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Food Insecurity Resources

Food insecurity is an issue that affects college students nationwide. This website is a resource for students at the University of St. Thomas who face the challenge of access to regular meals. Explore the information below about access to food resources throughout the Twin Cities.


Tommie Shelf Food Mobile

Tommie Shelf is a partnership with Keystone Services that brings a mobile foodshelf to campus once per month.  

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Minnesota Central Kitchen

A partnership with Minnesota Central Kitchen and Second Harvest Heartland provides healthy ready to eat meals that are microwave ready to students. These meals last up to three months in the freezer. Distribution of these meals conincides with Tommie Shelf.

the Minnesota Central Kitchen logo. - Minnesota Central Kitchen

Meal Donation Plan

Students with guest meals are able to contribute to the Dining Services & Dean of Students Meal Donation Program the last few weeks of the fall and spring semesters. This program helps to provide meals for St. Thomas students who are experiencing food insecurity and do not otherwise have access to food while they’re on campus. 

An email from dining services will be sent to students with remaining guest meals on their meal plan inviting them to donate their guest meals through a link in the email.

If you are unable to give, here’s how you can still help:

  1. Encourage others to donate their guest meals
  2. Spread the word on social media about how food insecurity impacts college students:
    • Food insecurity may hinder academic performance among college students by forcing them to work for pay to afford food and other basic necessities (Broton & Goldrick-Rab, 2018)
  3. Plan to donate next semester- keep an eye out for the email invitation to donate meals.

Students who are experiencing food insecurity may request a limited number of complimentary meals to be used at The View or The Northsider. The Dean of Students Office will review all requests and be in contact with students requesting complimentary meals.

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Mobile Market

The Mobile Market bus brings fresh produce, meat, and groceries to 33 stops throughout the Twin Cities. It's available Tuesday-Saturday, and you can look up locations right on your smartphone. Click on the image to learn more.

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Hunger Solutions

Hunger Solutions offers a complete list of food shelves in Minnesota, searchable by zip code.

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Food Finder

FoodFinder is a map of food pantries nationwide. Enable your current location or search around your Zip Code to learn about free food assistance programs near you.

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Fare for All

Fare For All buys fresh fruits, vegetables, and frozen meat in bulk to save you up to 40% off grocery store prices. We select the best food from our shipments, pre-packaging it to give you the greatest deals. Fare For All is community supported and open to everyone. Fare For All has thirty locations in the greater Twin Cities metro area where our food packages are sold once a month. All our locations are cash and carry – there is no need to register in advance.

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SNAP

You may be eligible to receive extra money to be used for groceries through the federal program Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). You may complete the SNAP benefits screener to determine whether you are eligible.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) logo. - SNAP
Dorothy Day Center (Downtown)

Location: 183 Old 6th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
Hours:
Breakfast (served Saturday & Sunday only): 9-9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 12 noon-12:45 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30-5:15 p.m.

Other services are available Monday-Wednesday 9-11 a.m. and Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 2-4 p.m.

Contact: 651-647-2350 or www.cctwincities.org/DorothyDayCenter

 
Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf

Location 1: 279 Kent St., St. Paul, MN
Hours: Call in advance for appointments or questions.
Contact: 651-224-4601 or www.hallieqbrown.org

Location 2: 100 N Oxford Street, Saint Paul, MN 55104
Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Contact: 651-251-9015

Merrick Food Shelf

Location 1: Woodland Hills, serving the East Side of St. Paul
1740 Van Dyke St, St. Paul, MN 55109
Hours:
Monday: 3-6 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Contact: 651-287-2088 or www.merrickcs.org

Location 2: Hudson Road
1075 Hudson Road, St. Paul, MN 55106
Hours:
Monday: 3-6 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Contact: 651-772-2313 or www.merrickcs.org

 
Midway Food Shelf

Location: Serving the Hamline-Midway area
1916 University Ave. W, St. Paul, MN
Hours: Monday-Friday:10-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.
Contact: 651-917-3792 or www.keystoneservices.org

 
Neighborhood House 

Location 1: The Wellstone Center
179 Robie St E, St. Paul, MN 55107

Location 2: Francis Basket, serving St. Paul's West Side and Highland Park
1293 Maynard Drive #410, St. Paul, MN 55116

Hours: Monday-Fridays: 9 a.m.-12 noon and 1-4 p.m.
OPEN LATE on the 3rd Wednesday of each month until 7:30 pm

Contact: 651-789-3630 or www.neighb.org

 
Rice Street Food Shelf

Location: Serving the North End neighborhoods
1457 Rice St, St. Paul, MN
Hours: Monday-Friday: 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday: 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.
Contact:
651-487-2792 Ext. 100 or www.keystoneservices.org

 
Roseville Food Shelf

Location: 2833 N. Hamline Ave., St. Paul, MN 55113
Hours: Walk-in only
Monday-Friday: 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Contact:
651-756-7018 or www.keystoneservices.org

 

The Food Group

The Food Group distributes to area food shelves. To find a location or learn more, click on the link below.
Location: 8501 54th Ave N, New Hope, MN 55428
Contact: 763-450-3871 or www.thefoodgroupmn.org

 
Pastor Paul's Mission

Call to register

Location: 1000 Oliver Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55411
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:30-11:20 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Contact: 612-521-4665 or www.pastorpaul.org

 
People Reaching Out to Other People

Location: 14700 Martin Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Hours: 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wednesday: 4-6:30 p.m.
Contact: 952-937-9120 or www.propfood.org

 
Sabathani Community Center

Location: 310 E 38th St Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.
Contact: 612-821-2396 or https://sabathani.org/food-shelf-and-clothing-closet/ 

 
Sharing and Caring Hands

Shelter, food, medical assistance, etc.

Location: 525 N 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Hours:
Hot meals are served at our Day Services Center:
Mondays-Thursdays: 10 a.m., 12 noon, and 3:30 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Bags of food are given to families with children:
Mondays - Thursdays: 10-11:30 a.m. or 1:30-3 p.m.

Contact: 612-338-4640 or www.sharingandcaringhands.org/pages/day-services

 
Waite House

Location: 125 West Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Contact: 612-302-3400 or www.pillsburyunited.org

Did You Know?

St. Thomas dining services employees receive one free meal per shift. If this could play a role in alleviating food insecurity for you, take a look at the student employment opportunities.

Emergency Loan Fund

The Student Emergency Loan Program is administered by the Dean of Students. These loans are issued to qualified students at the University of St. Thomas for emergency situations. Loans will be issued only as long as funds are available in the program.