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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 or by walking up to three Saint Paul locations. Please read information below about how to attend a Fresh Produce Pickup at each site.

 

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FAQs

 

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. 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 bread, 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! However, at Francis Basket, we ask that you try to limit your produce box shops to once a week to ensure that we have enough boxes in stock for everyone.

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.

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 each pickup site below:

 

Wellstone Center

ADDRESS: 179 Robie Street East, St. Paul MN 55107
Pick Up Hours: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
2nd and 4th Wednesdays
July 8 & 22, August 12 & 26, September 9 , October 14

How to Drive to the Wellstone 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 on Clinton Ave between Congress St and State St.

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How to Walk to the Wellstone Fresh Produce Pickup

If you are walking to the Wellstone Center Fresh Produce Distribution, you will be able to line up 6 feet apart on the sidewalk next to Clinton Ave S. YOU CAN ONLY LINE UP STARTING AT 12:30 PM TO GET FOOD!

If you walk up, you must stand 6 feet apart from other people while waiting in line. We will have markers placed for you to know where to stand. Please bring your own carts and bags if you have them.

The distribution is first come first serve- the place you are in line determines the order everyone receives produce.

John A. Johnson Elementary School

ADDRESS: 740 York Avenue, St. Paul, MN
Pick Up Hours: 3 – 4:30 p.m.
3rd Tuesdays
July 21- CANCELLED (Rescheduled for August 4), August 18, September 15

How to Drive to the Johnson 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.

FPD Directions for JAJ

How to Walk to the Johnson Fresh Produce Pickup

If you are walking to the Wellstone Center Fresh Produce Distribution, you will be able to line up 6 feet apart on the sidewalk next to the playground off of York Ave (see red box on map). YOU CAN ONLY LINE UP STARTING AT 2:30 PM TO GET FOOD!

If you walk up, you must stand 6 feet apart from other people while waiting in line. We will have markers placed for you to know where to stand. Please bring your own carts and bags if you have them.

The distribution is first come first serve- the place you are in line determines the order everyone receives produce.

Dayton’s Bluff Elementary School

ADDRESS: 262 Bates Avenue, St. Paul
Distribution 3 – 4:30 p.m.
2nd Tuesdays
July 28 (rescheduled form 7/14), August 11, September 8, October 13

How to Drive to the Dayton’s Bluff Fresh Produce Pickup

 

The distribution is first come first serve- the order of cars in the car waiting area will determine the order everyone receives produce.

FPD Directions for Daytons Bluff

How to Walk to the Dayton’s Bluff Fresh Produce Pickup

If you are walking to the Wellstone Center Fresh Produce Distribution, you will be able to line up 6 feet apart on next to the playground off of York Ave (see red box on map). YOU CAN ONLY LINE UP STARTING AT 2:30 PM TO GET FOOD!

If you walk up, you must stand 6 feet apart from other people while waiting in line. We will have markers placed for you to know where to stand. Please bring your own carts and bags if you have them.

The distribution is first come first serve- the place you are in line determines the order everyone receives produce.

Daytons bluff walking copy

Francis Basket Food Shelf: Emergency Produce Boxes

ADDRESS: 1293 Maynard Dr. #410, Saint Paul MN 55116
Hours: Monday & Friday: 9-11:30 a.m., Tuesday: 9-11:30 a.m.; 1-3:30 p.m.

Available for pickup during regular shopping hours from July to October

The 20 lb. produce box includes a variety of fresh produce items, and is included with your regular shopping at the Francis Basket Food Shelf.

The Francis Basket Food Market has a walk up procedure so you need to walk to the door and ring the doorbell and someone will ask you a few questions and then bring out your food.