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CES Needs List

Click here to see a listing of needs that you may be able to help supply.


  • Hygiene supplies
  • Paper grocery bags with handles

Drop off at CES - 1900 11th Avenue S. 


Food is, of course, the main ongoing aspect of CES. Food donations and/or funds to buy food are always welcome. Through our partnerships with The Food Group and Second Harvest Heartland, your dollar stretches 10-20 times farther when we purchase food through these food banks.

Donation Drop Offs:

CES is open Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm. We prefer to accept donations between the hours of 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 our Reception Coordinator, Alyssa Martinson, at amartinson@cesmn.org.

Food Items:

  • Olive oil and vegetable oil
  • Flour, sugar – 4# bags or smaller
  • Soups with meat (beef of chicken)
  • Chili with meat
  • Canned chicken, tuna or salmon
  • Canned fruit
  • White Rice
  • Canned white hominy
  • Diced tomatoes (plain)
  • Coffee in small bags
  • Instant Oatmeal packets
  • Jelly and jam
  • Peanut butter
  • Sliced bread


  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Bar soap
  • Shampoo, conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Maxi-pads
  • Toilet paper, facial tissues
  • Dish soap - small bottles
  • Laundry soap (pods or small bottles

Pet Needs

  • Pet food for dogs or cats
  • Kitty litter

We do not accept:

  • Extra-large or bulk-sized food
  • Due to food safety regulations, we are unable to accept perishable items such as meat, eggs, dairy, frozen meals, or deli foods unless it is from a licensed business.
    ◦ We DO accept fruits, vegetables and bread.
  • Opened packages or partially used food items
  • Expired foods
  • Homemade foods or baked goods

For questions or more information about our current food and hygiene needs, please contact Emily Ralph, Food Shelf Program Manager, at eralph@cesmn.org.

Interested in hosting a CES food drive in your neighborhood, church, or business?

Please contact Chris Nelson, Director of Development, cnelson@cesmn.org

Community Emergency Service | 1900 11th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404 | 612-870-1125 | ces@cesmn.org | www.cesmn.org

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