Eat Well

Eating a balanced diet is a powerful first step to health and wellbeing. Go Anoka County wants to make choosing and preparing healthful foods a simple process for you. Listed below is information on organizations offering food in Anoka County. 

Looking to increase your cooking skills? Check out our "Cooking Skills" playlist on YouTube created in partnership with UMN Extension.

Interested in some simple, tasty recipe videos? Check out our "Recipes" playlist on YouTube created in partnership with UMN Extension.

Check out MyPlate, a food guidance system to help you plan a healthy diet. It includes many useful resources, including tools for assessing your food intake and physical activity.

If you're looking for recipes and cooking tips/demonstrations for yourself or to share with others, the University of Minnesota Extension' Real Life, Good Food site has lots of FREE content and resources.

The American Heart Association also has a new movement called Healthy for Good, which shares tips and resources for nutrition, physical activity, and mental well-being.

Printable Fruit and Vegetable Fact Sheets

Food Resource Guides

Anoka County Food Resources

Hunger Solutions MN
Offers a variety of resources for individuals and families seeking food resources. The Minnesota Food Help Line assesses your individual/family situation and provides solutions to your food needs. Call 1-888-711-1151 to be connected with resources and/or receive assistance registering for SNAP/WIC. Help Line hours are Monday - Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Anoka County Economic Assistance
SNAP/Food Assistance and help getting enough food to eat. Eligibility requirements apply. Call the EZ Info Line at 763-422-7200.

Community Meals
Community meals hosted at various locations around the county available to everyone.

Fare For All
The Food Group's cooperative purchasing program that offers affordable groceries, including fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat, for up to 40% off retail prices. Fare for All has 38 locations throughout Minnesota where food packages are sold once per month. No registration required. They accept credit, cash, debit, or SNAP/EBT for payment. Call 763-450-3880 for more information or visit their website to sign up for email reminders. 

Farmers Markets
Seasonal markets from around the county to purchase fresh, and locally produced food and gifts.

Food Shelves
Food Shelf options are available for Anoka County residents in need.

Meals on Wheels
Hot meals prepared for those 60 years of age and older.

Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS)
Eligible seniors (60+) receive a box of USDA commodity shelf stable foods including canned fruits, vegetables, meat, and grains. Call 651-484-8241 for eligibility and to find a location.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Healthy food, nutrition counseling, and breastfeeding support for pregnant/post-partum women, infants, and children ages 0-5 years. Peer breastfeeding counselors are available to provide support. Call the Anoka County WIC program at 763-324-4230, Monday - Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm. Can also text AnokaWIC to 61222 to determine eligibility. 

Breastfeeding Support

New mothers often need good information to get started and keep going. Mothers also need support from their employer, health care providers, schools and child care providers if they are to be successful.

Find out more about gaining breastfeeding support.