Food Programs

Swift County Food Shelf Fundraiser

BHS students Stacy Johnson and Taylor Samuelson are raising money for Prairie Five Community Action and the Swift County Food Shelf by selling t-shirts. 
The girls designed the t-shirts and had them printed locally at Legacy Printwear in Benson. 
All proceeds raised goes to the Swift County Food Shelf March Campaign Food Drive. 
Help today to keep the food shelf shelf’s full and ready to help families in need.

Home Sweet Home Minnesota T-Shirt
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Popular Minnesota  Sayings T-Shirt
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Prairie Five Food Shelves

We are grateful for the continued support that we receive from individuals, farmers, businesses, churches, civic and school groups.  100% of the proceeds that we raise by product, food, cash or checks go back to the people in these counties.  It is because of your support we are able to keep our shelves full of food and ready to help families through economic stress.

With a tax-deductible donation of $300, you can supply a family of four with a 3-day emergency supply of food once a month for a year. This is equivalent to only $25 a month. Your donation is a blessing to a family in need at our food shelves.

If you are in need and want to visit one of our food shelves the days and hours are listed by county.  You may use the food shelf 1 time per month and will receive a 3 day supply of food.

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Food Shelf Locations

Big Stone County

Big Stone Lake Area Food Shelf

125 2nd Street NW
Ortonville, MN 56278

Phone: 320-839-2111
Fax: 844-273-1728
OPEN:

  • Wednesdays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Yellow Medicine County

Canby Food Shelf

106 St Olaf Ave N
Canby, MN 56220

Phone: 507-223-5471
Fax: 844-273-1427 
OPEN:

  • Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 4:15 pm

Chippewa County

Chippewa County Food Shelf

719 North 7th St Suite 302 
PO BOX 159 
Montevideo, MN 56265

Phone: 320-269-6578
Fax: 320-269-6570
OPEN:

  • Monday: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00 am – 11:30 am & 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Friday: 10:00 am – 11:30 am & 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Clara City Satellite Food Shelf

Bethany Reformed Church
222 North Main Street
Clara City, MN 56222

Phone:  320-847-3322
OPEN:

  • Tuesday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Swift County

Swift County Food Shelf

640 Atlantic Ave E Hwy 12 
PO Box 321 
Benson, MN 56215

Phone:  320-842-8565
Fax:  844-273-1975
OPEN:

  • Monday – Friday: 9am – 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Appleton Satellite Food Shelf

Zion Lutheran Church 
23 E Rooney Ave 
Appleton, MN 56208

Phone:  320-289-2216
OPEN:

  • Tuesday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Ways to Get Involved

Donate Items

We accept donations during our regular business hours of cash or food.

Donate Time

Have extra time? Would you like to get out and meet new people? We’re always looking for people willing to help out at the food shelf. Any amount of time is helpful.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Customer Service
  • Light Cleaning
  • Putting away Donations
  • Organizing Shelves of Food
  • Packing Food Boxes

If you are interested in volunteering, please stop by during office hours or give us a call at the food shelf.

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SNAP – The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a county-run, state-supervised Federal program that helps Minnesotans with low incomes get the food they need for sound nutrition and well-balanced meals. The program issues electronic food support benefits that can help stretch your household food budget.

Program Requirements:

SNAP eligibility depends on your household’s income. Households with an income at or below 165 percent of the Federal poverty level will not have an asset limit. County human services agencies accept client applications, determine eligibility and determine benefit levels in accordance with state and Federal regulations. SNAP is available in all 87 Minnesota counties.

Application Process:

To apply for SNAP, contact your county human services agency or call our office at 320-269-6578 for more information.

You may also call the hotline at 651-431-4050 in the Twin Cities metro area or 1-800-657-3698 outside the metro area to find out what county you live in and where to apply for SNAP. For Teletypewriter (TTY) service, call the Minnesota Relay at 711 or 1-800-627-3529.

Online Application
SNAP Flyer - Call 1-320-269-6578

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Food Assistance

Prairie Five Meals

The Prairie Five Meals Program serves 24 communities with Congregate Dining and Home Delivered and Frozen Meals. Frozen Meals are available for weekend, holiday, emergency and rural delivery. The Program promotes health and independent living in the senior population through improved nutrition and reduction of social isolation.

Learn about Prairie Five Meals

SNAP – The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a county-run, state-supervised Federal program that helps Minnesotans with low incomes get the food they need for sound nutrition and well-balanced meals. The program issues electronic food support benefits that can help stretch your household food budget.

Learn about SNAP

NAPS – Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors

Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) is the Minnesota name for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). This program is designed to provide healthy and nutritious food products each month at no cost to eligible individuals over the age of 60.

Learn about NAPS

NAPS – Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors

Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) is the Minnesota name for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). This program is designed to provide healthy and nutritious food products each month at no cost to eligible individuals over the age of 60.

NAPS participants receive a monthly food package containing the following items:

  • Canned fruits (in water or juice)
  • Vegetables (low sodium or no salt added)
  • 100% juices (no added sugar)
  • Nonfat dry and shelf stable low-fat milk, low-fat American cheese
  • Canned meat, chicken or fish and peanut butter or dry beans
  • Cereal, and rice or pasta

Eligibility

  • Minnesotans over age 60 and are within the income guidelines listed on http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/csfp/index.html
  • Eligible individuals must prepare their own meals and cannot live in a facility that provides meals.
  • Disability status is not an eligibility factor for the NAPS program.

Additional Information

  • Qualifying participants must be low-income Minnesota residents at 130% poverty level
  • Eligible clients are required to provide recently postmarked mail with name and address, knowledge of current gross monthly household income, and picture ID.

Application Instructions

Inquire about registration for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program through Second Harvest Heartland. Additional CSFP satellite distribution centers are located at more than 200 other sites throughout Minnesota.

If you think you may be eligible for CSFP or know someone who may require assistance, please call (651) 484-8241 or toll free at (800) 365-0270 for more information.

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Prairie Five Meals

The Prairie Five Meals Program serves 24 communities with Congregate Dining and Home Delivered and Frozen Meals. Frozen Meals are available for weekend, holiday, emergency and rural delivery. The Program promotes health and independent living in the senior population through improved nutrition and reduction of social isolation.

P5 meals
Learn about Prairie Five Meals