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St. Louis County Minnesota food pantries.

Families who need help can try a St. Louis County Minnesota food pantry for assistance. Many of the centers not only provide free food or groceries, but they may also have items like clothing, baby formula, or other social services. There may even be special holiday meals served at many locations, such as a free Christmas dinner. Some of the food banks can also help people apply for public and government assistance such as WIC or food stamps.

Many individuals and families in Duluth and the St. Louis region are struggling during these challenging times. With the escalating costs of food and other bills, along with the weak job market, it can be a challenge to try to provide for your family. This is where a food pantry may be able to help. Receive some short term assistance, and also get advice or case management on longer term help and resources. Centers can provide fresh perishable foodstuffs, excess government commodities, and holiday meals as well.

AEOA (Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency) operates the Tower Area Food Shelf.
414 Main Street The Timberjay (Basement)
Tower, Minnesota, 55790
Provides the needy with a 3-5 day supply of free food.

Hermantown RSVP and Family Resource Center
5028 Miller Trunk Hwy
Duluth, MN, 55811
Main phone: (218) 729-5509

Proctor Food Shelf
100 Pionk Drive
Proctor, MN 55810.
Phone (218) 628-6288. Hours are Wednesdays 10am-1pm.

Quad City Food Shelf (Gilbert)
Address of food pantry is 3 S Broadway St, Gilbert, MN, 55741
Call (218) 741-1371 for intake




Chisholm Food Shelf & Clothing Closet
Main location is 10 Central Ave N, Chisholm, Minnesota, 55719
Telephone (218) 254-7308

Aurora Food Shelf
Primary address: 29 W 3rd Ave N
Aurora, Minnesota, 55705
Dial (218) 229-3585
Boxes of canned items, some perishable fruits, and other items are available for qualified low income families.

Virginia Employment Resource Center operates a food shelf
327 S 1st St Room 18
Virginia, MN, 55792
Telephone number - (800) 662-5711
Staff can also help clients with employment services.

Ely Area Food Shelf
102 E Sheridan St, Ely, Minnesota, 55731
Dial (218) 235-8527
An emergency food box is distributed for the needy. It may contain up to five days worth of meals, food, and grocery items.

AEOA (Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency)
702 3rd Ave S, Virginia, MN, 55792
(218) 749-2912
This is another branch of the community action agency. Referrals may be available to pantries in Saint Louis County as well as applications for SNAP food stamps and other benefits.





Homeless Services and Bill's House
Food bank address is 702 3rd Ave S
Virginia, MN, 55792
Phone number is - (218) 749-2912
Not only offers meals, but provides housing/shelter to those families and individuals without housing or who are facing an eviction.

Emergency Services
Address is 210 3rd St N
Virginia, Minnesota, 55792
Main phone number is (218) 741-2063
Another non-profit that focuses on the homeless and very low income in St. Louis County.

Hibbing AEOA Office
Main address is 2125 E 2nd Ave, Hibbing, MN, 55746
Call (218) 263-8487

Chisholm Clothes Closet and Food Shelf
Main address is 10 NE Central Ave
Chisholm, MN, 55719
Call (218) 254-7308
This agency operates a community food shelf, which supplies 3-5 day box of free food, holiday meals, and perishable items.

Food Shelf East
Address of pantry is 120 N 1st Ave W
Duluth, Minnesota, 55802
Call (218) 727-2391

Food Shelf West
4831 Grand Ave Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
Duluth, MN, 55807
Call (218) 624-0333

Vineyard Christian Fellowship Food Shelf
1533 W Arrowhead Rd
Duluth, Minnesota, 55811
Primary telephone - (218) 525-3462
Call for hours of food distribution. This food shelf is located in the Church building, and they focus on the very low income and homeless. Also get referrals and spiritual guidance.





Hibbing Area Food Shelf
1910 1st Ave, Hibbing, MN, 55746
(218) 263-8487
Seniors as well as children can be clients. A free bag of groceries along with perishable items may be passed out, based on donation levels.

Proctor Food Shelf
Main address: 100 Pionk Drive
Proctor, MN 55810.
Phone (218) 628-6288
This particular food pantry provides free food, groceries, and meals to persons who live in the Proctor School District and are in need of help.

Salvation Army - Duluth
Main address: 215 S 27th Ave W, Duluth, MN, 55806
Call (218) 722-7934
Offers a number of social services, including a food bank and thrift store. Other emergency programs may be able to help with financial needs, such as rent or utilities. Christmas meals and gifts may be provided too. They also run a medical food shelf, which is a collaborative effort with MN Extension Service, Salvation Army, Duluth Community Health, and Health Care Access Office.

Virginia Minnesota Salvation Army is located at 507 S 12th Ave, Virginia, MN, 55792. Call (218) 741-1889. They offer many of the same assistance programs here as referenced above.

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, Mothers and Children (MAC)
4503 Airpark Blvd
Duluth, Minnesota, 55811
Call (218) 727-5653
They operate the Mothers and Children (MAC) supplemental food program, which offers baby formula, WIC, and government aid such as food stamps.

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank - Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS)
Location is 4503 Airpark Blvd, Duluth, MN, 55811
Phone number - (218) 727-5653
Focuses on seniors, including home delivered meals for the homebound and elderly.

The Salvation Army - Hibbing
Address: 107 W Howard St, Hibbing, MN, 55746
Phone number - (218) 263-5096

Tower Area Food Shelf, Timberjay Building
Main address is 302 Birch St Basement - Timberjay Building
Tower, MN, 55790
Phone: (218) 753-3202





Union Gospel Mission of Duluth
219 E 1st St.
Duluth, Minnesota, 55802
Telephone - (218) 722-1196
Can provide food or groceries up to one time in every 60 days. Participants of the programs offered by this agency will receive approximately a five-day supply of food, according to family size and income.

For additional locations, dial 651-484-5117. There are non-profit centers that have free food, can help clients apply for government programs, and offer other support, such as snacks for children during the summer.


By Jon McNamara

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