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Anoka County free food pantries.

A combination of food pantries and soup kitchens in Anoka County can be turned to in an emergency. The centers, most of which are run by non-profit organizations or charities, provide boxes of groceries or a hot meal. The items passed out may be soup, rice, beans, free baby formula, and more. Many Anoka County pantries also provide clothing or school supplies as well as Christmas meals.

So the items provided by each pantry will vary and are wide ranging. When seeking help from a food shelve, people should bring proof of income as well as ID for all members of the households. The exact amount of assistance will depend on the number of household members and other factors.

Another key resource offered by the pantries will be home delivered meals for seniors or seasonal support. That may be a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, or maybe a snack for a child. So the programs offered by the Anoka pantries will vary throughout the year.

Redeeming Love Church
2425 White Bear Ave N
Maplewood, Minnesota, 55109
Phone number is (651) 777-5200
The pantry can only be used once per month. Free boxes of groceries and non-perishable food may be available.

Eastside Food Co-op - Natural Foods Community Cooperative Grocery Store
Phone:(612) 788-0950
The center has personal hygiene items for low income families, organic food, produce, groceries, meats, and more. The goal is to pass out healthy food.

ACBC Emergency Foodshelf and Clothing Closet
Address is 2615 9th Ave
Anoka, MN, 55303
Call (763) 422-0046
Emergency boxes of food are passed out.




The Aliveness Project
Address is 3808 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55409
(612) 822-7946
Clients need to have HIV or AIDS.

Blaine Human Services Building
1201 89th Ave NE, Suite 130
Blaine, MN 55434
For hours of the pantry, dial 763-783-4930

Building Blocks of Islam
3900 Jackson St NE Ste 10
Columbia Heights, MN, 55421
Phone - (612) 789-9227
For clients, there is a special food as well as meal distribution program in Anoka County that is held during the month of Ramadhan.

Centennial Community Food Shelf
Location - 200 Civic Heights Cir
Circle Pines, Minnesota, 55014
Phone (763) 784-2013
Up to 5 days of food is passed out in a crisis. Contents may be baby formula, fruits, and more. They can also hold fund raisers, and offer information on food stamp applications.

Phone - (612) 874-1412
The food bank helps Latinos and immigrants.

Community Aid Elk River (CAER)
Address: 19279 Watson St NW
Elk River, MN, 55330
Main phone - (763) 441-1020

Community Emergency Assistance Programs
Address is 1201 89th Ave NE Ste 130
Blaine, MN, 55434
Telephone - (763) 783-4930
The food bank operates in Brooklyn Center and Blaine. Volunteers collect surplus food from stores and restaurants and provide it to seniors and the working poor.





NACE - Northern Anoka County Emergency
18511 Hwy 65 NE, Suites 100 and 200
East Bethel, MN 55011

Family Pathways
935 Lake St S
Forest Lake, MN, 55025
Phone - (651) 464-2098
The non-profit will have free food and personal items to Anoka County families. There may also be vouchers for stores as well as Christmas meals and gifts.

Hunger Solutions Minnesota and Anoka County
Receive referrals to pantries at churches or surplus USDA commodity sites.

HOPE 4 Youth
Address - 2665 4th Ave Ste 40
Anoka, Minnesota, 55303
Phone - (763) 323-2066

North Anoka County Emergency Food Shelf, Inc.
18511 Hwy 65 NE
East Bethel, Minnesota, 55011
Phone number is (763) 434-7685
Clothing, food, groceries, and more is passed out to clients.

Oak Hill Baptist Church
4141 University Ave NE
Columbia Heights, Minnesota, 55421
Phone - (763) 789-4337

Sharing and Caring Hands
Phone:(612) 338-4640
Free bags of food, summer snacks, and other support is given to families with children. Students can also get a snack during the summer when they do not have free school lunches.

Southern Anoka Community Assistance
627 38th Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN, 55421
Dial (763) 789-2444
Assistance is for residents in Fridley, Spring Lake Park, Columbia Heights and Hilltop. Senior citizens can sign up for Meals on Wheels. The pantry also has emergency boxes of food.

Maplewood Emergency Food Shelf
Main address: 2080 Woodlynn Ave
Maplewood, Minnesota, 55109
(651) 770-0282

The Salvation Army
316 Carlton Ave
Cloquet, Minnesota
(218) 879-1693
Free Christmas meals as well as gifts for children are from Angel Tree. Other programs include cash assistance for heating bills and medications. They also offer shelter and a soup kitchen.




Anoka County Brotherhood Council (ACBC)
Address - 2615 9th Ave
Anoka, Minnesota 55303
Call 763-422-0046
The pantry helps clients in Nowthen, Coon Rapids, Andover, Oak Grove, Ramsey and Anoka County. The shelf has food, meals, and more.

Centennial Community Food Shelf - Circle Pines City Hall Building
200 Civic Heights Circle
Circle Pines, MN 55014
They operate the Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP). Other programs include WIC vouchers and Meals on Wheels.

Residents of the county that are facing hunger can dial 651.484.5117 for more referrals as well. Customer service specialists will provide information on both government food programs for the low income as well as referrals to local pantries.

By Jon McNamara

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