Visiting the Food Markets
Wellstone Center Food Market
179 Robie Street E
St. Paul MN 55107
The Wellstone Center Food Market is returning to ALL in person shopping starting Monday, July 18th. Curbside pick-up will not be available after July 14th 2022. To shop in-person you will need to schedule an appointment ahead of time. Here are some important things to know:
- In-person shopping hours: Monday – Friday, 9-11:30 a.m. & 1-3:30 p.m.
- Appointments can be booked up to 48 hours in advance, but no sooner. Please note, appointments are limited and will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
- To make an appointment, please call 651-789-3602 between the hours of 9 a.m. –4 p.m., Monday – Friday. (We will begin scheduling appointments starting on Wednesday, July 13th.
- You are welcome to shop in-person one time per month for yourself and anyone in your household.
- You will be expected to complete a detailed intake with a Food Support staff member before you shop (no documentation necessary). Please expect your first visit to require more time than usual. For most, the intake process with take about 15-20 minutes. Subsequent visits will be shorter.
- We do not require ID and individuals from any zip code can visit the Food Market
- All staff and shoppers must wear a mask at all times. If you don’t have a mask, we will provide one.
The Francis Basket Food Market
1293 E Maynard Dr #410
St. Paul MN 55116
Hours: Mondays: 9-11:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Fridays: 9-11:30 a.m.; 1-3:30 p.m.
Our Francis Basket Food Market has a walk-up procedure. Please walk to the door and ring the doorbell and someone will help you.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
If interested in learning more about SNAP please contact SNAP Outreach Specialist, Paw Khee at (651) 789-2520 or email Paw.
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.
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.
Fresh Produce Pickups
Fresh Produce Pickups are a year-round program where we distribute large amounts of fresh produce to people and families in need. Summer distributions (July – October) take place outside at 5 different Neighborhood House locations across Saint Paul (Wellstone Center, Francis Basket, John A Johnson Elementary, and Dayton’s Bluff Elementary). Winter Distributions (November – May) take place at Metro State University Parking Ramp. During each event, we distribute approximately 6,000-12,000 pounds of food to 150-300 families… all in about 2 hours!
Please find details HERE.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement:
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
If you are interested donating food or in holding a food drive for one of our food markets please contact Tanika Fears at or 651.789.2513
If you are interested volunteering please email Shane Springer or call 651.789.2524