Food Resources

Baxter/ Brainerd:

Operation Sandwich: 

Follow Facebook page for current updates.

Facebook: @OperationSandwich

(218) 825-7682

The Outreach Program of the Brainerd Lakes:

Info on where meals are being distributed:

Facebook: @Outreachprogrambla


Soup Kitchen

Still operating, now doing take-out meals.

Facebook: @brainerdsoupkitchen

(218) 829-4203

Pequot Lakes Schools: Please contact your child’s school office with the full name of the student(s) requesting meals for planning purposes.

EV:  218-562-6100

MS:  218-568-9357

HS:  218-568-9210

Pine River Backus Schools: 


Food Shelves

Brainerd Lakes Salvation Army Food Shelf 

208 So 5th Street; Brainerd, MN

Tuesday – Friday; 9:30 am to 3:30 pm


Cuyuna Range Food Shelf

302 Cross Avenue; Crosby, MN

2nd & 3rd Wednesdays – 7:30 am – 9:30 am


Crosslake Emergency Food Shelf

34212 CR 3; Crosslake, MN

1st & 3rd Fridays – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Emily Area Food Shelf

20948 Co Rd #1; Emily, MN

3rd Wednesday – 9:30 – 11:00 am

3rd Thursday – 5:30 – 6:30 pm

1st Wednesday – 9:30 – 11:00 am – bread and produce only


Garrison Area Care Givers Food Shelf

9535 Madison Street; Garrison, MN

Tuesday & Thursday – 1 – 5:00 pm


First Baptist Church

Blessings Food Shelf

Pastor Wayne

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Call 218-838-9462

Crow Wing Counties Public Assistance Programs

For some the loss of income is the largest barrier to meeting their food needs. Those who are facing such circumstances can seek help from Crow Wing Counties Public Assistance Programs, including:

  • Cash assistance for families: MN Family Investment Program (MFIP) 218-824-1250
  • Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for food purchases for families and individuals 218-824-1250
  • General Assistance (GA): Cash Assistance for individuals over 18 with no children and with no or limited resources
  • Women Infants Children program (WIC) supplemental food and nutrition program low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women and children under age 5 who have a nutritional risk. 218-824-1073

Gina Heyer Community Health Manager CWC  218-824-1237

Karen Johnson CWE Community Health Specialist 218-828-7443

This does not represent a complete list of stores in Crow Wing County offering special shopping hours. Please contact your local grocery store or food retailer to verify.