The Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf and Clothing Closet operate on a client-choice model and strive to assist families in achieving self-sufficiency and empowerment through providing basic needs of food and clothing.
- The Food Shelf Client Area serves residents from three zip codes, primarily in and around the Summit-University neighborhood.
- The Food Shelf Community Area serves residents from nineteen zip codes, primarily in and around the Twin Cities metro area.
- The Clothing Closet provides free clothing and small household items for families in the Twin Cities metro area.
- Both programs also administer a broad range of emergency, referral and other support services.
Tuesday – Thursday 9:00am -5:00pm
Clothing Closet hours MWF: 11:00am-3:00pm
The wide variety of items included dry goods, canned items, fresh produce, bread, personal hygiene products, pet food, and culturally specific foods donated by partner stores. In addition, the Food Shelf provided specialty food baskets to hundreds of families through the year-end holiday season.
Approximately half the food given out in 2017 was acquired through donation. Outstanding partnerships with partner groceries, farmers and community members ensured that the Food Shelf provided very nutritious offerings, fully 70% better than a recent study average of peer organizations. Strides were also made in 2017 sourcing culturally specific foods so that all families may obtain what they sought. The growth trend in Basic Needs wraparound services such as the Clothing Closet and holiday toy offerings continued, setting a record in 2017.
- Launched gardening initiative last summer with 5, 3×3 raised garden beds through the “Garden in a Box” grant from the MN Horticultural Society. We partnered with a small local company called Edible Landscapes who guided us through our first year of gardening, realizing a bountiful harvest including tomatoes, green peas, carrots, sweet peppers, collards greens and strawberries. This harvest supplemented the fresh produce in the Food Shelf throughout the summer. ELC students were involved and were taught math and science concepts, how to care for loving plants, and what to do with the harvest.
What Makes Hallie’s Food Shelf Unique?
- Hallie Q. Brown offers a client-choice model, where community members can pick the items they will use instead of being handed a stock bag which may contain items that do not meet their dietary or cultural needs.
- In addition to our staple pantry, we offer an additional area featuring fresh produce, bread and other donated items from local grocery stores. This area is open both to Hallie Q. Brown clients and to the entire community, and clients can visit as many times as needed each month.
- Hallie Q. offers—or partners with other agencies to offer– multiple additional on-site programs for clients, including a sliding-fee rate Early Learning Center, a free clothing closet, Prepare and Prosper tax services, Project Cheer music lessons for children, and Fare for All.
- Recognizing that many food shelf clients have work or childcare obligations during daytime hours, we are open one evening a week to better accommodate busy schedules.
- Our exceptional food shelf volunteers contributed over 3,000 hours of service last year, contributing an estimated $70,000 value to the organization while ensuring clients had a positive shopping experience.
Services in 2017
18,677 individuals served
8,102 households served
560,310 pounds of food served in the client area
26,784 individuals served
10,893 households served
145,545 pounds of food served in the community area
500 = (300 Thanksgiving / 200 Winter Holiday)
12,500 pounds of food given in holiday baskets
Total pounds of food served in food shelf = 718,355
Donations of non-perishable food items and gently used clothing or household items are accepted during business hours at Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. We appreciate your generosity in helping our community members in need.