often as once per month. Community Emergency Services has an East African food program as well; if you would like to learn more please call 612-870-1125.
Salvation Army Prince of Peace Food Shelf
13901 Fairview Drive Burnsville, MN 55337, MN
952-898-9311, COVID Hours: Monday & Wednesday: 5:00-7:00 pm, and Tuesday & Thursday: Noon-2:00 pm, Languages: English, Spanish, *Serves residents of Burnsville, Apple Valley, Lakeville, Eagan, Savage, Farmington and Rosemount
For the food shelf drive-thru, please stay in your vehicle. A number will be given to you when you enter our parking lot and you will be told where to wait. Pre-packaged bags of food will be loaded into your vehicle once the food shelf opens. We will be limiting the number of families served each day. Reminder: You are only allowed to receive food one time a month. There will be no clothing, household items, dental clinic, tax preparation, and no Thursday Farmer’s Market until further notice. Mission Outpost staff will be on-site for food only but will be returning calls and emails during this time. Thank you for your patience.
VEAP Food Shelf
9600 Aldrich Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420
952-888-9616, COVID-19 Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am-4:30 pm, Languages: English, Spanish, Russian; have some support for Mandarin and Somali, *Serves residents in south metro (Bloomington, Richfield, Edina, and parts of South Minneapolis – south of 50th Street & west of Cedar Avenue)
To make an appointment to receive food or to speak with a member of our Social Services team: please call 952-888-9616 Monday-Friday, between 8 am-4:30 pm.
VEAP Food Shelf has increased the number of times per month that a household can receive food.
Neighborhood House Food Market
179 E Robie Street, St. Paul, MN 55107
651-789-2534, COVID Hours: Monday-Fri 10 am- 11:30 pm, 2-3:30 pm, Languages: English, Spanish, Hmong, Karen, No geographic restrictions apply! Neighborhood House Food Market will be distributing pre-packed bags of food to families based on household size. No ID is required to pick up food. You can come to the market whenever you need it (no limit on times per month).
Food Home Delivery
If you are unable to leave your home, there are food programs that are doing home delivery for free or at a reduced cost. Some programs deliver food-shelf groceries and others deliver meals.
How to get home-delivered food
Option #1: Minnesota public schools offer free food delivery right now to enrolled students. Reach out to your Hennepin County public school website.
Option #2: You can also reach out to a food shelf/food program that delivers. Here is a list of some in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties:
ALM Food Shelf Delivery & Home Meal Delivery Service
612-326-5851, Languages: English, Spanish, Somali, *Serves residents of North Minneapolis zip codes 55411, 55412 and 55405
- Pre-register online. If you have any questions, call/text 612-326-5851 or email [email protected]. Email or text is preferred due to a high volume of calls received each day.
- Food Shelf (Grocery) Delivery: Any household can receive one food shelf box every 2 weeks. The grocery list needs to be sent via email and/or text.
- Meal Delivery, for Kids and Seniors: youth ages birth to 18 years, and older adults ages 65 and older can get home-delivered meals.
- Each registered youth gets 7 breakfasts & 7 lunches delivered every week (total of 14 meals per week)
- Each registered senior gets 7 lunches delivered every week
Salvation Army Prince of Peace Food Shelf
13901 Fairview Drive Burnsville, MN 55337, MN, 952-898-9311, COVID Hours: Monday & Wednesday: 5:00-7:00 pm, and Tuesday & Thursday: Noon-2:00 pm, Languages: English, Spanish, *Serves residents of Burnsville, Apple Valley, Lakeville, Eagan, Savage, Farmington, and Rosemount
- Home Delivery: any homebound resident can receive this service (not exclusive to seniors). Call 952-898-9311 during COVID open hours if you need home delivery.
VEAP Food Shelf
9600 Aldrich Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420, 952-888-9616, COVID-19 Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am-4:30 pm, Languages: English, Spanish, Russian; have some support for Mandarin and Somali, *Serves residents in south metro (Bloomington, Richfield, Edina, and parts of South Minneapolis – south of 50th Street & west of Cedar Avenue)
- Home Delivery: this is free to people who have 1) previously participated in the ride-home program, 2) are homebound or have limited mobility, or 3) are unable to use transportation. To make an appointment to receive food or to speak with a member of our Social Services team: please call 952-888-9616 Monday-Friday, between 8 am-4:30 pm.
Neighborhood House Food Market
179 E Robie Street, St. Paul, MN 55107, 651-789-2534, COVID Hours: Monday-Fri 10 am- 11:30 AM, 2-3:30 pm, Language: English, Spanish, Hmong, Karen, *Will deliver anywhere within Ramsey County
- Home delivery: if you are in need of delivery, please call 651-789-2534 between 10-11:30 am (for next-day delivery) or between 2-3:30 pm (to guarantee delivery in two days). Let the operator know you would like to order emergency bags for delivery.
Help at Your Door
651-642-1892, EBT/SNAP benefits accepted for grocery delivery, *Serves seniors and those with disabilities residing in 7 counties in twin cities metro area
Services are for:
- People recovering from hospital stays
- People with sensory or mobility impairment
- Seniors and people with disabilities who need a little extra help to stay in their homes
Grocery Help includes:
- Orders can be placed over the phone or online
- Delivery of grocery items and help with putting items away
- EBT payments/SNAP benefits are accepted, *There is a sliding scale fee for grocery help, based on household size and earnings.
- Schedule Grocery Help Service today by completing a request form, or call and leave a message at 651-642-1892.
- Must be signed up to get food – once you are, it may take between 2-5 days to receive food.
Option #1: Free Meals for Kids App
Use this app this Summer!
Download the "Free Meals for Kids" app – This app has the latest info and mapping for families and kids to find food in Minnesota. Download via the Apple app store. Download on Apple or Android devices. English only, but there is a link inside the app to Spanish, Hmong, Russian, Oromo information flyers.
Option #2: Use the Food Resource Locator website:
Access the Food Resource Locator and:
- Type in your zip code
- Click on “free meals”
Option #3: Use our list of free meals
View a list of locations for free meals in Minneapolis.
Second Harvest Heartland is a Minneapolis-St. Paul food bank, partnering with organizations and volunteers to feed hungry people.