University of Minnesota Extension’s SNAP-Ed program makes the healthy choice the easy choice for Minnesotans with limited financial resources.
Healthy School Food
Increase 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 by email or phone
Healthy Food Shelves
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:
Establish a Crow Wing County Farmer’s Market Coalition – working together
Assess accessibility to the community, and assist in bridging gaps in transportation or possible locations of the farmers markets.
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!
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.
Thousands of neighbors across our region reach out for food help every week. If you could benefit from food help, you are not alone and our network of partners is here for you.
Below you will find two types of immediate food help resources:
Mobile Food Pantry, a drive-through-style outdoor distribution that reaches communities across our region. The schedule is linked below. All are welcome. Please follow income guidelines listed on the schedule. Food will be distributed until we run out.
A searchable map of food shelves, meal programs, soup kitchens and other distributions across our region, including hours of operation and links for additional information. We invite you to explore the options that work best for you and encourage you to visit!
The Lakes Area Food Shelf is committed to making sure that no one has to go hungry. The food shelf is considered a “choice food shelf” which means that it is set up like a grocery store and you are allowed to choose your own food, personal care items, and household goods from the selections available. We will also do curbside service and you may inquire about home delivery. Bring reusable bags (choice shopping). Agreed to food “as is”. No sale of food is allowed.
The Emily Food Shelf is what is considered to be a “choice food shelf”, which means that it is set up like a grocery store and our neighbors are allowed to pick their own food and personal care items from the selections available. We do our best to offer fresh produce, meat, dairy, bread, canned fruits and vegetables, other shelf-stable items, and personal care items consistently at each of our distributions.
If you are unable to visit us due to transportation issues or other circumstances, please contact us at 218-763-3663 so we can help! There is truly no reason to go without.
Our food shelves offer a wide range of groceries, allowing individuals and families in need to stretch their budgets. Food boxes may include shelf-stable pantry items, breads, cereals, meat and other household necessities. On occasion, fresh produce is also made available.