Donate Food

Donations are accepted Monday – Friday between 9am – 12pm.
Please use the call box to the left of the front glass doors and someone will assist you.

For donations of 20 or more grocery bags, we ask that you set-up a drop-off appointment by calling 612-870-1125 or by emailing Emily Ralph at eralph@cesmn.org.

The CES Food Shelf strives to provide equitable access to healthy and familiar foods to the diverse communities that we serve. Each family’s food needs are different, and our goal is to provide varieties that best meet those needs, including culturally universal and culturally specific food options. 

We rely on food donations from individuals, faith-communities, businesses and schools, along with financial donations and grant funding, to help stock our shelves with culturally connected foods each week. While traditional food donations of the past helped provide shelf-stable goods to families in need for a time, the changing landscape of food needs and desires is calling us to a new approach. 

Please consider partnering with us in giving intentionally from the following categories:

Culturally-Universal Foods
Foods that meet the needs of most of our neighbors

Cooking oils: vegetable, olive
Sugar (2 lb bags)
Flour (2 lb bags)
Ground Coffee (small bags)
– Regular Black Tea
White Rice
– Canned Peas and Canned Carrots
Canned Tuna and Sardines
Peanut Butter
Sliced Bread
Spices: Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Chilli Powder

Culturally-Specific Foods
Foods that meet the needs of many of our Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) visitors, including many of our immigrant neighbors from East Africa, West Africa, Latin America, and South East Asia

Dry Lentils
Dry Black Beans
Dry Black-Eyed Peas
– Dry Great Northern Beans
Diced Tomatoes (plain)
Canned Hominy
Maseca Flour
Fish Sauce
Rice Noodles
Spices: Cumin, Turmeric, Ginger, Curry Powder

High-Request Items
Popular foods requested by our neighbors and many of our Home Delivery recipients:

Strawberry Jelly
Meat Chilis and Beef Stews
Ramen Noodles
Instant Oatmeal
– Honey
– Crackers (Ritz, Saltines)
– Campbell’s Chunky Soups
– Jar Pasta Sauce
Shelf-stable Coconut and Almond Milk 

Items we are not able to accept
Extra-large cans or bulk-sized foods
Opened packages or partially used foods
Expired food
Homemade foods or baked goods

Due to food safety regulations, we are unable to accept perishable items such as meat, eggs, dairy, frozen meals, or deli foods unless they are from a licensed business. We DO, however, accept fruits, vegetables, and bread