News and Updates

2022 Summary:

December News:

November News:

October Events: Home Federal Drive, Hunger Walk, and Trick-or-Treat For Food

September Events: Applefest King Apple Parade - Merchants Bank float & Mark Miller's Car Show

Thank you to all who helped to "Give a Buck To The Food Shelf Truck!" in this year's parade - we raised $2,082, and Merchants Bank will match that with $1,000. We also collected 65 lbs of food donations along the route.  We truly appreciate the generous support from our community and Merchants Bank, and also a huge thank you to Merchants Bank staff, Food Shelf volunteers, and the Caledonia Robotics team and their 2 robots, for walking & rolling in the parade collecting funds!

We're also very grateful for Mark Miller and all who helped with the Apple Harvest Car Show, they collected 266 lbs of food donations for us at their event!

These donations of funds and food help us keep our shelves filled!

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.

436 South 6th St. La Crscent, MN

Wednesdays 1 - 5 PM
Thursdays 2 - 6 PM
2nd Saturday of the month
9 AM - Noon

Call us:
(507) 895-1115

Visit us today to access fresh and nutritious food for you and your loved ones.

Help is available for those who need it, no questions asked. 

Together, we can make a difference!

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.

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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!

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.

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