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 serves residents of the Summit-University neighborhood, with an additional donation area open to residents from across the Twin Cities metro.
- 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.
Early this year we received a touching letter from a Hallie Q. Brown food shelf client expressing their appreciation for our basic needs services.
“I have been receiving food from the Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf and clothing, kitchenware and books from the Clothing Closet,” the client wrote. “These items have kept me alive physically and mentally.”
The client went on to thank the staff and volunteers whose “work has been another essential factor that has kept me alive.”
We are proud that our basic needs programs not only provide food and clothing for community members in need, but also that our staff and volunteers lift spirits and provide respectful, emotional support to our many clients.
- Food Shelf is open Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-6:00pm and Friday until 4:00pm
- Clothing Closet hours vary; please call ahead
- Fresh produce and bread available daily
- Pet food and personal hygiene products available as donations allow
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.
- We are the only food shelf in St. Paul to also offer pet food to clients.
- 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 2015
- Received over 14,000 visits to the food shelf and distributed 312,000 pounds of food
- Provided 325 holiday meal baskets for neighborhood families
- Provided holiday toys for 560 families through Toys for Tots and Hallie’s Toy Shop Programs
- Hosted annual coat giveaway and back-to-school supply giveaway
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.