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Operation Sandwich

June 5 – August 31
There are no income  requirements, no collecting of names, and lunches are free to the community.
All are welcome!

Brainerd/Baxter Locations
Lowell Elementary  11:45 am to 12:10 pm
Garfield Elementary  12:15 to 12:40 pm
Harrison Elementary  12:45 to 1:15 pm
Whipple Beach Park, Baxter  12:00 to 12:30 pm
Kiwanis Park  12:40 to 1:10 pm
Barrows Town Hall  11:45 to 12:10 pm
Gregory Park  12:40 to 1:10 pm
The Book Wagon
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On Mondays, the Book Wagon follows Operation Sandwich to Lowell, Garfield and Harrison schools and distributes new and gently used, age appropriate books to the children picking up lunches.

To volunteer for this United Way of Crow Wing & Southern Cass Counties program, sign up online

Click to download flyer PDF Operation Sandwich Flyer 2017


ISD 181 Kids Summer Food Program

Washington Education Building

Cafeteria is located in the basement.

June 6 – August 26

Breakfast 8:30 to 9 am Lunch 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Children 18 and under.




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

Click to download PDF of Food Resources in Crow Wing County FoodResourcesBrochure 2017



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.

Click link below



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.

Click to download Top 10 Reasons to eat fruits and veggies Top 10 Reasons to Eat MORE Fruits

Click to download produce poster Summer Produce Poster-more words


Farmers Markets

Brainerd – TUESDAYS 8-12:30

Franklin Art Center, 1001 Kingwood Street, Brainerd, MN  56401

Baxter – FRIDAYS 8-12:30

Viking Land Harley-Davidson, 7915 Highway 210, Baxter, MN  56425

Nisswa – THURSDAYS 8-12:30

American Legion, 25807 Main Street, Nisswa, MN  56468

Ideal Corners – SATURDAYS 9 am-1 pm

Accepts SNAP / EBT Benefits

Ideal Green Market Cooperative, 34988 County Road 39, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472





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