NEW Location! 436 South 6th St., La Crescent (507) 895-1115
La Crescent Food Shelf
The La Crescent Food Shelf serves the needs of people in the Houston County area. Call us for more information! (507) 895-1115
** Temporary change through the end of May, due to school construction:
Wednesday: 3 - 5 PM (In June, we'll return to the normal 2 - 5 PM hours.)
Second Saturday of each Month: 9 AM - 12 PM
NEW: We are accepting phone and online pre-orders to customize the non-perishable items that we pack in a bag for you. See below for details!
Would you like more information, or to volunteer with us? Email us at: LaCrescentFoodShelf@gmail.com
La Crescent Food Shelf: (507) 895-1115
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Latest News and Updates
USDA "Farmers to Families" Food Boxes:
We have boxes this month (May 2021). Here are the dates and times of the upcoming distributions:
PHONE and ONLINE Pre-Orders!
We have started taking orders by phone or by an online form, if you would like to customize the non-perishable items in your bag of food. Those bags of food plus the weekly fresh choices ( produce, dairy, meat) can be picked up when we are open Wednesdays 3 - 5 PM and the 2nd Sat. of the month, 9 AM - Noon.
BY PHONE: orders can be placed Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 AM - 3 PM. Please note that orders can't be left by phone message, they must be placed with a volunteer over the phone during these hours. If you call and leave your phone number, we can call you back.
Phone Ordering: Call us at (507) 895-1115
ONLINE: should be made before Tuesday at Noon, to ensure it is ready for pickup on Wednesday.
Online ordering: bit.ly/foodshelforder
NOTE: You do not NEED to call or order online, you can still just drive up during our open hours and get a pre-packed bag of food, with fresh food options, as we have been doing since March 2020.
Farmers to Families Box Distribution this past year:
Each week we received about 120 boxes of food to distribute through the federal Farmers to Families program, and we distributed these boxes at 3:30 PM outside the Food Shelf. The box usually contained a mix of dairy, produce and meat. The intent of the USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program is to help farmers and families affected by the COVID19 Pandemic, and there are no income guidelines, anyone can come get a box of food!
This program is continuing in March, April and May of 2021.
We have moved again, to a location that will better serve both the visitors to the Food Shelf as well as the volunteers who help make our work possible.
Our new location is 436 South 6th St in La Crescent, the building that was formerly Pam's Hair Salon, near the La Crescent-Hokah Elementary School. We are so grateful to the School District for allowing us to rent this space.
THANK YOU to all who helped with painting, moving and cleaning, to get our new location ready for use! Thank you to Thrivent Financial for their Action Grant to offset paint costs!
We are so blessed to have had so many dedicated volunteers assisting us with our operations, and then with our big move to our new location. We had many volunteers helping paint the walls, and many more helping with the move of all our shelving and food. Montessori STEM School students helped with the move as well.
In May of 2018, we moved from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, to the HCP Center at 333 Main St., La Crescent.
In March of 2019, we switched from offering pre-bagged food, to a client choice style. Clients now choose the food items that they prefer and can use, with some limits, so we can share with all who are in need.
THANK YOU to all who helped walk with us in the Merchants Bank "Food Explosion" float in the King Apple Parade at Applefest!
We are filled with gratitude for the community donations of 309 pounds of food, and $2,331.16 in donations! Of course, we couldn't do this without the steadfast support of Merchants Bank, and we are so grateful for their matching gift of $1,000 - plus $700 in purchased foods. All in all, a roughly $4,500 value, which helps us meet the increasing needs we are seeing. THANK YOU!
History of the La Crescent Food Shelf
Our first food shelf was started by a La Crescent couple in the early 1970s as an effort to meet the needs of people that had a limited ability to provide for their daily nutritional needs. The couple worked from their home distributing food to people that would stop by. Finally it became too much for the couple to handle and so the local clergy decided to move the shelf to the local City Water Works where there was a storage shed. This arrangement lasted for only a brief period of time due to the difficulty of managing distribution from that location. The food shelf was moved to Prince of Peace Church in the 1980s.
With a few food drives and the support of businesses, the La Crescent Food Shelf was able to meet the basic needs of those that used it. People were able to use our shelf once a month and receive nutritionally balanced bags of food and at times some extras such as fresh produce from our community garden, farmers market and neighbors.
Volunteers began to label shelves and read codes to determine the age of the cans before the food was distributed. The volunteers packed the number of bags according to the size of the family being served and an effort was made to meet nutritional guidelines. Accessories such as soaps, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, Kleenex and toilet paper were also made available.
Our shelf serves all Houston county residents, though most of our clients live in La Crescent proper. In 1998 we served 300 people for the year; in 2012 we served 3000 people. About 40% of our clients are children. In past years, 65 volunteers alternated over a 12 week period and packed food for the people in need. Many of these same people as well as other volunteers came in to help sort, check dates and stack the shelves during the various food drives held in the community during the course of the year. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church staff members also helped during the course of the week by distributing food from the church office.
Today at the LA Crescent Food Shelf
Our community continues to support our food shelf over the years as the needs in our community increase. Private donations, and donations made at area churches help support us. Local organizations such as Boy and Girl Scout groups, the American Legion, La Crescent Rotary, Lions Club, area churches, the Letter Carriers Drive, Halloween Trick or Treat for Food, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train and the Rotary Lights are also significant contributors to keeping the shelf full. This is truly a community food shelf!
We are so thankful for the support of Our Partners:
We are a partner agency of Channel One Food Bank, and receive food bi-monthly, including USDA Commodity Foods from The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) to those who meet eligibility criteria.
We also receive rescue retail foods from area Kwik Trips through our partnership with Channel One.
We are a partner agency of The Hunger Task Force of La Crosse, receiving foods each week. This helps us round out our produce offerings and our rescue deli items, as well as dairy, meats and breads as available.
We are thankful to have support from both of these great organizations, as we are a town on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.