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Free food banks, pantries and grocery programs in Stearns County.

Find free food, groceries, meals and items such as personal toiletries or hygiene items from food pantries or shelves located across Stearns County MN. A number of charities and church programs, as well as government benefits including SNAP EBT cards help low-income families. Learn where to get free groceries from a food pantry near you in Stearns County MN.

Most of distribution centers will provide a limited amount of food, such as a few days worth, and applicants will need to meet qualifications. There is also a phone number at the bottom of the page for more local free food resources. 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, emergency pantries may have both fresh and canned goods, soap, detergent and other stuff available, even including Ensure drinks for seniors or the disabled. Find details on free Ensure.

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 offer free Meals on Wheels in Strearns County. Or they may be able to direct families with children to summer meals, clothing closets, free Thanksgiving or Christmas food and Christmas assistance.

Locate free food pantries and distribution centers in Strearns County

Albany Area Community Senior Center
Address: 741 Lake Ave, Albany, MN, 56307. Primary phone number is (320) 845-2343 or  (320) 845-2536
Home delivered meals, free lunches, and other support for the elderly. There is free ensure for seniors in Stearns County, holiday meals or get togethers, and recreational activities, such as cooking classes.

Albany Food Shelf
Location is 721 Lake Ave., Albany, Minnesota, 56307. Dial (320) 845-2343
Emergency food for people in need.

Church of St Benedict - Avon Food Shelf Incorporated
Address is 212 1st St SW, Avon, MN 56310. Phone: (320) 357-5202
The center distribute 5-7 day supply of food once a month. Also speak to a case manager/social worker. Tuna, dairy, shelf stable groceries, pasta, rice, bread and more.

 

 

 

BBE - Brooten Belgrade Elrosa Food Shelf
Address - 131 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, St. Cloud, MN 56301. Call (320) 229-4560
The emergency services provides free food, groceries, assistance to single moms and more. The churches give help people become healthier members of their communities. The charity works to provide food, clothing, and financial assistance to those in need in our community. There will also be free household stuff or cleaning supplies, as donations allow. More on Catholic Charities assistance programs Stearns County.

Holdingford Area Food Shelf
Address is 420 Main St, City Hall, Holdingford, MN, 56340. Call (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.

Church of Saint Anne Pantry
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
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. Free Thanksgiving turkey dinners, form filling for food stamps and other benefits are also arranged.

  • Cold Spring 217 Main St, 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.

Sauk Centre Community Connection Food Shelf
Location is 523 Sinclair Lewis Ave, Sauk Centre, Minnesota, 56378. Call (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.

Good News Food Shelf
Address is 712 17th Ave S, St. Cloud, MN 56301. Call 320-255-0620

Helping Hands Outreach Meals on Wheels
101 Plymouth Street, Holdingford, MN 56344. Call 320-746-9960  |
The non-profit covers northeast Stearns County. They give hot meals from a senior dining program as well as Meals on Wheels. Get healthy groceries, canned meat or chicken, supplements and other stuff from the pantry too.

Living Waters Lutheran Church
1911 4th Ave N, Sauk Rapids, MN. For emergencies, dial 320-255-1135

Salem Lutheran Church
90 Riverside Drive SE, St. Cloud, MN 56304. Call 763-450-3880.
They sell discounted groceries. In a crisis, some families or people, such as women facing violence, can get free food boxes.

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. There may be baby formula, household stuff including toilet paper, fresh fruit or vegetables and other items for the low-income or unemployed.

 

 

 

 

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

Additional free food and hunger prevention programs in Stearns County

There are many other food and grocery distribution centers near you as well as government benefit programs. Get help from WIC vouchers for baby formula, USDA breakfast and lunch programs for students, disability deliveries, Feeding America regional programs and more. Call 651.484.5117 for details and referrals.

 

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