Crow Wing Energized

Healthy Foods


Make healthy choices and support farmers by purchasing fresh locally grown produce!


TUESDAYS in Brainerd | 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to mid-October

Franklin Arts Center Parking Lot 1001 Kingwood St, Brainerd |

TUESDAYS in Brainerd | 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. starting June 26

Laurel Street Parking Lot Between S. 6th Street and S. 7th St, Brainerd (616 Laurel) |

(218) 828-2307 (ask for Jared) | contact for free vendor entry


THURSDAYS in Nisswa | 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to October 27

American Legion Parking Lot 25807 Main St, Nisswa


FRIDAYS in Baxter | 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to mid-October

Viking Land Harley-Davidson parking lot, 7915 Highway 210, Baxter |


FRIDAYS in Pine River | 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. May 25 to September 28

Pine River Market Square 3rd & Barclay, Downtown Pine River |


SATURDAYS at Ideal Corners | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Farmers’ Market in Ideal, 34988 Co Rd 39, Pequot Lakes

Accepts Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT)


SATURDAYS in Crosby | 9 a.m. to Noon June 2 to October 13

Cuyuna Range Farmers Market, Main Street Plaza at the corner of Cross and Main

Accepts Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT)

Find info on FaceBook


SATURDAYS at Deerwood | 9:00 a.m. – Noon

The Backyard Greenhouse, 22250 County Road 135, Deerwood

Find info on FaceBook


Click to download Farmers Market PDF CWE farmers market list




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




Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen


923 Oak Street, Brainerd

Dinner served: Monday-Saturday 5-6:30pm Sunday 12:30-2pm


Kids Pack Backpack Program


Provides a package of food once a month to help kids get by. Each pack contains 8-12 “kid friendly” food items that can be consumed with little or no preparation.

Distribution sites:

o Cuyuna Range Elementary

o Garfield Elementary

o Harrison Elementary

o Riverside Elementary


Summer Program for FREE Meals for Kids through Operation Sandwich and Schools


Provides kids with a simple bag lunch Monday – Thursday during summer school break.


Operation Sandwich

June 4 – August 30

There are no income requirements, no collecting of names, and lunches are free to the community.

All are welcome! 2018 program presenting supporters are Cuyuna Regional Medical Center and Essentia Health.


Brainerd/Baxter Locations

Lowell Elementary, Monday – Thursday 11:40 am to 12:05 pm

Garfield Elementary, Monday – Thursday 12:40 to 1:05 pm

Harrison Elementary, Monday – Thursday 12:25 to 12:50 pm

Whipple Beach Park, Baxter, Monday – Thursday 11:55 am to 12:20 pm

Barrows Town Hall, Monday – Thursday 11:50 am to 12:15 pm

Stoneybrook, Monday – Thursday 12:30 to 12:55 pm

Gregory Park, Monday – Thursday 12:15 to 12:40

Kiwanis Park, Monday – Thursday 11:45 am to 12:10 pm


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


The Book Wagon

Take a Bite Out of Boredom with Books

On Thurdays, 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.

Reading recovery + ISD 181 will have open libraries for children to come, hang out and grab a book at the elementary schools noted above.


ISD 181 Kids Summer Food Program

Washington Education Building

Cafeteria is located in the basement.

Monday – Friday, June 4 – August 24

Breakfast 8:30 to 9 am

Lunch 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

For children 18 and under.


Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch

Nutritious lunches will be available to area youth again this summer through the Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch, a free program organized by area churches and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

The lunches are available on weekdays starting Monday, June 4, through Friday, August 31, except Wednesday, July 4. They will be at the following locations:

11:15 to 11:35 a.m. in Deerwood Veteran’s Park across from the American Legion;

11:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. at Crosby Food Shelf, 302 Cross Ave.; and

12:15 to 12:35 p.m. in Ironton at Grandpa’s Park behind Wells Fargo.

Last year, a total of 4,861 lunches were served through the program. That amount compares to 4,650 lunches in summer 2016; 3,820 in 2015 and 900 in 2014, the program’s first year.

For more information or to contribute to the Lunch Bunch, contact Ellen Brandt at St. Vincent de Paul,



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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