Food shelves provide food and basic needs to individuals and families living on little. Please call the food shelf to check eligibility requirements and hours.
What do you have to do to get food?
Most food shelves have an intake process. They ask people to fill out one form that is required by the United States Department of (USDA), called a TEFAP Eligibility and Data Privacy Form. The information on this form is not shared with anyone. Food shelves must also follow data privacy laws for the state of Minnesota, and personal information cannot be shared with ICE or other law enforcement without a warrant.
Food shelves may request other information in addition to the TEFAP Eligibility and Data Privacy Form, but nothing else is required. Identification (ID) or piece of mail or other identifying information can be requested but cannot be required. Many food shelves request additional information to help them identify who is in their service area and to help with spelling names.
Income is self-declared and food shelves cannot ask for proof of income in order to get food.
What food shelf should you use?
Food shelves must serve everyone on their first visit, but they may refer you to a food shelf closer to where you live after the first visit. If it’s more convenient for you to use a certain food shelf, you are encouraged to talk to food shelf staff to let them know your situation.