Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have modified our operations to follow the State of Minnesota and the Center for Disease Control guidelines.
We are not able to allow clients and community members to shop for themselves in our food shelf; however, we will provide a personal shopper to shop for you based upon your requests. You can still make an appointment via phone, or you may use the Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf Request Form we will fill your requests and have your order ready for curbside pick up or delivery. Delivery priority is given to seniors and health-related homebound persons).
At this time, services are accessible by afternoon appointments only. Please call (651) 224-4607.
Donation drop-off hours are Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. If you are dropping off a donation, please do not come into the building. Instead, CALL AHEAD: (651) 224-4607.
THE CLOTHING CLOSET IS CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS UNTIL FUTURE NOTICE. At this time, we cannot accept any of your kind donations for our Clothing Closet. Please check back as we will update this page when possible.
The Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf operates on a client-choice model and strives to assist families in achieving self-sufficiency and empowerment through providing basic needs of food and clothing.
The wide variety of items available at the Food Shelf include dry goods, canned items, fresh produce, bread, personal hygiene products, pet food, and culturally specific foods donated by partners.
Approximately three quarters of the food distributed in 2020 was donated.
Outstanding partnerships continue to ensure that the Food Shelf provides very nutritious offerings.
The growth trend in Basic Needs wraparound services such as the Clothing Closet and holiday toy offerings continued, setting a record in 2020.
- In 2021, we look forward to a brand new gardening season and hope for a bountiful harvest of tomatoes, green peas, carrots, sweet peppers, collared greens, and strawberries to supplement the Food Shelf’s fresh produce offerings and teach ELC students math, science, and gardening concepts.
- We served an additional 16 zip codes throughout 2020, including the historical Rondo (Summit-University) and Frogtown neighborhoods (compared to 3 zip codes in 2019).
What Makes Hallie’s Food Shelf Unique?
- We offer 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 fresh produce and bread.
- Strides were made in 2020 in sourcing culturally-specific foods so that all families may obtain what they seek.
Services in 2020
50,000+ clients served in our community (compared to 28,000 in 2019).
Over 1 million pounds of food served in our Food Shelf (compared to 864,161 lbs in 2019).
3,300+ holiday baskets distributed in November and December 2020 (compared to 500 in 2019).