Metro Food Programs

Photo of Kristine Martin and other volunteer distributing produce at a food shelf.

The Metro Food Programs at East Side Neighborhood Services secure food support for those who may have difficulty accessing traditional food shelves or grocery stores. These programs serve over 3,300 Hennepin County households, providing fresh, nutritious food as well as referrals to other resources.

Monetary donations are the most effective way to support our food shelves. By collaborating with food banks, restaurants, and stores, East Side is able to use your contributions to purchase food at a much lower price than what grocery stores charge.

High Rise Mobile Food Shelf

Photo of a high rise mobile food shelf volunteer handing produce to a client.

By bringing fresh food directly to 45 low-income apartment buildings across Hennepin County, the Mobile Food Shelf ensures that those without transportation to a brick-and-mortar grocery store still have access to nutritional support. We deliver food to over 3,800 participants, primarily older adults and people with disabilities.

Over 40% of the food that we deliver is fresh fruits and vegetables. We also regularly deliver meat, eggs, bread, milk and other dairy products, and a variety of non-perishable food items. We deliver enough food so that each participant can receive at least 15 pounds — and often more.

See a list of our current Mobile Food Shelf sites [PDF]

Most sites receive a delivery twice a month. Over 300 residents volunteer to receive the food, set up the food shelf in the building's community room, and distribute it to their neighbors.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Must be a resident of the building

  • Household income must be less than 200% of federal poverty guidelines (written verification of income is not required)

  • Complete and sign annual enrollment form providing name, address, and birthdate of each household member. Your signature provides vertification that you meet income guidelines.

For more information, please contact 612-340-9694. If you live in one of the buildings that we service, we can tell you when our next delivery will be and how you can sign up.

Senior Food Shelf

For 34 years, the Senior Food Shelf has provided a place where older adults can feel comfortable seeking food assistance and have their unique nutritional needs met. Last year, we provided over 201,000 pounds of food to 2,006 individuals.

Dedicated staff and volunteers help each visitor “shop” for their choice of fresh produce, meat, bread, and shelf-stable foods. Participants may visit once per month and receive 20 pounds of food each time. Pet food and hygiene items are also provided when available.

ELIGIBILITY:

Participants in the Senior Food Self must be 55 years or older, live in Hennepin County, and meet income guidelines (at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines. For a family of one the upper limit is $2081 per month; family of two is $2818 a month). Written verification of income is not required.

You are requested to bring identification with you each time you visit. This might be a driver’s license, state ID, or piece of mail with your name and current address. On your first visit, you will need to fill out and sign a form providing your name, address, age, and the names and ages of other household members. Your signature provides verification that you meet income guidelines. You’ll be issued a number and when it is your turn, staff will guide you through the shopping area to choose the items that you would like to bring home.

LOCATION:

We are hosted by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) in the Parker Skyview apartment building.

1801 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

HOURS:

Monday - Friday:  9:30-2:00 pm (no appointment is necessary)

VOLUNTEERS:

We are always looking for volunteers able to take on a regular morning or afternoon shift to assist participants with their shopping. You can fill out a volunteer application [PDF]. 

For more information, please call 612-788-9521.

Glendale Food Shelf

Photo of a Glendale food shelf employee offering produce from a box.

Located in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis, the Glendale Food Shelf provides food support to families living in Glendale Town Homes.

We opened the food shelf in 2009, in partnership with Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA), and with additional support from Hennepin County, faith communities, businesses, and community organizations. 

Glendale Food Shelf supplies a wide variety of food items, including fresh fruits and vegetables and culturally-specific foods that are staples to the diets of community members. Each family member is eligible to receive a monthly allocation of 25 pounds of food. Participants can shop multiple times during the month until the total household food allocation is reached.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a resident of Glendale Town Homes

  • Income must be at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines (self-declared)

  • Each family completes an enrollment form providing names and ages of each person in the household.

Location:

92 St. Mary's Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Hours:

Monday & Thursday:  11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday:  2:00 - 6:00 pm
Closed on Friday

For more information, please contact us at 612-342-1954.

Federal Civil Rights Law and USDA Statement:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) [PDF] found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; Fax: (202) 690-7442; or Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.