Food Support Program

Neighborhood has two food markets: the Wellstone Food Market in the Paul & Sheila Wellstone Center on St. Paul’s West Side, and the second in Sibley Manor in Highland Park. Both locations provide food to those seeking assistance, and connect participants to critical community resources that help them move “from survive to thrive.”

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Healthy Food Standards
We believe that everyone should have access to healthy foods and the knowledge of how to prepare them. A healthy sustainable food supply decreases chronic diseases, increases productivity in the classroom and workplace, and improves health equity in our communities.

What To Expect When You Visit the Food Market
Neighborhood House strives to create a Food Market and shopping experience that is welcoming, safe, and helpful. Our staff and volunteers are ready to assist families and individuals when they need help with a gap in their food supply.

What do I bring the first time I use the food market?
Bring: 1) A picture ID for yourself, 2) Proof of Address, and 3) Identification for any other household members. For any additional visits, you will only be asked for an ID for yourself as verification.

What is the Food Market process?
We have a walk-in choice model food market. This means that families are served first-come, first-serve and get to choose the food items they want, up to a certain limit based on household size. When a person comes to get food, they sign in at the food market desk, complete an intake to update our information and get connected with holistic resources, and then go shopping with a volunteer to pick out food.

English is not my first language. Do you have someone who speaks my language?
Our staff and interns speak over 10 languages, including: English, Spanish, Hmong, Lao, Thai, Karen, Burmese, Amharic, Tigrigna, Somali, Swahili, and more. If the correct language is not found, then we utilize over-the-phone translation services.

What do I do if I do not fit the eligibility requirements?
The Food Market can connect people with their local food shelves. Otherwise, call the Minnesota Food Helpline (1-888-711-1151) to find additional food resources or services in your area.

What types of food do you have?
Our food supply is always changing, as we receive new donations every day. Our selection usually includes fresh produce, bread, refrigerator and dairy items, canned and boxed foods, cultural foods, frozen meat, and staple items such as cooking oil.

Eligibility for the Food Market
The Food Market is free to qualifying participants who may visit the Food Market once a month.

To use the Food Market at the Wellstone Center, you must meet one of the three requirements listed below:’

To use the Francis Basket Food Market in the Highland Park neighborhood, you must meet one of the three requirements listed below:

SNAP Outreach
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formally known as Food Stamps) plays an important role in keeping children, adults, and seniors healthy by providing funds for basic food needs throughout the month. Our SNAP outreach worker, Danisa Farley, works to debunk myths about SNAP and reduce stigma for participants who need food assistance but don’t want a ‘hand out’. With our SNAP outreach worker, participants have support through every stage of the process, from eligibility screening to receiving an EBT card, to ensure that everything goes smoothly during their time of need. For more information, call our Family Center intake line: 651-793-7340.

NAPS Distribution Site
Wellstone Center is also a NAPS distribution site. NAPS (Nutritional Assistance Program for Seniors) is a monthly box of supplemental food commodities for people over age 60 and fit eligibility requirements. Seniors pick up their food box once per month, or can arrange for a home delivery if homebound. If you think you may be eligible or know someone who may require assistance, please contact Second Harvest Heartland: 651-484-8241.

Mass Produce Distribution
Mass Produce Distribution is a seasonal program (May-September) where we distribute large amounts of fresh produce to people and families in need. Distributions take place outside at 4 different Neighborhood House locations across Saint Paul (Wellstone Center, Francis Basket, John A Johnson Elementary, and Dayton’s Bluff Elementary). During each event, we distribute approximately 6,000-12,000lbs of food to 150-300 families… all in about 2 hours!

Food Donations or Volunteering
If you are interested donating food to one of our food markets, holding a food drive, or volunteering please contact Vanessa Edwards at email Vanessa or 651-789-2524

For information about how to get help with food for your family, call us at: 651-789-3630

For general information about Neighborhood House’s Food Support program, contact Song Xiong at email or 651-789-2539