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Fresh Produce Pickups

 

During the COVID-19 outbreak we are offering Fresh Produce Pickups, where families can pick up fresh fruit and vegetables 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.


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 unfortunately 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.

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.



Wellstone Center

 

ADDRESS: 179 Robie Street East, St. Paul MN 55107
Pick Up Hours: 1 – 2:30 p.m.   |   2nd and 4th Wednesdays

July 14th, July 28th, August 11th, August 25th, September 8th, September 22nd, October 13th

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.

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 20th, August 17th, September 21st

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.

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 13th, August 10th, September 14th, October 12th

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

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.


Francis Basket – Highland Family Center


Address: 1293 Maynard Dr. #410, Saint Paul MN 55116

Produce Box Pickups

Pick up FREE boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables at the Francis Basket Food Market!

July 26  |  August 23  |  September 27

1–2:30 p.m.

THINGS TO KNOW

• Open to St. Paul residents and Neighborhood House participants.

• Each household will receive one box at each distribution.

• Please walk to the distribution or find street parking nearby- there is very limited parking at the Francis Basket Food Market.

• We will require everyone attending these events to stay at least 6 feet away from other people during the event to ensure safety. Please wear a mask if you have one.

• These boxes are heavy, so please bring a cart or plan to lift 20-30 lbs.

• You can come to each one. No requirements are necessary to attend.                     

**PLEASE NOTE: The Francis Basket Food Market and bathrooms inside the building will be CLOSED during the distribution.**

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 have changed this event to ensure the safety of all staff, volunteers, and participants.

From July to October 2021, we are using a curbside pickup model at three Saint Paul locations, and are calling these events Fresh Produce Pickups.

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

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

Still have questions? Please contact Anna Dolde, Fresh Produce Distribution Coordinator, at adolde@neighb.org or by phone at 651.789.2519.

FPD Sponsorship

2021 Fresh Produce Distribution – Sponsorship Opportunities

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