Need Food for You and Your Family? We’re Here to Help.

These are challenging times, and everyone is going to need a little extra help. Second Harvest Heartland, alongside many community partners and programs, is here and ready to help fuel you, your family and our community through COVID-19. Together, we can get through this.

There are many options to finding meals—take the path that works best for you and let us know if you have any questions along the way.

Help with Food Now

You can only plan so much and just happens. If you are in immediate need of food, help is nearby—and can be accessed as soon as today. There are 816 food shelves, meal programs, food distributions, discount grocery stores, and more around the state, in all 87 Minnesota counties. Here’s where to start:

Food shelves (also known as food pantries) distribute free food directly to community members in need. Some food shelves distribute pre-packed food boxes and some allow visitors to pick the items they want off the shelves (like a grocery store). Find your nearest food shelf here.

Tip: Call ahead—hours and availability may have changed due to COVID-19.

Note for Wisconsin Residents: Please visit Feed My People Food Bank for information.

Twin Cities area food shelves with open boundaries.

Community meal programs and dining sites provide free, healthy, prepared meals (including Minnesota Central Kitchen meals!) to anyone in need. Find your nearest dining site here.

Please note: Due to COVID-19 safety measures, most of these programs are offering takeaway meals only via contact-free pick-ups.

Sitios para comer gratis en Área de Twin Cities.

We’ve teamed up with community partners to get more fresh fruits and vegetables out to anyone who needs it. Find a list of upcoming free produce distributions here.

Distribución gratis de frutas y verduras.

SFSP provides free meals and snacks at hundreds of meal sites across Minnesota—all summer long to all kids and teens 18 and under. Click here to find free meals near you, or text “food” to 877-877 to find free meals in your area.

Download the Free Meals for Kids app to find locations of schools and other sites that are providing meals and meal packs with days and hours of distribution. It also shows the distance and directions to the nearest site.

  • To download the app on Apple devices, click here.
  • To download the app on Android devices, click here.

Fare For All offers affordable groceries and packages of produce and meat for up to 40% off retail prices. Fare For All has 38 locations throughout Minnesota where food packages are sold once per month. Click here to find a site near you.

Help for the Days Ahead

Whether you’ve used food assistance before the COVID-19 pandemic or are here for the first time, there are a number of state and federal programs available to help stretch your food dollars and make ends meet during difficult times.

SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) is a monthly financial benefit that allows you to purchase healthy food at your local grocery and convenience stores, farmer’s markets and even online through Walmart and Amazon delivery. Benefits are received through an EBT card, which you can use like a debit card.

Eligibility is based on monthly income and household size.

To find out if you are eligible for SNAP, use our online screening tool or the Bridge to Benefits screening tool. You can also contact an Outreach Specialist by calling 651-209-7963 (toll-free at 1-844-764-5513).

A program that provides a box of nutritious food each month to low-income seniors 60 years old and over. CSFP food boxes—which may include canned fruits, vegetables and juices, milk, cheese, canned meat, peanut butter or dried beans, cereal, rice or pasta—are distributed at the Second Harvest Heartland Maplewood location and at 240+ other sites throughout Minnesota.

Please note: In Minnesota, CSFP is also referred to as the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS)—both programs are the same!

If you think you may be eligible for CSFP/NAPS or know someone who may require assistance, please call 651-484-8241 (toll-free at 800-365-0270), or email, for more information.

A program administered by the Minnesota Department of Education’s Food and Nutrition Services that pays for all or part of the cost of breakfast and lunch for eligible children at school.

If your family is getting help from SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps), MFIP, or FDPIR (Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations), you can get free meals. Otherwise, if you are not on these programs, your family has to have an income below the limits to get help. Find out if you qualify here.

WIC programs provide healthy, supplemental food to low-income people who are pregnant and have children ages five and under. Find out if you're eligible here.

Meals on Wheels offers well-rounded meals delivered to your home, along with a visit from a friendly volunteer. The meals are offered at a reduced cost or are subsidized by Medicaid and other programs. Sign up here.

If you’re looking for other assistance and services—like employment, child care, heating assistance, and more—check out United Way 2-1-1, free and confidential health and human services information for people in Minnesota.

Bridge to Benefits is another resource available that links families and individuals to public work support programs and tax credits.

We’re Here for You

Navigating all of these resources and programs can be difficult at an already stressful time in your life. We’re here to help you make sense of it all—please give us a call (1-844-764-5513) with any questions or concerns you may have or fill out this form:







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