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Stearns County free food pantries.

Food, groceries and items such as clothing is offered from regional pantries. The locations are for Stearns County Minnesota people in need of help. Most of centers will provide a limited amount of food, such as three days worth, and applicants will need to meet qualifications. Many of the pantries will also allow a customer to use the center at most once per month so people can’t use them multiple times. While resources will vary, pantries  may have both fresh and canned good available.

The goal of every center is to provide some short term relief to people when they are faced with an emergency or crisis situation. Some of the food banks can also refer clients to other social service programs or case managers, who can conduct an interview to address the individuals underlying challenge. In addition to groceries, some centers can help people apply for food stamps. Or they may be able to direct families with children to summer meals, clothing closets and Christmas assistance.

Albany Area Community Senior Center
Address: 741 Lake Ave, Albany, MN, 56307
Primary phone number is (320) 845-2343
Home delivered meals, free lunches, and other support for the elderly.

Albany Food Shelf
Location is 741 Lake Ave.
Albany, Minnesota, 56307
Dial (320) 845-2343
Emergency food for people in need.

Avon Food Shelf Incorporated
Address is 438 1st St SE Ste B
Avon, MN, 56310
Phone number (320) 356-7210 for intake. May distribute 5-7 day supply of food once a month. Also speak to a case manager/social worker.





Brooten Belgrade Elrosa Food Shelf
Address - Plesant Ave N
Brooten, Minnesota, 56316
Call - (320) 254-8443
Groceries, meals, and food for low income persons in need of help. Emergency food supply for 3 days, including cleaning products.

Catholic Charities Emergency Services
157 Roosevelt Road
Suite #100  door “C”
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Call (320) 229-4560
Our emergency services give people someone to lean on when they need it most and help them become healthier members of their communities. Emergency services works to provide food, clothing, and financial assistance to those in need in our community.

Holdingford Area Food Shelf
Phone: (320) 746-2637
Can supply emergency food supply for up to 3 days worth of items or groceries. Recipients can only use one area food shelf once a month.

Kimball Area Food Shelf, Inc.
441 Hazel Ave E St Anne Parish
Kimball, Minnesota, 55353
(320) 398-2211
Three days’ supply of meals, perishable items and groceries may be offered to qualified families.





Paynesville Community Service Center
110 Lake Ave S
Paynesville, MN, 56362
Dial (320) 243-4953
Clothing shelf and food pantry is open to anyone in need of help, and donations are always needed. Various social services are offered, including donated food staples, related household items, and paper products. Also learn about government assistance and public programs such as food stamps or energy assistance from LIHEAP.

Salvation Army - Cold Spring 401 Main St Basement of Bank of Cold Spring, Cold Spring, MN, 56320. Call (320) 685-8785 for intake and information.
Another Salvation Army center is in St. Cloud. 400 Highway 10 S, St. Cloud, Minnesota, 56304, telephone (320) 252-4552.
Both locations offer a number of assistance programs to the low income, seniors, and needy. Self-sufficiency is also provided to those who qualify. Programs include a food pantry, Christmas meals and gifts, and shelter/transition housing. Some emergency financial assistance and family services may be offered too.

Sauk Centre Community Connection Food Shelf
Location is 523 Sinclair Lewis Ave
Sauk Centre, Minnesota, 56378
(320) 351-2287
Bags of groceries, clothing, personal hygiene items, and similar goods are available. Low income families, children, and the elderly are big users of the Stearns County site.

St Joseph Community Food Shelf
Address is 25 1st Ave NW
St. Joseph, MN, 56374
Telephone (320) 250-7121
Offers emergency food for a few days worth.

St. Mary's Catholic Church - Melrose
211 5th Ave SE
Melrose, MN, 56352
Call (320) 256-4207 for intake
Description of services from the non-profit include access to emergency food, if the applicant meets program conditions.





St. Stephen Roman Catholic - Saint Stephen
103 Central Ave S
St. Stephen, Minnesota, 56375
Dial (320) 251-1520

By Jon McNamara

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