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Free food pantries, soup kitchens and groceries in Dakota County MN.

Low income families and people who need help can use the service of a food pantry in Dakota County Minnesota. Non-profit centers, churches, and community action agencies near you all administer programs that offer free groceries or serve meals. The resources are for the less fortunate, seniors, unemployed, and people who are struggling. Find free food shelves and assistance programs below, or a phone number at the bottom of the page for more referrals that are open today.

Not only can a food bank offer groceries, meals, and food boxes, but many center also distribute supplies such as household items or clothing. Many serve holiday meals, including at Christmas. In addition, a food pantry can refer the needy to other programs in Dakota County, such as Christmas meals and gifts for children and their entire family or SNAP food stamps. Or the elderly can apply for Meals on Wheels home delivery.

Receiving support and food from one of these pantries can help people on the way to self-sustained success. As that is the key to overcoming poverty.

Our Daily Bread Food Shelf - Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road
Apple Valley, Minnesota, 55124
Telephone number (651) 322-5113
This church can help ensure that people receive free food and other household items. This can also include resources to help people and families who are on their journey providing for their family on their own over time.

Rosemount Neighborhood Family Resource Center
Partners with local charities and offers the 360 Communities, formerly Community Action Council Food Shelves
14521 Cimarron Ave W, Rosemount, MN, 55068
Dial (651) 322-5113

Community Action Council
Food pantry address - 501 E. Highway 13, Suite 102
Burnsville, MN, 55337
Main phone - (952) 985-5300
This is the local Dakota County community action agency. A number of programs provide short term assistance, including food and hot meals. At the same time the agency will help people become self-sufficient. Other services include LIHEAP, weatherization, section 8 vouchers, applications to baby formula from WIC and emergency housing.




Farmington Food Shelf
510 Walnut St, Farmington, MN, 55024
Dial (651) 463-5019 for intake and hours.

Feed My Sheep Food Shelf - Messiah Lutheran Church
Location of the church is 16725 Highview Ave, Lakeville, MN, 55044
Telephone phone: (952) 431-5959 Ext: 11
The charity has hot meals for very low income families. A pantry is also on site, and they run the Meals on Wheels service for senior citizens.

Eagan & Lakeville Resource Centers
Primary address - 20730 Holyoke Ave Ste 139
Lakeville, MN, 55044
Phone number - (952) 469-3444
This location operates a food shelf and other social service programs. Assistance offered is extensive, and includes personal hygiene supplies, household products, laundry and household cleaners. Or speak to a case manager and apply for other resources such as food stamps, TANF welfare, or more.
A second location of the Eagan & Lakeville Resource Centers is located at 3904 Cedar Grove Pkwy, Eagan, MN, 55122. Call (651) 688-3189. They offer many of the same programs and resources as indicated above.

Farmington Rambling River Center
325 Oak St, Farmington, MN, 55024
Telephone - (651) 280-6970
The non-profit offers Free Food for seniors and other income qualified elderly and residents. The main resource they offer from this facility is the Nutrition Assistance for Seniors (NAPS) supplemental food program. Government commodities, vouchers, and other food assistance is provided.

Hastings Family Service
301 2nd St E, Hastings, Minnesota, 55033
Phone: (651) 437-7134
The food bank at this facility can provide emergency food for Dakota County individuals and families in need of short term assistance.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Address - 13901 Fairview Dr
Burnsville, MN, 55337-5797
Dial (952) 898-9311
The non-profit pantry has fruits, paper goods, hygiene items, canned meats, rice, and more. Clients include the disabled, children, and unemployed families.

The Open Door
20730 Holyoke Ave, Ste 139, Lakeville, MN, 55044-9826
3904 Cedar Grove Pkwy, Eagan, Minnesota 55122-1403
There are two sites of the Dakota County food shelf. They offer holiday food baskets, applications to school meals or summer snacks for kids, and more. Phone - (952) 469-3444.







Mary, Mother of the Church
Primary address is 3333 Cliff Rd
Burnsville, MN, 55337
(952) 890-0045
Offers groceries, perishable items, emergency food aid, and more. Other referrals can be made for shelters, clothing closets, and holiday programs.

Neighbors, Inc. food shelf
222 Grand Ave
South St. Paul, MN, 55075
Phone number is (651) 455-1508
Free or low cost food is provided to individuals and families in need of short-term assistance. The pantry at the center relies on the generous support and donations from companies, people, churches, non-profit organizations, along with thousands of volunteer hours.

Shepherd of the Valley Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - Apple Valley
Primary address: 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd, Apple Valley, Minnesota, 55124
The main service they offer is Our Daily Bread food shelf. They also run several federal government USDA supported programs in Dakota County. This is run in partnership with 360 Communities and other local social service agencies.

South Metro Vineyard Church
Location - 13798 Parkwood Dr, Burnsville, MN, 55337
Telephone (952) 892-1000
Call this center for information on and potential access to emergency food and groceries.

Get more free food in Dakota County near you

Additional free emergency food pantries as well as soup kitchens operate in Dakota County. Call 651.484.5117 for more information. The centers may offer groceries, hot meals, and special seasonal programs such as summer snacks for students or free Christmas and Thanksgiving meals.


By Jon McNamara














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