Hunger Relief Services (Food Shelves)
People you’d never expect are hungry - including 1 in 5 children. As the largest distributor of food in East Central Minnesota, Family Pathways helps those who do not have enough to eat. We are the safety net they depend on.
Family Pathways Hunger Relief (Food Shelf) Locations
Help is available short term or on-going once per month
Fresh produce is available weekly
Client choice shopping means people shop for what their family needs and can use
Appointments are recommended. Walk-ins are welcome
Requested – adults are asked to bring a piece of current mail and a photo ID
1-2-1 meetings allow staff to offer referral services to other eligible services
Did you know the food pyramid is now a plate?
This plate takes the guesswork out of what to eat and is an easy ‘how-to’ for making good food choices. The new symbol for healthy eating replaces the food pyramid and is divided into the basic food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and a small side of dairy. The design is very straightforward and a reminder to focus on eating a healthy balance.
Mobile Food Truck
Multiple community locations that operate similar to the food shelves
Available for people with transportation issues
Same client choice shopping and staff/volunteer support as food shelves
School Back Pack Program
This program provides eligible children in participating schools with a bag of food containing breakfast items, lunches, two snacks, fruit and vegetables. The meals help kids get through the weekend and back to the free breakfast and lunch program at school on Monday. Family Pathways works with partner churches and parent volunteer groups to pack and distribute the bags. The goal of this school year program is to help promote school attendance, academic performance and the improved feelings of children’s self-worth.