Food Resources

University of Minnesota Extension’s SNAP-Ed program makes the healthy choice the easy choice for Minnesotans with limited financial resources.
Food Resources in Crow Wing County»

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 612-695-2721 |

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:

  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
Kalsey Stults –

Crow Wing County Food Shelves

Check out our Food Resources Flyer

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

Family Food Assistance Programs

Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen
923 Oak Street, Brainerd
Dinner served: Monday-Saturday 5-6:30 pm 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:

  • Cuyuna Range Elementary
  • Garfield Elementary
  • Harrison Elementary
  • Riverside Elementary

Operation Sandwich
Provides kids with a simple bag lunch Monday – Thursday during summer school break. View locations»

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 grow at home or purchase from a local farmer or grocery store.

Top 10 Reasons to eat fruits and veggies