Deciding to use a food shelf may be a difficult decision. We hope to make this process easier by helping our clients feel welcome and treating them with confidentiality, dignity and respect. Clients do not have to wait until they are in severe debt to come to us. Sometimes getting help with food leaves extra money for other bills. No one should feel uncomfortable coming to us for help.
Who can come to the food shelf?
The Friends in Need Food Shelf serves the residents of Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park, Newport and Grey Cloud Island. If you are not from one of these communities, please call the Minnesota Food Help Line 1-888-711-1151 to find out your food shelf location.
How do I make an appointment?
We encourage you to schedule an appointment before coming to the food shelf so we may better serve you.
To make an appointment, please call 651-458-0730 on Mondays between 12 pm to 3 pm or Tuesday mornings after 7:30 am. If you get our voicemail during those times it means others are also calling and making appointments so please try back every few minutes until you reach our receptionist to make your appointment.
What should I bring?
We request that every time you visit the Friends in Need Food Shelf you bring picture identification and a current bill showing your address in our service area. The bill can be a rent statement or receipt, utility bill, phone bill or any other bill dated recently. If you are homeless, mention this when you call.
Where is the food shelf?
We are located at 535 4th St., St. Paul Park, MN 55071, behind Carbone’s Pizza. For specific directions, please call us at 651-458-0730 as some map services do not pinpoint the correct location.
When can I shop?
Friends in Need is open Tuesdays from 8 am to 4 pm and
Wednesdays from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
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If a person is a danger to self or others, call 9-1-1. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, intervention services are available for Washington County residents through Canvas Health by calling 651-777-5222. This phone line is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you already have a worker, call them FIRST. If you don’t have a worker, call these numbers:
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