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


Family Pathways Food Shelves help feed those in need throughout the Minnesota counties of Chisago, Isanti, Pine, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and the Wisconsin county of St. Croix.Food Shelves

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 however, walk-ins are welcome
Optional referral to other eligible services is available


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 well-balanced diet.


My Plate

Family Pathways brings food throughout the Chisago, Pine, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Isanti Counties in Minnesota.Mobile Food Truck

Multiple community locations that operate similarly to the food shelves

Available for people with transportation issues

Same client choice shopping and staff/volunteer support as food shelves



Mobile Food Truck Schedule

Back to school programs help youth with bag lunches throughout Chisago, Isanti, Mille Lacs, Pine, and Kanabec counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin.School Back Pack Program

This program provides eligible children in participating schools throughout East Central Minnesota 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 years program is to help promote school attendance, academic performance, and to improve children's feelings of self-worth. 

Resources are available to assist the hungry throughout the Minnesota and Wisconsin Counties of Pine, Isanti, Kanabec, Chisago, Mille Lacs, and St. Croix.Resources

We provide assistance to other supplemental programs such as NAPS, SNAP (food stamps), school free & reduced lunch program, and other community based referrals.

FREE SUMMER LUNCH programs for kids

Summer Food & Fun Cookbook for Kids