City of Mankato Transit (Bus):

Monday through Friday routes. Cash fare: $1.50, Route 5 Drops off at SCC.

For more information or to make a mobility bus reservation Call 311 or 625-RIDE (7433). See website for bus routes: 

Hiawathaland Transit Faribault

Operated by Three Rivers Community Action, buses can transport anyone anywhere within city limits! There are even a few routes between cities. Contact Hiawathaland Transit for more information about specific services. Handicap accessible. Fares range from $1.25 to $1.75. One-way rides between service areas are $3.50. Monthly Pass (Routes Only) $31 for youth/seniors 55+ and $38 for all other adults. Punch passes and tokens can be purchased at local city halls, as well as other locations - a full list of vendors can be found on this website.

Faribault route times:

  • Monday - Friday 4:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday - Sunday 7:00 am - 4:30 pm

Buses can make additional stops along the route, either right on the route or up to 4 blocks off of route.  Anyone who is farther than the 4 blocks off of route, can use Dial-A-Ride for their trips.


True Transit: Town Rural Urban Express Rural County-wide Public Transportation

Blue Earth, Nicollet & Le Sueur counties. Has set routes where you can schedule a ride at least two business days in advance or up to one month in advance online or calling (800) 560-1575. Passengers are expected to follow TRUE transit rules.

Passenger fares on scheduled routes are $3 one-way. Rides outside scheduled routes please contact TRUE Transit and we will do our best to accommodate your request for a premium price calculated by millage starting at $6 per one-way trip.

(800) 560-1575
Operated by Vine Faith in Action

People to Jobs

VINE coordinates employment and employment-related transportation for single parents, refugees, and other low-income workers. Transporting the young children of low-income workers to daycare when their parents go to work is an important part of the service provided. People to Jobs is a six-month transitional program designed as a stepping stone to allow workers time to develop more permanent transportation solutions. Fares from riders cover a portion of the cost.

Call to schedule a visit with a staff member
(507) 385-8127

60+ Vine Faith in Action Transportation

VINE’s Door2Door Transportation Program assists community members age 60+ living in Mankato and North Mankato when public transportation in unavailable or not easily accessible.VINE’s trained and insured volunteer drivers help older adults get to their appointments, shop, and do errands. People who do not drive or have access to public transportation need to shop, go the doctor, attend appointments, and get to their jobs.

Operated by Vine Faith in Action

(507) 387-1666
421 East Hickory Street
Mankato, MN 56001

Sponsored by the Greater Mankato United Way, Blue Earth County Employment Services, and VINE Faith in Action

South Central College (SCC) Career Development & Counseling

Career and personal counseling services are available to assist students with personal, career, and educational goals. Visit the Career Development and Counceling web page for more information.

SCC Counselor Lisa Schickling
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Office locations:
SCC Faribault Campus: Welcome Center
SCC North Mankato: Academic Support Center B-132

Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato: Behavioral Health

Healthy mental and emotional well being is essential to your life. Help is available to address the complex mental and emotional needs associated with disorder and addiction.

Make an appointment: 507-594-4700

Three Mankato area locations are available on their website:

Allina Health Faribault Clinic: Psychology

Psychologists help individuals and families work through emotional difficulties through talk therapy. They also evaluate mental health through special assessments.

100 State Ave
Faribault, MN 55021

Open Door Health Center

Provides treatment for chronic and acute health conditions, preventive and restorative dental care for low-income, uninsured individuals and families living in the Greater Mankato area. Services include  Medical, Dental and Behavioral Health Services.

Individuals with high deductible insurance may be eligible for discounts based on our sliding fee system, taking into account their income and household size.

Appointments: 507-388-2120
309 Holly Ln
Mankato, MN 56001

Monday 8am-7pm
Tuesday-Friday 8am-5pm

Health, Food and Nutrition Program (University of Minnesota Extension)

Food budgeting, nutrition and food education. Blue Earth County Courthouse.

204 S 5th Street, Suite 330, Mankato  

MNSU Student Health Services

Student Health Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato provides quality and affordable health care for MSU and SCC students. An accredited medical clinic with a full-service pharmacy and lab services are all part of Student Health Services. Real doctors. Real nurses. Real convenience.

Medical Clinic/Pharmacy: 21 Carkoski Commons, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Health Education: 507-389-5689
100 Carkoski Commons
Appointments/Information: 507-389-6276

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy.

(507) 317-3595
PO Box 1175
Mankato, MN 56002

South Central Crisis Center and Mobile Crisis: Horizon Homes, Inc.

Serving Counties: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Freeborn, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Rice, Sibley, and Watonwan

24-Hour crisis/warm line for adults and children. The mobile crisis team is able to respond and meet with people that are experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis. You are able to get support in your own home or a community location. Services include: crisis beds, outpatient crisis stabilization, mobile crisis team, crisis prevention planning, family education and support, serving people of all ages and referrals to other local services.

24-hour Crisis Line: 1-877-399-3040
Crisis Center: 507-344-0621

521 Pfau St.
Mankato, MN 56001

Sioux Trails Mental Health Center

Services are available for children, adolescents and adults in five communities: New Ulm, St. Peter, Gaylord, North Mankato and St. James. Other locations include New Ulm, St. Peter, Gaylord and St. James (see website)

Sioux Trails Mental Health Center provides a continuum of therapeutic services to those in need of mental health services. Evening Appointments are available at many of our clinic locations. Some of our services are also available in clients’ homes, schools, and communities. Please call our site coordinators at the clinic in your area and they can assist in scheduling an appointment.

Interpreters are available for non-English speaking clients but we request that you notify us ahead of time if an interpreter is needed. Hearing impaired calls are accessible through a relay service.

24-hour Crisis Line: (800)-247-2809
NM Office: (507) 388-3181
342 Belgrade Avenue
North Mankato, MN 56003

Catholic Charities-Mankato, MN

Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota is a comprehensive social service agency that provides a full range of programs that help families in crisis, vulnerable adults and seniors, and children of reaching their full potential.

(507) 387-5586
101 2nd Street
Mankato, MN 56001

Lutheran Social Services

Lutheran Social Service of MN (LSS) provides service in every county in the state of MN. Services provided in the Mankato and surrounding areas: Adoption and Birth Parent Services, Senior Nutrition, Guardianship Options, Financial Counseling services, Behavioral Health counseling services, Marriage Preparation workshops, Foster Care services, Veteran Services, Crisis Nursery, Personal Support Services, Runaway / Homeless Youth services.

(507) 625-7660
710 S. 2nd Street
Mankato, MN 56001

Counseling Services of Southern Minnesota

CSSM was established in 1997 with a primary focus to serve children and families.  Since that time the agency has added services for adults, couples, and psychological testing.  Most recently the agency, with support of grants from the Department of Human Services, has added programming to serve infants and young children and provide services to children within area schools.

226 N Broad Street
Mankato, MN 56001

Other Locations: Saint Peter and Le Sueur
Includes children, family, adult, community based services and psychological assessments.

Minnesota’s County Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Programs (CCAP) can help make child care affordable for eligible families. Factors that are considered when determining eligibility are family size and income, adults, activities, age of the child, child care provider selected and cooperation with other programs as required. You can pick up the application at your local County Office or apply online at ApplyMN:      

Blue Earth County Child & Family Services

County information including adolescent chemical dependency, adoption, child protective services, children’s mental health, child support, child care, child foster care licensing, Child Care Assistance Programs (CCAP) applications are available at the first floor of the Government Center, and MN children with special needs assessments.

(507) 304-4222
410 South Fifth Street
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm  

Nicollet County Child & Family Services:
County information including child protection, children’s mental health, child welfare services, school social workers, child care assistance and child support.
North Mankato Office:
2070 Howard Drive West

Rice County Child Care Assistance Programs:
Find licensed Childcare providers/centers:

Rice County Family Child Health Services:
Services and activities in this program are intended to strengthen and preserve the health of individuals and families in Rice County.  

Social Services: 507-332-6115
Public Health: 507-332-6111

Government Services Building
320 Third Street NW
Faribault, MN 55021
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm

South Central College (SCC) Childcare Assistance Program

SCC Childcare Assistance Program is designed to assist students to pay for child care services during the period of time school is in session.

If you have any questions, please call 507-389-7424 or stop by the Welcome Center and ask for Lisa Apitz.

Minnesota Valley Action Council (MVAC) Head Start

Promotes the school readiness of young children from income eligible families in the counties of Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca & Watonwan.

MVAC Young Adult Program: Eligible age range 16-24, possible services include paid work experience, career exploration, assistance to complete GED, scholarship for eligible career training options and other assistance.

Main Office: 706 North Victory Drive Mankato, MN 56001 1-800-767-7139

Parent Aware Child Care and Learning Program Search

Use website tools and browse information to find the best quality child care and early education for your child. 

Crisis Nurseries: Lutheran Social Services of MN

Parents dealing with personal stress or crises such as an illness, housing problems, divorce or separation, financial strains or other issues can benefit by contacting us.

Mankato Area Crisis Nursery
710 S 2nd Street, Mankato

Bridge to Benefits

FREE online benefits eligibility screening tool for students and families to see what public programs they may qualify for to help them stretch their budget. If you need assistance in using the screening tool go to SCC North Mankato campus C105.

Click on Partner Login
Partner Login: sccstudent
Password: b2b

YMCA Mankato

To gather communities, making accessible to all high quality programs and services that promote and develop health spirit, mind, body and social well-being throughout South Central Minnesota.

1401 S. Riverfront Drive
Mankato, MN 56001

YWCA Mankato

Our mission is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Programs for girls, New American Families, women’s leadership, racial justice, internships, volunteering and multiple events.

127 S 2nd St, Suite 200
Mankato, MN

MN Department of Human Services - Children and Families Programs

The Minnesota Department of Human Services helps keep children safe and provides families with supports to care for their children. This includes child protection services, out-of-home care, permanent homes for children, child support, food assistance programs, child care services and children's mental health services.

Includes information on economic assistance and services

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
Office: 507-334-2100

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.

(507) 334-2137
Faribo West Mall, 200 Western Ave
Faribault MN

SNAP Outreach

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 -   
Mondays 3:30pm — 5:30pm:  

Rice County:
Church of St. Dominic
104 Linden St. N Northfield, 55057
Typically first Thursday of each month:
go to website for updated dates -
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.)

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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.


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Website for more information:

Farmers Markets

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:

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

Rice County
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
Goodrich Construction
1700 3rd Ave.
Mankato, MN.

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
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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

Community Supper

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

Holy Grounds

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
(507) 225-6370

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:
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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.

507-388-7442 (office)
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.

Office 507-333-6772
and ask for Sue Gertonson

South Central College (SCC) Lifesaver Fund:

The SCC Lifesaver Fund is an emergency grant program available to students to pay for unforeseen expenses that could lead to dropping out of college. South Central College's Campus Foundations will cover up to $1,000 (maximum per person, per academic year) of critical expenses such as vehicle repairs, utility shut-off, medical bills and other emergencies. Payment to third party vendors is made within 48 hours of the grant decision.

Complete application at:  

SMRLS Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

Free legal services for low-income people.

Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-11:45am and 1pm-3pm

Mankato Office: 507-387-5588
Toll Free: 1-888-575-2954

12 Civic Center Plaza Suite 3000
Mankato, MN 56001

Life-Work Planning Center

Pre- Employment services for displaced homemaker and women in transition. Life-Work Planning Center is a workforce development program for displaced homemakers and women in transition. The mission of the agency is to increase the self-sufficiency of women and their families. Services include essential individualized action plants, skills workshops, one-to-one self-sufficiency counseling, career testing and assessment, and advocacy.
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(507) 345-1577

127 S 2nd St #210
Mankato, MN 56001

SCC Financial Aid

Financial aid is money to help students pay for their educational expenses at a post-secondary school. Some types of financial aid do not need to be repaid and some types do.

Follow the link to find out more information:

MN Office of Higher Education: Paying for College

Paying for college can be difficult, but there are people and resources to help you at

Blue Earth County Human Services / Social Services

The Human Services Department’s mission is to effectively and efficiently deliver essential services to families and individuals so they can achieve their potential through active community participation. Federal and State programs including: Section 8 Housing Assistance, SNAP (Food Assistance), MFAP, WIC, Emergency Assistance etc.

Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Blue Earth County Human Services Resource Guide (PDF):

Human Services General Phone: (507) 304-4222
410 S. 5th Street
Mankato, MN 56001


Nicollet County Human Services/Social Services

The mission of Nicollet County Human Services is to provide Nicollet County residents essential government services efficiently and ethically, directed towards an acceptable quality of life.

Nicollet County Public Health: The mission and purpose of Nicollet County Public Health is to promote, protect, and preserve the health of county residents by offering: Family health services including family planning, health promotion and disease prevention, school nursing, senior programs including senior transportation, Waiver Services, and WIC Program.

Home & Community Based Resources list:


Health & Human Services Building
622 S. Front Street
St. Peter, MN 56082

Rice County Public Health/Social Services

Rice County Public Health offers a wide variety of health education programs for schools, worksites, and community groups. Staff members work collaboratively with many organizations and groups in the community to create policies, systems, and environmental changes which promote and protect the health of the residents of Rice County.

Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm


Government Services Building
320 Third Street NW
Faribault, MN 55021

Bridge to Benefits

FREE online benefits eligibility screening tool for students and families to see what public programs they may qualify for to help them stretch their budget. If you need assistance in using the screening tool go to SCC North Mankato campus C105.  ( Click on Partner Login - Partner Login: sccstudent Password: b2b )

United Way's 211

Times are tough for everyone right now. If you or someone you know needs help, Get connected to the help and resources that will help you get through these tough times. FREE, confidential and available 24/7, Multilingual lines 24/7. Trained information specialists and volunteers can connect you to over 40,000 community resources available throughout Minnesota.

Dial 211 on any land-line phone or 1-800-543-7709

United way: Greater Mankato: Our mission is to unite the community to secure and invest resources to improve people's lives. Including Childcare, Counseling, Crisis response: volunteering/donating, food, healthcare, housing, legal help, mental health, transportation, youth services, and senior services.

127 S. 2nd St
Suite 190
Mankato, Mn 56001

United way: Faribault: United Way of Faribault unites people and resources to improve lives in the community with a focus on education, income, health, and basic needs – the building blocks for a good quality of life. We do this by convening the community to address key issues, collaborating to achieve a measurable impact, and connecting human and financial resources to achieve our mission. Working together we can make a difference right where we live through the United Way Engagement.

220 Central Ave., Suite 100
Faribault, MN 55021

Youth Directory

This directory is a listing of resources for youth in Blue Earth, Nicollet, Brown, Sibley, Watonwan, Faribault, Martin, Le Sueur, and Waseca counties. Due to limited space, not all agencies in these counties are listed. A listing is not intended as an endorsement, nor is not being listed intended as disapproval.

Developed by: Subcommittee of the South Central Youth Council