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200 Paul Bunyan Dr S, Bemidji, MN 56601, USA

Featuring northern MN’s finest fresh produce & products: strawberries, garden produce, fall decor, chicken, beef, pork, baked goods, pickles, jams/jellies, honey, flowers, soaps & crafts. EBT, WIC, Visa/MC accepted. Call or follow Facebook for more information.

Located in downtown Bemidji at the St Michel Furniture parking lot

2500 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404, USA

At Open Arms, there’s always room for one more at our table.

Our Mission: By providing food as medicine, we nourish our clients and build community.

Our Purpose: We create an inclusive and joyful community to provide high-quality medically tailored meals, nutrition education, and hope to our clients.


It’s a simple notion: people who are sick should not be without food. Yet, every day, our neighbors with life-threatening illnesses find themselves unable to shop or cook — and, often, without the support network to help.

That’s where we come in. Open Arms of Minnesota is a nonprofit organization that prepares and delivers nourishing meals free of charge to critically ill Minnesotans and their loved ones. Our registered dietitians and in-house chefs create delicious, medically tailored menus using fresh and organic ingredients whenever possible. Through the support of a loving community of donors and volunteers, we harvest, cook, and deliver nutritious, made-from-scratch meals directly to our clients.

At Open Arms, we believe that food is medicine, and there’s always room for one more at our table.

26 Main Ave North, Bagley, MN 56621

The Bagley Senior Center’s activities include:  Meals on Wheels, Senior Dining, Consignment Craft Room, Thrift Store, Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors, and Yarn Group (1st and 3rd Tuesday from 9:30am – 12:30pm)

2222 Cromell Drive, Grand Rapids, MN 55744, USA

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, serves over 100 hunger relief agencies in Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Itasca, Koochiching, Kanabec and Mille Lacs counties in North Central Minnesota. We are located in Grand Rapids and administer several programs that distribute over 4 million pounds of donated and purchased food and grocery products directly to individuals and through agencies that serve the needy. The Food Bank has 15 employees, and over 500 regular volunteers who work daily or on special events.

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank supplies the most basic of human needs – Food. We provide this food to agencies that feed many hungry children, working families, disabled people and the elderly. We are experts at procuring excess food products and distributing them to hungry people. We are at the front lines in advocacy for hunger relief locally, statewide and nationally.

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank serves some of the highest poverty areas in Minnesota. An estimated 17,200 different people per month are served by the Food Bank, about 4,400 different people receive emergency food assistance in any given week. The amount of food distributed by the Food Bank rises each year as the number of people coming to our hunger relief agencies continues to increase.

8243 Industrial Park Rd NW, Walker, MN, USA

The Walker Area Food Shelf is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting individuals who are in need of food, striving to preserve dignity, extending respect, and maintaining confidentiality to all clients.  We will educate clients on other services for which they may qualify such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), NAPS (Supplemental Assistance Program for Seniors), and other social service programs.

P. O. Box 1101

7123 MN-6, Remer, MN 56672, USA
(218) 244-1993 / 218-566-3663(218) 244-1993 / 218-566-3663

Food Shelf in Remer area

305 Fir Avenue, Pillager, MN 56473, USA

The Pillager Family Center currently serves as a “go-to” for community members.  With two offices we serve as the liaison between Cass County and the Pillager School District.  Our main office houses our Food Shelf and many County forms and references a community member might need.  In addition we offer teleconference video services with County workers, WIC Clinics, Food Shelf, MAC and NAPS distribution, and serve as an information spot.  Our satellite office is adjacent to the Pillager Elementary School.  From here we coordinate the Little Huskies Daycare, Early Childhood Family Education programs, ECSE, Pre-school, and Head Start.   Because we are so centrally located in two different locations, we are able to meet our communities needs in ways other entities may not.

Parking is available in front of the Family Center doors on the south side of Pillager City Hall.

Satellite Office:

Pillager School
323 E. 2nd Street
Pillager, MN  56473

29316 Patriot Avenue, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472, USA

PO Box 724 Nisswa, MN 56468

697 3rd Ave S, Motley, MN 56466, USA
5070 State Highway 84, Longville, MN, USA
555 Park Street, Saint Paul, MN, USA

With one call the Minnesota Food HelpLine assesses the caller’s situation and provides solutions to their food needs. Call the Minnesota Food HelpLine to see if you qualify for SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) or to learn more about food shelves, free meals, farmers’ markets, or other resources in your area. Have general questions? If we can’t help, we can direct you to where you need to go to find answers.

245 Barclay Avenue, Pine River, MN, USA
810 2nd St NW, Aitkin, MN 56431, United States

As hundreds of people gather in churches or other locations, they have one thing in common.  They are gathering to get food at a Ruby’s Pop-Up Pantry.

Ruby’s Pantry is for ANYONE that eats!  There is no income or residency requirement and Ruby’s Pantry is for anyone looking to extend their monthly grocery budget.  Each guest donates a $25 donation and receives an abundance of grocery items. Ruby’s Pantry is not government funded and is a 501 C3.  Each donation is used to cover operational costs like trucking, gas, and warehouse staff. All of the food is donated by corporate food donors making it possible to reach more families each month at locations across Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Bemidji, MN, USA

Free Food Pantry Available for BSU and NTC Students

Located in 1st Floor Sustainability Office in Hobson Memorial Union

6 Broadway St E, Akeley, MN, USA



P O BOX 25
AKELEY, MN 56433


414 Lincoln Ave SE, Bemidji MN 56619 (entrance on 5th St)

A church led ministry and emergency program organized to provide short term assistance for those who fall through the cracks and who need immediate help and have nowhere else to turn in the short run.  In addition to providing financial aid for food, gas, rent, and utility payments, Churches United also assists individuals and families through counseling and referrals to other community agencies and resources.

Mission Statement

Churches United is a non-profit organization of Bemidji Area churches, led by the Spirit of Christ. Working together to meet the emergency needs of homeless and low-income people in a prayerful way.

Services May Include:
Basic emergency needs: Food, gas, bus tokens, clothing, laundry, and rent/utility assistance

Referrals are made as needed to area agency and businesses. A photo I.D. is required for all vouchers. A valid drivers license and photocopiable proof of valid insurance is required for all gas vouchers. Screenshots and/or cell phone “proof” is not accepted.

COVID Policy:

While our lobby is open it is best to call ahead to complete an application by phone prior to coming in. Only one individual or family is allowed in the lobby at once. Please call to make sure we are open. Masks are required in our office; one will be provided if needed. No loitering or waiting for the bus is allowed in our office.

716 Paul Bunyan Drive NW Bemidji MN 56601 Mail: PO Box 27 Bemidji MN 56619

United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Through your investment, United Way is able to address the critical needs that matter most to you and our community and create a meaningful difference in people’s lives by: investing in nonprofit health and human service programs and services that address the most critical needs and deliver the greatest impact possible; implementing community impact initiatives and support year round programs that address new and emerging needs; and, forming strategic partnerships and collaborations—sharing responsibility and accountability for delivering meaningful and long-lasting results.

Our focus is on education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality of life.




In the Bemidji area, 1 in 5 children experience food insecurity and hunger. The Backpack Buddies program was developed to help ensure that children in the Bemidji school district have access to nutritious, non-perishable and easy-to-prepare food at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations.
The program provides backpacks filled with food that is child friendly, non-perishable, and easily consumed free of charge. An average weekly menu consists of: 2 entrees, 1 snack, 2 breakfast items, 1 vegetable, 2 fruits, and 2 milks, and 1 high protein item. The food is purchased from the North Country Food Bank and community groups and volunteers package the food each month.
The food packs are discretely distributed to children, as best determined by the school, on the last day before weekends and all scheduled school breaks/holiday breaks.
Thanks to Sanford Health, the program has expanded to feed more than 450 children, who have been referred by school staff as experiencing food insecurity or hunger, each weekend and school break. The program currently serves all Bemidji school district schools.

Each year donations of gently used, clean winter coats and outerwear for men, women, children and infants are collected. More than 3,000 cold-weather items are collected and distributed to our Bemidji neighbors to keep them warm and dry during the winter.

Each year between 800 and 1000 children, ages 0-16, experience a joyful Christmas thanks to the generosity and kindness of others. Parents or legal guardians register for the Holiday Gifts for Kids program and have the opportunity to choose a gift for their child on distribution day. In addition, each family receives a board game to enjoy together.

United Way of Bemidji Area partners with Ken K. Thompson Jewelry, KB101 Radio, and The Bemidji Pioneer, to recognize the value of volunteerism.
The Someone Special Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for any individual, organization, business, or group, to recognize up to two volunteers who have made a difference within the community through volunteering.

PO Box 662, Bemidji MN 56619

Evergreen Youth & Family Services
Instagram: @evergreenyfs
Evergreen Shelter Program (Ages 9-17)………………………………………………………………………………………………..218-751-4332
Physical Address: 622 Mississippi Ave Bemidji, MN 56601
Open: 24/7, 365 days a year
SERVICES: Youth Crisis Shelter, Family Support & Parent Coaching
Evergreen Youth Services/Drop-In Center (Ages 14-24)………………………………………………………………………218-751-8223
Physical Address: 610 Patriot Dr. NW Bemidji, MN 56601
Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (11:00am-6:00pm); Wednesday (12:00pm-6:00pm)
SERVICES: Youth Drop-in Center, Street Outreach, Housing Assistance, Mental Health Support, Client Transportation
Evergreen Youth & Family Services is a community-based organization committed to strengthening youth, preserving families, and building relationships with an emphasis on those living in Northern Minnesota. Evergreen serves youth experiencing homelessness, runaways, and families in crisis by providing housing resources, youth crisis shelter, food & clothing, hot lunches 5 days/week, referrals, family support & parent coaching, mental health support, independent living skills, referrals to other community resources and more.

824 America Ave NW, Bemidji MN 56601

Peoples Church is a multicultural mission congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, with a special emphasis on outreach to people living in poverty. Ten years ago Pastor Bob Kelly and Carol Kelly–moved by the spiritual and medical needs of the poor and homeless in the Bemidji, Minnesota area–started the ministry.

Peoples Church offers ministries in worship, referral, hospitality, food, clothing, and other basic needs as well as our unique bike ministry. The congregation is a full-fledged member church of the denomination and is noted for its ministries.

In order to stay at People’s Church individuals must be interviewed by Bob Kelly or Julia Plum.

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1260 Exchange Ave SE, Bemidji, MN 56601, USA

Our Mission:  The Bemidji Community Food Shelf is a faith-based, caring place that listens to those who are experiencing food insecurity.  We work with our partners to be inclusive and to provide fresh, nourishing foods for those living in Beltrami County and the Bemidji School District.

Households may make one visit per calendar month which will provide about 10 meals, or 3-5 days of food per household.  Services are based on income eligibility.  We are also a distribution site for Nutrition Assistance Program for Sneiors (NAPS) boxes for income eligible seniors 60 and over.  Applications are available at the food shelf.

Please bring a current ID if you have one.  We will need the names and birthdates of household members and the gross income for the household.

Bemidji Community Food Shelf (BCFS) is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


P.O. Box 3118 Bemidji, MN 56619

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