March Food Drive!

MN FoodShare Campaign

Eastside Food Co-op is pleased to join the fight against hunger by once aging help raise funds and food donations for Little Kitchen Food Shelf. For the past six years Eastside Food Co-op has joined food Co-ops across the state in support of the MN FoodShare Campaign. Last year 17 MN food Co-op supported 26 individual food shelves and organizations with a combined total of food/funds 109,371.37 dollars/pounds. For this year’s campaign Eastside Food Co-op has set an ambitious goal of raising 8,000 dollars/pounds. Non-perishable food items may be placed in the donation bin near customer service and monetary round-ups can be done at any register at any time in any amount. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity!   

More about Little Kitchen Food Shelf

The Little Kitchen Food Shelf is a no-boundaries, no-restrictions food shelf serving Northeast Minneapolis and beyond. We serve all people. In addition, we stock dog and cat food to feed the companion animals of those in need. Pre-registration is required for new clients; please call 612-788-2444 between 9:00 am and 11:00 am, Monday through Thursday.

95% of monetary donations go into the purchase of food and supplies to support hungry community members.

The Little Kitchen Foodshelf is located at: Grace Center for Community Life, 1500 – 6th St NE, at the corner of 5th & 15th streets (in the former Holland school building).

Food Shelf Hours - Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 am to Noon and Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm PRE-REGISTRATION FOR NEW CLIENTS IS REQUIRED. Phone 612-788-2444, Mon-Thurs. 9am to 11am.

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Items that every food shelf needs:

Food shelves and food banks appreciate any food and money that you give. There are some items, though, that are more in demand than others. Just purchase any of these items and leave them in our bin at the front of the store to help feed families in our community.

  • Protein foods (tuna, peanut butter, nuts, beans)
  • Cereals (cold and hot)
  • Vegetables (unrefrigerated)
  • Fruits (unrefrigerated)
  • Juices (canned & asceptic pack)
  • Milk (asceptic pack)
  • Pasta (packaged and bulk – can be repacked into smaller packages)
  • Beverages (fruit drinks, water, tea)
  • Bread and baked goods
  • Baking needs & mixes (flour, spices, chips, sugar)
  • Oils and dressings
  • Ethnic foods
  • Health and beauty aids (shampoo and hair care, deodorant, toothpaste, soap, feminine hygiene products)
  • Cleaning products (dish soap, laundry soap, cleansers)
  • Household products (toilet tissue, napkins, paper towels, paper plates)

For more info visit mnfoodshare.gmcc.org

The Beet - News from Little Kitchen Food Shelf

In 2016 we served our community through food, education & partnerships. 2016 by the numbers:

  • 6,630 individuals received food at Little Kitchen, an average of 553 per month.
  • 2,279 total households were served, and of these 491 visited us for the first time.
  • 54,071 lbs of food were distributed.
  • $37,461 in direct contributions from individuals & organizations kept us going!
  • $33,361 is what we spent on food bank, gardening for food & service-related expenses.

Through Second Harvest Heartland and the MN Dept of Agriculture, Little Kitchen is eligible to receive venison donations submitted through the MN Hunter-Harvested Venison Donation Program. We can order venison through Second Harvest, for a small fee. We can also receive archery-harvested venison donated directly to us through a registered processor. Here in Minnesota, it's not such a crazy idea! For more info please call us at 612-788-2444 x12, or visit the MNDA website.

For 35 years, Minnesota FoodShare has coordinated the largest statewide grassroots food and fund drive to help restock Minnesota food shelves.

Little Kitchen will once again partner with Eastside Food Co-op to collect food and monetary donations during March 2017! Every pound of food and every dollar we collect during this event goes directly towards helping hungry community members. We also receive a bonus check from Minnesota FoodShare based on how well we do!