Charity organizations, particularly food shelves and pantries, are struggling to keep up with an increased demand for services and fewer volunteers. Here are places you can donate to across Minnesota.
Red Cross, Minnesota Region
Prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies through blood and money donations. There are five locations across Minnesota.
Memorial Blood Centers
Provides blood to those who need it and delivers laboratory testing services to customers around the world. There are 10 donor centers located throughout Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.
Provides child care and youth services, including providing athletic facilities, holding classes and summer programs, and humanitarian work. Facilities are located throughout Minnesota.
Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota
Currently seeking volunteers to help package and deliver meals to homebound older adults in Greater Minnesota. Volunteer caregivers are needed to provide telephone support and visits to some families who have loved ones with chronic care and need a break. Training is provided. Also seeking groceries and hygiene items for youth experiencing homeless serviced through the LSS Metro Homeless Youth Services in the Twin Cities. For more information: Email Rosie.Blanc@lssmn.org or call 651-470-8801.
Twin Cities metro
Meals on Wheels, Minneapolis
A meal delivery service for the elderly in the Twin Citie. Accepting volunteer drivers and cash donations by mail, phone or online.
People Serving People, Minneapolis
Serves homeless and at-risk children and their families.
Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minneapolis
Greater Twin Cities United Way is the largest nongovernmental funder of food shelves and meal programs in the Twin Cities region.
Minnehaha Food Shelf, Minneapolis
Feeds the hungry and distributes up to 30,000 pounds of food each month.
St. Stephen’s Human Services, Minneapolis
Requests donations of frozen meals for emergency shelters and seeking donations of hand sanitizer, hand soap, disinfecting wipes, disposable masks, paper towels and toilet paper to be delivered to its center at 2309 Nicollet Av. Online donations also accepted.
Open Arms of Minnesota, Minneapolis
A nonprofit that prepares and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, ALS, and other life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities.
East Side Neighborhood Services
Serves older adults and food insecure populations across Hennepin County through its Senior Food Shelf, Glendale Food Shelf, and High Rise Mobile Food Shelf programs.
Catholic Charities, Twin Cities
Provides shelter, food, housing, education and medical services to children and families, adults, elders and those with disabilities in the Twin Cities.
Second Harvest Heartland, St. Paul and Brooklyn Park
Prepares emergency meals to assist families, partnering with nearly 1,000 food shelves, food pantries and other meal programs.
Neighborhood House, St. Paul
Food, housing and education services in St. Paul, seeking volunteers and donations.
The Sheridan Story, Roseville
Provides multiple food gap programs to more than 10,000 children when they aren’t able to receive free and reduced meals at school across 300 locations in Minnesota.
360 Communities, Burnsville
A network of food shelves in Burnsville, Rosemount, Lakeville, Apple Valley, and Farmington providing immediate food and resources to individuals and families.
Help At Your Door, Golden Valley
Provides grocery shopping, transportation and home cleaning services for seniors and people with disabilities in the Twin Cities metro area.
The Food Group, New Hope
Partners with food pantries to bring affordable, healthy groceries to low-income residents of the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.
White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf, White Bear Lake
Provides food and support to neighbors who live within White Bear Area School District and self-identify a need for food.
Twin Cities Music Community Trust, Minneapolis
All funds donated will help those who have lost a performance due to COVID-19 and its effect on the live music industry. This includes night staff, door staff, bartenders, security, stage crews, tour managers, merchandise sellers and photographers.
CHUM Food Shelf, Duluth
Provides emergency shelter, food and street outreach throughout Duluth. Cash is preferred.
ECHO Food Shelf, Mankato
Provides emergency food assistance to people in Blue Earth County and North Mankato.
Channel One Food Shelf, Rochester
Provides food assistance to low-income individuals and families through the Channel One Food Shelf Program. Seeking cash, food and volunteers to pack emergency food boxes.
Kandiyohi County Food Shelf, Willmar
Provides food to Kandiyohi County residents. Cash donations can be made online or by mail.
McLeod Emergency Food Shelf, Glencoe
Provides hunger relief to residents of McLeod County.
Buffalo Food Shelf, Buffalo
A Christian, non-profit, community-based organization supplementing food and hygiene items to those in need within the community.
Ruby’s Pantry, North Branch
Distributes food at Pop-Up Pantry locations across Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Find more food pantries across Minnesota here.