Everyone Needs a Little Help from Time to Time

So many families are just one job change, health issue, or rent increase away from needing a little extra help putting food on the table. Many families only need to access food resources for a period of time until they get back on their feet. No matter your circumstance, there is a program that can help. 

Find free food year-round, including school district summer meal programs and resources provided by community partners.

Free Breakfast & Lunch

What: Free breakfast and lunch for kids age 2-18. 
Where: Park High School + Newport Elementary
When: Monday-Friday, June 12-August 24
Questions? Call 651-425-6250

Breakfast is served from 8-9:30am
Lunch is served from 11am-12:30pm


St Rita’s Church
Where: 8694 80th St S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
When: Fridays at 6pm: July 20 and August 17

All Saints Lutheran Church
8100 Belden Blvd, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
When: Fridays at 6pm: July 27 and August 24

Newport Lutheran Church
900 15th St, Newport, MN 55055
When: Saturdays at 5:30pm: July 14 and August 11

The Alley Church
8944 Indahl Ave S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
When: Sundays at 10:30am: August 12

Free for the whole family. No application or proof of income is needed.

Food Shelves

Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf
 8264 4th St N, Oakdale, MN 55128
When: Mondays, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Thursdays, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.; Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. No appointment or preregistration is necessary.

Friends in Need Food Shelf
Where: 535 4th St, St Paul Park, MN 55071
When: Shopping hours are Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00 pm. To better serve you, please make an appointment on Mondays between 12:00-3:00 p.m. or Tuesdays after 7:30 a.m.

SkooliE Bus Locations

Shawnee Park
6515 Scheel Dr., Woodbury, MN 55125
Mondays, 5-7pm: July 23, August 6, August 20 

Royal Oaks Elementary
7335 Steepleview Rd., Woodbury, MN 55125
Mondays, 5-7pm: July 16, July 30, August 13 

Newport Lutheran Church
900 15th St., Newport, MN 55055
Tuesdays, 4-6pm: July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14, August 21

Pullman Elementary
1260 Selby Ave., St. Paul Park, MN 55071
Wednesdays, 5-7pm: July 25, August 8, August 22

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish
920 Holley Ave., St. Paul Park, MN 55071
Wednesdays, 5-7pm: July 18, August 1, August 15

Park Grove Library
7900 Hemingway Ave. S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Thursdays, 4-6pm: July 26, August 9, August 23

Armstrong Elementary
8855 Inwood Ave. S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Thursdays, 4-6pm: July 19, August 2, August 16

Produce Fair

Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf
 8264 4th St N, Oakdale, MN 55128
When: Saturday from 10-11:30am: July 14, 28, August 11, 25, September 8, 22, and October 13

Community Resources Overview


District 833’s Community Education Skoolie Bus will be out in South Washington County communities every Monday-Thursday between June 18 and August 23 offering free activities and food for kids. The bus will make stops at various locations in Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park and Woodbury on weeknights. All are invited to attend and take part in the fun. Use the map or calendar below to find a Skoolie stop near you, or click here for the full schedule!

free summer meals through the summer food service program

Families with kids who access free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch during the school year might need a little extra help this summer. There are hundreds of locations across Minnesota that are serving complementary snacks and meals to all children and teens 18 years old and younger! Note that menus and activities offered (if any) varies by location. Click the here for the USDA’s meal mapper to find free meals near you, or text “food” to 877-877 to find free meals in your area. You can also use the map and calendar below to find meals right here in the South Washington County community.

Free dining sites near you

There are several churches that offer semi-regular community-wide meals. Click here for a list, and use the calendar below to find additional options.


Food Shelves

Christian Cupboard and Friends in Need are both right here in the South Washington County community. Visit their respective websites to learn more about when they're open, and what you'll need to bring to get food assistance. If those two locations aren't right for you, Hunger Solutions has a helpful tool to locate a food shelf or meal program near you. You can also call the Minnesota Food Helpline at 1-888-711-1151

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) / Food Stamps

SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of Americans, and is the largest hunger relief program. Eligibility is based on monthly income and household size. Click here or call 651.209.7963 (toll-free 1.844.764.5513) to contact an outreach specialist from Second Harvest Heartland to see if you are eligible for SNAP.

Fare For All

Fare For All is a great way to save money on quality, nutritious food. They buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and frozen meat in bulk to save you up to 40% off grocery store prices. There are 30 locations in the Twin Cities metro area, with food packages are sold once per month. 

market bucks

Market Bucks help SNAP customers stretch their dollars at the farmers market making healthy food more affordable. Market Bucks match SNAP-EBT spending dollar-for-dollar (up to $10) at participating farmers markets across Minnesota. Learn more here!

South Washington County Meal Resources Map and Calendar

Don't see what you need? See the resources above for dining sites, farmers markets and more that provide convenient options for your family.


SoWashCo Google Calendar

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