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Free food pantries or groceries in Stillwater and Washington County Minnesota.

Anyone in need of food or a healthy meal can turn to a free food pantry or soup kitchen in Washington County Minnesota. Several non-profit centers, churches, and charity type organizations near you provide individuals of all ages and backgrounds with free or low cost groceries, meals, and boxes of food. There is also a referral number at the bottom of the page for other food assistance programs in Washington County.

The items available to the public today will vary and can include fruits, vegetables, breads, meats, and more. Some centers will have baby formula or be able to serve meals that are targeted at meeting the needs of the elderly in Stillwater Minnesota. Seasonal programs in Minnesota may include Thanksgiving turkeys or Christmas meals. The hours of each food bank or Meals on Wheels service will vary and restrictions are generally in place so call a location near you for additional information or even referrals.

Community Helping Hand
408 15th St SW
Forest Lake, Minnesota, 55025
Dial (651) 464-6831 or (651) 464-0061
This center does operate a food pantry for the Washington County community. It may have excess government commodities, protein based items, frozen foods, and baby formula too.

Family Pathways - Forest Lake
935 Lake St. S
Forest Lake, MN, 55025
Call (651) 464-2098
The Food Shelf provides personal items and food to low income persons, seniors, and others that may be experiencing an emergency or situational crisis. Assistance is offered to working poor and low-income families that may be struggling to make ends meet.

Forest Hills United Methodist Church
Main address is 1790 11th St SE
Forest Lake, Minnesota, 55025
Call the center at (651) 464-5249 for hours




Friends In Need
PO Box 6
Cottage Grove, MN, 55016
Telephone number is (651) 458-0730
The location may provide food, groceries and personal items for people who need them. Resources are offered for individuals who live in the regions of Newport, Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park, and even Grey Cloud Island Minnesota.

Hugo Community Food Shelf
Location is 14755 Victor Hugo Blvd
Hugo, MN 55038
(651) 429-1576

Mahtomedi Area Food Shelf
Main address is 700 Mahtomedi Ave
Mahtomedi, MN, 55115
Call (651) 395-5350

HOPE Harbor - Washington County Social Services Office
Amin location is 7380 Afton Rd
Woodbury, MN, 55125
Call (651) 739-6288
Several assistance programs are offered, including food, transitional housing, personal hygiene products, transportation, family camping, resume writing assistance, and seasonal events. Residents can also apply for government aid such as food stamps or WIC at the county office.

The Salvation Army Lakewood - Maplewood Emergency Food Shelf of Washington County
Center is based at 2080 Woodlynn Ave
Maplewood, Minnesota, 55109
Call (651) 770-0282 or  (651) 779-9177
Emergency food, summer snacks, and Christmas and Thanksgiving meals may be served. There is also a food pantry and other aid for paying bills, rent, and other expenses. Get free groceries, hygiene supplies, fruits, and other assistance. Another location is at 7380 Afton Rd, Woodbury, MN, 55125. Call (651) 739-6288. Or more details on Salvation Army Washington County food assistance programs.





Scandia Marine Food Shelf
14781 Oakhill Rd N Elim Church
Scandia, MN, 55073
Call (651) 433-2723
May distribute perishable and non-perishable food items and groceries.

St. Andrew's Lutheran Church - Community Resource Center
Main address is 900 Stillwater Rd
Mahtomedi, Minnesota, 55115
(651) 762-9124
The not for profit Community Resource Center provides help to our neighbors with food, emergency housing, nutritional support, financial assistance and basic needs.

5610 Norwich Parkway,
Oak Park Heights, MN 55082
Call 651-275-5810
There is a free food bank. Groceries, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies and other goods may be offered to the low income.

Our Community Kitchen at Ascension Episcopal
214 N 3rd Street
Stillwater, Minnesota 55082
There is a soup kitchen that serves a free hot breakfast 2 times per week. The poor, homeless and low income can get a healthy meal with vegetables, dairy, fruits, and other food.

St. Michael's Food Shelf
Location is 611 3rd St S Church of St. Michael
Stillwater, MN, 55082
Call Monday -Thursday (9am-11am) for an appointment (651) 439-3241





Valley Outreach
Main location is 1911 Curve Crest Blvd W
Stillwater, MN, 55082
Call (651) 342-5550

White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf
Main location is 1884 Whitaker St
White Bear Lake, Minnesota, 55110
Call (651) 407-5310
Offers fresh and canned food in a crisis situation to the needy. Senior citizens in Washington County and children are a priority too. Meals for the homeless may be served as well.

Additional free food pantries and assistance programs in Washington County

There is a referral number for additional resources. Families in need can dial 651.484.5117 to find more free food pantries near them, soup kitchens, and USDA programs. There are free school breakfast or lunches, Meals on Wheels, surplus government commodities and other food assistance.

By Jon McNamara

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