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University of Minnesota Extension’s SNAP-Ed program makes the healthy choice the easy choice for Minnesotans with limited financial resources.

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CWE_w Healthy_Food_SchoolsIncrease access to fruits and vegetables while decreasing access to foods high in sodium, saturated fat, and added sugars for student and staff at the three public school districts and Crosslake Community School in Crow Wing County. Over the long term we will measure success by showing lower obesity rates in our school aged children as well as adults, as these lifestyle changes, will carry over into their own home lives, and into their own families. To get involved in this effort contact: Arlene Jones




Working together with local farmers markets and other community partners, we would like to increase healthy food options for individuals and families who are in need. We would like to do so by:

  1. Establish a Crow Wing County Farmer’s Market Coalition – working together
  2. Assess accessibility to the community, and assist in bridging gaps in transportation or possible locations of the farmers markets.
  3. Develop and build partnerships in order to have an EBT reader, to assist in utilization of Market Bucks for SNAP, WIC, credit cards, and more!
  4. Educate and promote the local farmers markets, as to when and where they are located, and ways that you can get involved if you are interested.

To get involved in this effort contact:

Carolyn McQueen or

Jackie Thurlow



Brainerd Lakes Salvation Army Food Shelf, 208 S 5th St, Brainerd

218-829-1120 | Tues. – Fri. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Cuyuna Range Food Shelf, 302 Cross Ave, Crosby

218-546-7444 | 2nd & 3rd Wed. 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.


Crosslake Emergency Food Shelf, 34212 CR 3, Crosslake

218-692-1004 | 1st & 3rd Fri. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Emily Area Food Shelf, 20948 Co. Rd. #1, Emily

218-763-3097 | 3rd Wed. 9:30 – 11 a.m. & Thurs. 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. & 1st Wed. 9:30 – 11 a.m. bread & produce only


Garrison Area Care Givers Food Shelf, 9535 Madison St., Garrison

320-692-5399 | Tues. & Thurs. 1 – 5 p.m.


Lakes Area Food Shelf, 29280 State Hwy 371, Pequot Lakes

218-568-8474 | Tues. & Thurs. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.



The MN Department of Health shared the Brainerd Lakes Salvation Army Food Shelf as a choice model.

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Eating your fruits and vegetables
Learn how to harvest and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables through the Pick it! Try it! Like it! education created by iGrow. Their website features tips and recipes for fruits and vegetables you can grown at home or purchase from a local farmer or grocery store.




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