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.

The Food Shelf


Linda Carson, Project Manager
The Food Shelf at HCMC, 701 Park Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55415
[email protected].

Food is Key to Health!

Learn more about the great efforts of the Food Shelf Group by visiting The Food Shelf website.

The Food Shelf at Hennepin Healthcare addresses hunger and food insecurity among patients and families, with a long-term vision of creating a hunger-free hospital where all patients have the healthy food they need for their well-being. The Food Shelf at Hennepin Healthcare is one of the few food shelves in a hospital setting.

Staff provides nutritious food often coupled with health and diet education. Guidance is also offered to more sustained assistance programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps) and WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant, and Children). Services are offered at seven neighborhood clinics and over 25 clinics located within the hospital in downtown Minneapolis.

Who benefits?

Research at Hennepin Healthcare reveals that food insecurity, the lack of access to nutritious food, affects over a third of the patients we serve. Currently, the program supports approximately 3,000 households and 7,600 people a month, over half of which are children. We have the honor of serving a diverse community. Food is packaged in sturdy, handled bags which can be managed on public transportation and are filled with items tailored to specific patient populations.

How Can I help?

Volunteer: as an individual, group, or corporate team to inventory and pack bags of healthful groceries that will be distributed to patients and families. Contact Linda Carson at 612-873-4497 or [email protected].

Donate: Support the purchase of food and packing supplies. Contributions are welcome online, or through an employer's matching gift program. Checks can be made out to Hennepin Healthcare Foundation with Food Shelf in the memo line and mailed to Hennepin Healthcare Foundation, 701 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415.

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