Echo Food Shelf
Serving Blue Earth County and North Mankato residents. To register for assistance, attend in person and bring proof of identity (driver’s license or photo id). Once registered you can make an appointment to use the shelf and choose your items (similar to a grocery store). Each household can visit 12 times per year (July 1-June 30). If phones are busy, please keep trying walk-ins always welcome. Call to register or schedule an appointment.
1014 S Front St, Mankato
Food Shelf St. Vincent DePaul
Faribault Pantry Days are regularly scheduled on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month 1:00-3:00 pm. Occasionally we need to move Pantry Days to the 1st and 3rd Fridays to accommodate Holy Days and holidays. Registrants are welcome to Pantry Day once each month. Registration is open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday between the hours of 9:00-11:00 and 1:00-3:00. Registrations on Pantry Day will be between 9:00-11:00.
Produce days are from 1:00-3:00 every Monday, Wednesday, and on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Friday of each month.
Free Store: Clothing, shoes, bedding, blankets, kitchenware, and miscellaneous household items are available from 9:00-11:00 every Monday, Wednesday, & 1st, 3rd, & 5th Friday of each month. (The Free Store will not be open on Pantry Days.)
617 3rd Avenue NW
Faribault, MN 55021
Faribault Food Shelf
Emergency food may be taken up to four times per year. Must live in the Morristown or Faribault School Districts to receive food.
Sustaining Food Shelf last Wednesday of each month 1pm-5:30 pm. Emergency Food Shelf: Tuesday-Thursday 1pm-3pm or by appointment.
Faribo West Mall, 200 Western Ave
Provides federal food support program enrollment assistance and information about food support, screening and application assistance. Provided by Second Harvest Heartland and University of Minnesota Extension
Second Harvest SNAP Outreach Specialist:
Tina England: 507-514-3535
Kate Abram: 651-209-7910
MN Extension SNAP-Educator
Rachel Jones: 507-304-4141
Fare for All
No requirements. Save up to 40% on your monthly groceries. Purchase discounted meats, veggies, and general grocery packages. Monthly pick up at New Creation World Outreach Church. Call 1-800-582-4291 for dates and times. Fare for All accepts cash, credit, debit, and EBT cards.
Blue Earth County:
New Creation World Outreach Church
1124 N. River Drive, Mankato
Typically first Monday of each month:
go to website for updated dates -https://fareforall.org/directory/listing/mankato-new-creation-world-outreach-church
Mondays 3:30pm — 5:30pm:
Church of St. Dominic
104 Linden St. N Northfield, 55057
Typically first Thursday of each month:
go to website for updated dates - https://fareforall.org/directory/listing/northfield-church-of-st-dominic-new-2
Thursday 3:30 — 5:30pm
Northfield Community Action Center Food Shelf & Clothing Closet
Open to anyone who lives in the Northfield School District and is registered to receive services from the Community Action Center.
Clothing Closet Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Thursday until 7 p.m.)
1651 Jefferson Parkway, Suite HS-200, Northfield MN 55057
Food Shelf Hours:
Monday, Thursday, Friday 11am -5pm
Tuesday 12pm -7pm
Feeding our Communities Partners
A nonprofit organization focused on ending local hunger.
BackPack Food Program: serving over 900 area elementary students within Blue Earth County on weekends and during school breaks. Grades kindergarten to 5th grade.
Power Pack Program: 6th to 8th grade who are in need of food during afterschool based activities and weekend relief.
Website for more information: www.feedingourcommunitiespartners.org
Find a local farmers market, learn about SNAP/EBT and Market Bucks at farmers markets, and make the most of your farmers market shopping experience. Eat healthy on a budget.
Website for local Farmers Markets locations and times: https://extension.umn.edu/local-foods/farmers-markets
Commodity Supplemental Foods Program (CSFP)
CSFP is a United States Department of Agriculture supplemental food and nutrition program that is designed to provide healthy and nutritious food each month at no cost to eligible individuals. NAPS is the name of CSFP in Minnesota.
Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS): Men and women over age 60. Provides a monthly food package.
Blue Earth, Nicollet County
Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank, MapleWood
507-287-2350 or 1-877-500-8699
Channel One Food Bank in Rochester
Food For All
Food For All is our food program that is funded by the proceeds from the Neighborhood Thrift Store. Everyone is welcome to attend with no paperwork necessary. The cost is $5 cash per family and you will need to bring a basket, box or tote to carry your food. We have a group of volunteers available to help carry the food to your vehicle upon request. We purchase the food for this program locally and serve the Greater Mankato Area, keeping all of our proceeds and service local.
Food For All program distribution:
Second Saturday of each month
1700 3rd Ave.
Distribution begins at 9:30am and you are welcome to arrive at 8:30am to line up early
Maple River Loaves and Fishes
Providing access to nutritional food and personal care items to all who are in need. Partnering with Second Harvest Heartland to eliminate the "missing meals" in Blue Earth County.
Serving the Maple River communities of Good Thunder, Amboy, Mapleton, and Beauford.
104 Central Ave N PO Box 227
Hours of operation: Tuesdays 3 pm - 6 pm and Saturdays 10 am to Noon.
No one will be turned away.
Women’s Infants and Children (WIC)
Women can apply for assistance while pregnant, for their newborn or their children up to age 5.
Nicollet County: 507-934-8262
Health and Human Services Building
622 South Front Street, St. Peter, MN – 56082
Also provides WIC services 2070 Howard Drive, North Mankato every Tuesday of the month. The WIC office is closed on Fridays.
Blue Earth County:
410 S. 5th St., Mankato
Rice County: Public Health Department
320 Third Street NW
Faribault, MN 55021
Hosted Wednesday Night from 5:00-6:00 pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Free of charge.
Christ the King Lutheran Church
207 McConnell St, Mankato
Free Hot Breakfast Monday-Friday
9am-11am, showers, personal care items.
Late October - end of March
Centenary United Methodist Church
501 South Second Street Mankato
Hot Meals on Wheels
Dedicated VINE volunteers deliver a nutritious noon meal each weekday to people who find it difficult to shop for or prepare their meals. There are no age or income requirements; our program serves those in need of healthy nutrition. Meal recipients also benefit from a valuable safety check each day. If something is amiss, VINE staff quickly responds to get needed help.
Call 507-387-4076 for more information
Serving cities: Mankato, North Mankato, Skyline, Le Hillier, and Eagle Lake
VINE Faith In Action
421 East Hickory St.
Salvation Army's Noon Meal Program
Free noon meal served 7 days a week from 12pm-1pm at the downtown Salvation Army building. All are welcome, no one goes away hungry!
700 S Riverfront Drive,
Campus Kitchen Project
Nationwide student led initiative. This student lead program collects food from local restaurants to make into meals to distribute to people facing food insecurity in the Mankato area. Although volunteers are typically MSU, Mankato students, if you would like to volunteer with CK at MSU, Mankato, please contact Karen Anderson about 3-4 weeks in advance during the academic year, or during the break between semesters.
Lutheran Campus Ministry-Crossroads
331 Dillon Ave
Mankato, MN 56001
MNSU Campus Kitchen for more information contact Karen Anderson:
Campus Cupboard: The Campus Cupboard is a ministry of Crossroads whose mission is to provide food for students who need some help. Students organize and administer this ministry.
Tuesdays from 12:00 noon – 3:00 PM during the academic year
Lutheran Campus Ministry-Crossroads
Free or Reduced School Meals- District 77
Meals are available at a reduced price or free to students whose families meet the income guidelines. Contact the Food Service Department office at (507) 388-7442, or your school office for an application. The information is confidential, and students who receive the benefits are not identified in any way. You may apply at any time during the school year.
Food Services Department
Darcy Stueber, Director
PO Box 8741
Mankato, Minnesota 56002-8741
Free or Reduced School Meals - District 656, Faribault Public Schools
You could help your child’s school receive additional educational funds and discounts AND receive nutritious school meals for your children free or at a reduced price! Applications for these benefits, which are mailed to all households during the month of August, are required to be completed each school year in order for your children to qualify for any benefits.
and ask for Sue Gertonson