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Food Resources

Community and campus resources to ensure you don’t go hungry.

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Community Food Resources

Coon Rapids Police Department is offering FREE MEALS available 24 hours a day from Friday, November 19 to Friday January 3.

Available to everyone – regardless of income or residency. No sign up required. Show up anytime and the meals will be free to grab and go inside the front entry – help yourself. Meal bag includes 4-5 pounds of food including fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains and entrees.

Station #1: 1460 Egret Boulevard 
Station #2: 1199 121st Avenue NW

Numerous community organizations in and around Anoka County offer resources for those in need of food. View a PDF of the calendar or visit Community Free Food Calendar online

Students are encouraged to review the following food resources or visit Hunger Solutions to locate a food shelf in their area as additional support.

SNAP Nutrition Assistance

Don't have enough food each month? SNAP is a nutrition assistance programs that helps with monthly benefits to those that qualify. NOTE: SNAP eligibility for benefits have been temporarily expanded and are available to more college students. 

Some criteria include:

  • a student needs to qualify for work-study OR
  • have a $0 estimated family contribution on their FAFSA and make under $1,771 a month if they are a single person

More SNAP information and an online screening eligibility tool is available. For more information you can contact an Outreach Coordinator through Second Harvest Heartland by sending your name and contact information to where a representative will contact you about your eligibility.

Resources Near Cambridge Campus
Resources Near Coon Rapids Campus
Additional Resources

Resources near Cambridge campus

Braham Area Food Shelf

Learn more online


Cambridge Surplus Food Distribution

The Cambridge Surplus Food Distribution (CSFD) is a partnership with Second Harvest Heartland that aims to end hunger in our community, by distributing surplus food, such as over stocked, close-dated or bulk items to individuals and families who are in crisis or whose income does not exceed federal poverty guidelines.


Learn more online or call 612-402-6100


Family Pathways - Cambridge Food Pantry

 If you or someone you know needs food assistance, please contact us.



Monday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


Learn more online or call (763) 552-3663

Isanti County Food Pantry

First Baptist Church provide a food pantry and is ready to help.


Learn more online or call (763) 689-1173

North Anoka County Emergency Food Shelf

Serving the communities of Bethel, Cedar, East Bethel, Ham Lake, Linwood Township, Oak Grove, St. Francis, and Wyoming.



Monday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Tuesday 4:00 to 8:00 pm
Wednesday 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 to 11:00 am


Learn more online or call (763) 434-7685

Rush City Food Shelf

Learn more online

Spirit River Community

Spirit River Community is a people with a passion for mission and social justice. We are very engaged in the Isanti/Cambridge area in meeting the needs of our neighbors.


 Learn more online or call (612) 888-4255

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Resources near Coon Rapids campus

ACBC Food Shelf

ACBC provides emergency food and clothing to Anoka County residents in need.


Walk-In hours:

Monday and Wednesday 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Tuesday and Thursday 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm


Appointment Hours:

Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm
Friday 9:00 am to 10:15 am


Learn more online or call 763-422-0046 to schedule an appointment.


CEAP provides food to any family that comes to them for assistance.



Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm


Learn more online or call (763) 566-9600


Centennial Community Food Shelf

Serving the communities of East Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Lexington, and Lino Lakes.



Monday to Thursday 4:00 to 6:00 pm


Learn more online or call (763) 784-2013



Grace Lutheran Church

There is also a small emergency food shelf at Grace. They provide four bags of non-perishable food items.



Monday to Thursday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am to noon 


Learn more online or call (763) 421-6520

Hope for the Community

Hope For The Community is a ministry that serves hundreds of families each week. Each family receives 35-50 pounds of groceries. If you are in need of groceries or know of someone that needs groceries, we encourage a visit!



Thursday 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm


Learn more online or call (763) 757-4266


The Salvation Army Food Shelf

Serving the communities within Anoka County.



Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm


Learn more online or call (763) 755-6873


St. Philip's Clothing and Food Shelf



Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Tuesday and  Thursday 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Wednesday Evening 5:00 to 7:00 pm


 Learn more online or call (763) 571-1500


Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA)

Serving the communities of Columbia Heights, Hilltop, Fridley, and Spring Lake Park.



Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am to 6:30 pm


 Learn more online or call (763) 789-2444

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Additional resources


Minnesota Food Helpline

To end hunger in Minnesota we need a strong, responsive emergency food system. Hunger Solutions Minnesota works to build food shelf capacity so they are best able to meet the needs of their local communities. Minnesota Food HelpLine provides solutions for food needs. Minnesota Food Helpline provides solutions for food needs if you or someone you know needs help.


Learn more online or call 1-888-711- 1151. Phones answered Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm



SNAP helps Minnesotans with low incomes get the food they need for nutritious and well-balanced meals. The program provides support to help stretch your household food budget. It is not intended to meet all of your household's food needs. It is a supplement if you need additional support to pay for groceries or other food access resources. SNAP will bring you more benefits at many stores, farmers markets and senior dining sites.


Learn more online

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