Food Access Resources During COVID-19

On our Information and Services post, we provided information on where school lunches can be picked up during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we would also like to provide additional food resources that are available to anyone, including adults and families.

Sanneh Foundation

The Sanneh Foundation is providing meals in the lobby of the Conway Community Center Monday through Friday from 1-4 p.m. for the duration of the stay-at-home order. Meals are to-go only and access to the community center is not available. Conway staff will be present during meal distribution times to provide additional community resource information for families.

Location: 2090 Conway Street, St. Paul MN 55119 (pictured above)

Merrick Community Services

Due to COVID-19, shopping in the food shelf is no longer available. However, Emergency Food Boxes will be available from the food shelf’s curbside on Monday from 3-5 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10-11:30 a.m. There is no need to make an appointment.

Location: Door 2A, 1699 Arcade Street

Keystone Community Services

Full selection of the food shelf is not available due to COVID-19, but every household will receive dry goods, produce, and refrigerated/freezer items per household size and diet preference. When you arrive, form an orderly line outside the food shelf. You may enter the lobby when the household ahead of you exits the lobby to adhere to social distancing practices. Hours for both locations are 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Midway location: 1916 University Avenue W, St. Paul MN 55104

Rice Street location: 1459 Rice Street Suite 3, St. Paul MN 55117


Families may pick up food from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at select YMCA locations and choose a meal package for a family of four including a protein, vegetables, and other fresh food. Lunch bags (sandwich, snacks, fruit) will also be available.

St. Paul Payne Avenue Salvation Army

This Salvation Army location offers a hot lunch meal Monday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. There is also an emergency food shelf for adults and families Monday through Friday for the first 15 walk-ins of each shift, and free food distribution occurs every Friday from 2-3 p.m., excluding the first Friday of the month.

Location: 1019 Payne Avenue, St. Paul MN 55130

Hallie Q. Brown Community Center

The community area food shelf at the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center can be used as needed and is open to residents of St. Paul and the surrounding Twin Cities Metro area. During COVID-19, shopping in the food shelf is not available, but you can fill out the Food Shelf Request form on their website, and they will fill your request and have it ready for curbside pickup or delivery. Priority will be given to seniors and those who are homebound for health-related reasons.

Location: 270 North Kent Street, St. Paul MN 55102


CAPI USA provides culturally appropriate food to Southeast Asian families who meet eligibility requirements. They primarily serve Southeast Asian families residing in Hennepin County. Individuals can use the food shelf service once a month, and they will accept anyone who is referred through the Emergency Food Shelf Network. Required documents include an application/registration form, driver’s license, picture ID, proof of address, proof of household income, and state ID.

New participants must either schedule an appointment or come to walk-ins on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. to fill out the intake application.

Location: 5930 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center MN 55429

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