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Fresh Produce Distribution

During the COVID-19 outbreak we are offering Fresh Produce Pickups, where families can pick up fresh fruit, vegetables, and bread by driving up in their cars at Metro State University. Please read information below about how to attend a Fresh Produce Pickup at the Metro State location.





Are Fresh Produce Pickups safe during COVID-19?

Fresh Produce Pickups are designed to keep people safe while also providing produce to the community during COVID-19. Using a curbside pickup model, you can stay in your car and receive produce to make sure you don’t have contact with others. We have also moved the event outdoors, but covered, for your safety to ensure good airflow to minimize the spread of COVID-19. If you are walking up, we will have everyone spaced 6 feet apart to make sure people can be safe.

Please wear a mask if you have one!

What can I expect to receive at a Fresh Produce Pickup?

You can expect 15-25 pounds of fresh produce!

You will get a variety of bulk produce that changes every distribution. We will almost always have potatoes and onions, but we won’t be able to confirm what produce you’ll receive until the day of the event.

How many times can I go to a Fresh Produce Pickup?

You can go to as many Fresh Produce Distributions as you want!

You are welcome to come to every distribution!

What time should I come to a Fresh Produce Pickup?

We ask that you not come earlier than 30 minutes before the event time. If you arrive earlier than 30 minutes before, you will not be able to line up and reserve your spot early- we will ask you to wait somewhere else. This helps us manage lines and make sure that people do not have to wait a long time to receive produce.

What do I need to bring?

You do not need to bring anything to receive produce!

If you are walking, bring your own carts and bags if you have them.

Please bring a face mask if you have one- they are required to attend the distribution. We will provide a mask if you need one.

How do I sign up or register for Fresh Produce Pickups?

We will be doing registration at the event from your car or in-person.

We DO NOT ask for any identifying information (name, birthdate, address). We ask the following information that is anonymous:

1.  Zip code

2.  Number of people in the household (children, adults, and seniors)

3.  If you use our food shelf/ if you have attended a Fresh Produce Distribution in the past

We use this information to know how many total people we served at each event.

How do I get to a Fresh Produce Pickup?

You can walk or drive to a Fresh Produce Pickup location.

If you are able to drive, please plan to remain in your car- we will bring produce to you. If you plan to walk to the distribution, we will have waiting areas set 6 feet apart for people to wait for produce.

If you are driving to a Fresh Produce Pickup, you must line up in the designated Drive-Up Line on the street listed below. You will not be allowed into the distribution unless you follow the traffic procedures at the site.

Please read about how to get to the pickup site below

Metro State University Parking Ramp

ADDRESS: 407 Bates Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106
Pick Up Hours: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
2nd Tuesdays (except for Nov. 17 which is a 3rd Tuesday)

February 9th
(Canceled due to cold weather),
March 9th, April 13th, May 11th

How to Drive to the Metro State Fresh Produce Pickup

If you are driving to a Fresh Produce Pickup, you must line up in the designated Drive-Up Line on the street listed below. You will not be allowed into the distribution unless you follow the traffic procedures at the site.

The car waiting area will be in the parking ramp off of Bates Ave. YOU CAN ONLY ENTER FROM BATES AVENUE!

YOU CAN: Enter the parking ramp from Bates Ave

DO NOT: Enter from Maria Avenue- you will have to turn around and enter from Bates Ave

metro state FPD map


For Fresh Produce Pickup Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at, or sponsoring a Fresh Produce Pickup!

If you have volunteered for a Fresh Produce Distribution in the past, we are changing this event to ensure the safety of all staff, volunteers, and participants.

From November 2020 through May 2021, we are using a curbside pickup model at Metro State University, and are calling these events Fresh Produce Pickups.

Volunteers, staff, and participants will be socially distanced throughout the distribution events.

Here are some other changes we have made to the Fresh Produce Distribution program:

We have two shifts for volunteers during the Fresh Produce Pickup:

Produce Distribution Volunteer: Volunteers will sort and bag produce, distribute produce to families, and help clean up after the distribution ends.

Traffic Control Volunteer: Volunteers assist with directing traffic, and communicate traffic rules to participants driving to the distribution.

At this time, we are only allowing groups of up to 15 people due to social distancing.

If you would like to volunteer for Fresh Produce Pickups, CLICK HERE!

Still have questions? Please contact Rah Bridwell, Volunteer Engagement Specialist, by email at or by phone at 651.789.2524

FPD Sponsorship

If you would like more info about being a sponsor and providing the produce we distribute, please contact Karla Healey, Leadership Giving Officer,, 651.789.3626.