The Food Shelf provides non-perishable items (canned and boxed foods) in addition to fresh produce, deli items, milk, eggs, margarine, frozen meats and other perishable products as available. Clients are able to "shop" for their food, selecting the items that are most appropriate for their needs.
- Clients may visit the Food Shelf one time each calendar month.
- Seniors (65 and older) may visit the Food Shelf two times each calendar month.
Click here for eligibility and registration requirements.
Bonus Friday: In addition to the regular monthly visit(s), clients can visit the Food Shelf every Friday for extra produce, bread and other pre-selected items. Shifts start at 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm, closing at 3:00 pm, and rotate each month by last name. Sign in at 12:30 and 1:30; lotteries held at 12:45 and 1:45.
Snack Pack: Families with elementary school age children can sign up to receive weekend snack packs of kid-friendly meal and snack items. Sign up through your child's school or ask at intake for more information.
Mobile Choice: Clients with limited mobility due to age, health and/or disability may have the option to have their food delivered to their home. If you or someone you know is in need of this service, please contact us or ask at intake.
Produce Distribution: Valley Outreach provides fresh produce monthly at our various pop-up distribution sites, including Oak-Land Junior High and (new!) Bayport. With produce from our partners, we offer a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, and bread to those in need.
We have been feeding families since 1983. The Valley Outreach Food Shelf offers a choice model where clients shop for their specific needs, honoring individual, family and cultural preferences while offering fresh produce and a variety of healthier food options. Additionally, we provide weekend Snack Packs to students eligible for free and reduced lunch during the school week, helping to alleviate hunger over the weekend, and Mobile Choice, a home delivery service for those unable to visit our site.
About 40% of the individuals served each month are children, 20% are elderly, 10% have a physical or mental disability, and many are adults who are either employed – sometimes at more than one job – unemployed or unable to find work as a result of the economic downturn. Those who are employed typically work at low-wage position(s) with little or no employee benefits and are unable to make ends meet. Valley Outreach’s food shelf is designed to supplement the nutritional needs of individuals and families experiencing an emergency financial situation or transition in their lives.
Valley Outreach relies on the community for donations to run its programs. Contributions come from donations and drives held by neighborhoods, churches, schools, businesses and civic organizations. Follow this link to find out ways you can donate to support Valley Outreach and its Food Shelf.
In partnership with HealthPartners, The Food Group, and University of Minnesota Extension and Department of Family Medicine, in 2017 Valley Outreach introduced the Super Shelf program (a refined model built out of Better Shelf for Better Health) and began evaluation with National Institute for Health grant funds.