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

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  1. Community Meals

    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.

    Multiple organizations around Anoka County provide free community meals to individuals and families throughout the year. A calendar of all the community meals offered at areas churches can be found on the "Community Free Food Calendar", or by calling (612) 998-1014.

    Anoka County Organizations that serve free community meals:

    Faith Lutheran Church
    Faith Lutheran Church Website
    11115 Hanson Boulevard NW, Coon Rapids
    763-755-3530
    First Thursday of the Month
    First Lutheran Church
    First Lutheran Church Website
    1555 40th Avenue NE, Columbia Heights
    763-788-9653
    Sundays, 11:00 - 12:30 p.m.
    Fridley United Methodist Church
    Fridley United Methodist Church Website
    680 Mississippi St NE, Fridley
    763-571-1526
    Fourth Saturday of the month, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Grace Lutheran Church
    Grace Lutheran Church Website
    13655 Round Lake Boulevard, Andover
    763-421-6520
    Third Sunday of the month
    Glen Cary Lutheran Church
    15531 Central Avenue NE, Ham Lake
    763-434-5695
    Second Friday, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    Mount Olive Lutheran Church
    700 Western St, Anoka
    763-421-3223
    Every Wednesday, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
    Redeemer Lutheran Church
    61 Mississippi Way NE, Fridley
    763-574-7445
    Third Monday, 5:45 - 6:30 p.m.
    St. Philip’s Lutheran Church
    St. Philip's Lutheran Church Website
    6180 Hwy 65 NE, Fridley
    763-571-1500
    Wednesdays, 5:15 - 6:00 p.m.
    Currently curbside pickup only
    St. Stephen's Catholic Church
    525 Jackson Street, Anoka
    763-421-2471
    Third Saturday of the month, 5:45 - 6:30 p.m.
    St. Timothy Lutheran Church
    St. Timothy Lutheran Church Website
    825 51st Avenue NE, Columbia Heights
    763-571-9721
    Second Tuesday, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    Currently drive-thru pick-up only
    Unity North Spiritual Center
    Unity North Spiritual Center Website
    11499 Martin St NW, Coon Rapids
    763-754-6489
    Fourth Thursday, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. (Jan.- Oct. only; no meals Nov.-Dec.) Currently drive-thru pick-up only

  2. Farmers Markets

    Anoka County is home to over eighteen options for people to purchase locally grown produce. Market and farms operation hours are subject to change depending on season and weather conditions. Questions about the markets should be directed to those individual locations.

    Did you know you can TRIPLE your SNAP/EBT at participating farmers markets with Market Bucks? Click here for more information. 

    Nutrition Resources Accepted At:



    SNAP/EBT Cards
    Andover Farmers Market
    Blaine Farmers Market (Saturday only)

    Minnesota Fresh Farm

    New Life Ramsey Farmers Market
     
    Farmers Market Nutrition Program 

    Andover Farmers Market 

    Anoka Farmers Market
    Andover Farmers Market 

    Blaine Farmers Market
    Coon Rapids Farmers Market

     

    The Farmers' Market Nutrition Program runs from June 15 – October 31 each year.

    The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program runs from July 1 – October 31 each year.

    Andover Farmers Market
    Operated by the St. Paul Farmers Market at
    Grace Lutheran Church
    13655 Round Lake Blvd. NW

    Andover, MN 55034
    (651) 227-8101
    Market Schedule: Tuesdays, 2:00pm – 6:00pm

    Market Season: May 2nd - October 31st, 2023

    EBT accepted and WIC accepted by some venders


    Ham Lake Farmers & Artisan Market
    Mickman Brothers Parking Lot
    14630 Highway 65 NE

    Ham Lake, MN 55304

    Market Schedule: Wednesdays, 3:00pm – 7:00 pm
    Market Season: June 21st- September 27th, 2023


    Anoka Farmers Market on the Rum
    Riverfront Memorial Parking Lot

    2201 2nd Avenue

    Anoka, MN 55303
     (763) 576-2980
    Market Schedule: Wednesdays, 3:00pm – 7:00 pm
    Market Season: June 21st- September 27th, 2023

    Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) and Senior FMNP can be used at authorized vendors


    Lexington Farmers Market 
    Behind the Lexington Municipal Liquor Store

    4139 Woodland Rd.

    Lexington, MN 55014
    (612) 272-3386

    Market Schedule: Wednesdays, 3:00pm – 7:00 pm
    Market Season: June 14th- October 4th, 2023


    Blaine Farmers Market
    Anoka County Growers Association
    St. Timothy Church707 89th Ave. NE

    Blaine, MN 55434

    Market Schedule: Saturdays, 8:00am – 12:00pm / Tuesdays, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
    Market Season: Saturdays starting June 17th, 2023 / Tuesdays starting June 20th, 2023
    EBT accepted Saturday only, Farmers Market Nutrition Program can be used at authorized vendors


    Minnesota Fresh Farm 
    20241 Hwy 66

    East Bethel, MN 55011

    (612) 735-5459

    Market Schedule: Tuesdays-Sundays, 10:00am – 6:00 pm
    **Thursdays until 7:00pm
    Market Season: Currently open

    EBT accepted



    Centerville Main Street Market
     Next to Centerville Elementary School

    1721 Westview St.
    Centerville, MN 55038
    (651) 792-7933

    Market Schedule: Thursdays, 5:30pm – 7:30 pm
    Market Season: July 6th- August 10th, 2023


    New Life Ramsey Farmers Market
    In front of Fairway Liquors

    5900 167th Ave NW

    Ramsey, MN 55303
    (612) 205-5250
    Market Schedule: Saturdays, 9:00am – 1:00pm
    Market Season: May 20th – September 9th, 2023

    EBT accepted

    Coon Rapids Farmers Market 
    Anoka County Growers Association
    Coon Rapids Ice Arena
    11000 Crooked Lake Blvd.

    Coon Rapids, MN 55433

    Market Schedule: Wednesdays, 3:00pm – 6:00 pm
    Market Season: Starting June 21st, 2023
    Farmers Market Nutrition Program accepted at authorized vendors


    Nowthen Farmers Market 
    NW Corner of Nowthen Blvd & Viking Rd.

    Nowthen, MN 55330
    (612) 581-6873

    Market Schedule: Thursdays, 3:00pm – 7:00 pm
    Market Season: July 15th- September 21st, 2023

    **Special Final Farmers Market at Nowthen Heritage Festival – Saturday, September 23rd, 2023 at Nowthen Memorial Park**



  3. Food Shelves

    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.

    Listed below are food shelves and food distribution sites available to Anoka County residents. Food shelf and Manna Market operating hours, along with communities served, are subject to change. Please direct all questions about food shelf operations to the individual food shelf. 

    Anoka County Food Shelves

    ACBC Food Shelf
    2615 9th Avenue North Anoka, MN 55303
    (763) 422-0046
    Anoka Covenant Church
    752 Grant Street, Anoka, MN 55303
    (763) 421-5194
    Serving residents of Anoka County, but all are welcome
    Blaine United Methodist Church
    621 115th Avenue NE, Blaine, MN 55434
    (763) 757-2170
    All are welcome
    Centennial Community Food Shelf
    200 Civic Heights Circle, Circle Pines, MN 55014
    (651) 763-2013
    Coon Rapids United Methodist Church - 
    Matthew 25 Food Distribution

    10506 Hanson Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
    763-755-6990
    All are welcome
    Grace Evangelical Free Church
    755 73rd Avenue NE, Fridley, MN 55432
    (763) 784-7199
    Must register in-person before distribution 
    Grace Lutheran Church
    13655 Round Lake Blvd, Andover, MN 55304
    (763) 421-6520
    Serving the communities of Anoka and East Bethel.
    Hope for the Community
    1264 109th Avenue NE, Blaine, MN 55434
    (763) 757-4266
    No boundaries or restrictions, all are welcome. 
    Additional locations for community college students are located at Anoka Technical College and Normandale College.
    Islamic Center of Minnesota
    1401 Gardena Ave NE, Fridley, MN 55432
    (763) 571-5604
    No boundaries and no restrictions, all are welcome. Pre-registration is recommended for new clients (available Saturday - Thursday). During Ramadan the food-shelf is open every Sunday from 11:00am to 1:30pm.
    Harbor Food Shelf at Faith Lutheran Church
    11115 Hanson Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
    (763) 755-3530
    No pre-registration at this time.
    Serving the Coon Rapids community, but all are welcome.
    Manna Market at Fridley Covenant Church
    6390 University Ave. NE, Fridley, MN 55432
    (612) 440-3386
    Drive-thru only.
    Serving the communities of Fridley, Columbia Heights, Hilltop, and Spring Lake Park
    Manna Market at Linwood Covenant Church Manna Market
    6565 Viking Blvd. NE Wyoming, MN 55092 
    (651) 464-1986
    Drive-thru only, register in car line.
    Serving the communities of Linwood, Columbus, Stacy, Wyoming, Forest Lake, and East Bethel
    Manna Market at Substance Church 
    8299 Central Ave NE, Spring Lake Park, MN 55432
    (763) 205-1035
    Serving all Anoka County residents
    Manna Market at Trinity Lutheran Church
    3812 229th Ave NW St Francis, MN 55070
    (763) 753-1234
    Community borders temporarily lifted due to COVID, all are welcome
    Muslim American Society Minnesota (MAS MN)
    12175 Aberdeen St. NE, Blaine, MN 55449
    (612) 412-1425
     New clients must bring a driver’s license or other ID and request to fill out an application. 
    New Life Church
    17261 St. Francis Blvd NW, Ramsey, MN 55303
    (763) 421-0166
    North Anoka County Emergency (NACE) Food Shelf
    18511 Hwy 65 NE, Suites 100 and 200 East Bethel, MN 55011
    (763) 434-7685
    Serving the communities of Bethel, Cedar, East Bethel, Ham Lake, Linwood Township, Oak Grove, St. Francis, and Wyoming, but all are welcome
    St. Philip's Clothing and Food Shelf
    St. Philip's Lutheran Church
    6180 Hwy 65 NE, Fridley, MN 55432
    (763) 571-1500
    No boundaries  or restrictions, all are welcome.
    The Salvation Army Food Shelf

    1201 89th Ave NE #130, Blaine, MN 55434

    (763) 755-6873

    By appointment only, please call ahead.

    Same day appointments may not be available.

    Serving the communities within Anoka County

    Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA)
    627 38th Ave NE Columbia Heights, MN 55421
    (763) 789-2444
    Call ahead to make an appointment for the food shelf. Curbside pick-up available - must call ahead and make an appointment/select items for pick-up.
    Delivery service available for home-bound seniors and people with disabilities.
    Serving the communities of Columbia Heights, Hilltop, Fridley, Spring Lake Park, and Northeast, but all are welcome
    Way of the Lord Church
    804 131st Avenue NE, Blaine, MN 55434
    (763) 755-4800
    Serving all of Anoka County
     


  4. Local Farms

    Anoka County is home to many options for people to purchase locally grown produce. Market and farms operation hours are subject to change depending on season and weather conditions. Questions about the farms should be directed to those individual locations.

    Information on farmer's markets located in Anoka County can be found here.

    Local Anoka County Farms

    All Good Organics
    6657 Centerville Rd, Lino Lakes 55038
    (612) 325-2749
    Daily 7 AM to 7 PM
    Anoka Berry Hill Farm
    6510 185th Ave. NW, 55303
    (763) 753-5891
    Check Facebook for updates
    Covered Bridge Farm
    18655 Forest Blvd N, Forest Lake
    (651) 464-0735
    Starting Sept 1st
    Ed Fields & Sons
    15421 Round Lake Blvd, Andover
    Monday - Friday 8:00 - 5:00 pm
    Saturday 8:00 - 1:00 pm
    Eveland Family Farm
    2575 Andover Blvd.
    (612) 325-5137
    October
    Monday - Friday 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Tuesday, "Senior Day", 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Saturday - Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    East Bethel MN Fresh Farm
    20241 Hwy 65, East Bethel, MN 55011
    (612) 735-5459
    Opens May 3rd
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    SNAP/EBT accepted
    Nowthen Berries
    21121 Nowthen Blvd NW, Nowthen
    (763) 843-5793 or (763) 843-5792
    Starting in June
    Call or check Facebook
    Packer Family Farms
    16029 Round Lake Blvd NW
    (763) 913-6061
    9:30 am - 7:00 pm
    Sept. 30 - Oct. 31
    Pearson Family Farm
    8446 Hwy 10 NW, Ramsey
    (763) 670-8995
    September - October (check Facebook or website)
    Remick's Orchard
    18978 Lake George Blvd NW, Oak Grove
    (612) 240-3355
    August 19 - Oct. 24, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Please visit website or call for current hours
    Tamblyn's Farm and Greenhouse
    12730 Lever St NE, Blaine
    (763) 795-9366
    Opens in April with extended hours
    Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Thompson Produce
    8636 201st Ave NW, Nowthen
    (763) 360-5377
    Saturdays, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Waldoch Farms
    8174 Lake Dr, Lino Lakes, MN 55014
    (651) 780-1207
    Monday, Wednesday - Friday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Opens April 7th

  5. Meals on Wheels

    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.

    Impact Services Meals on Wheels

    763-236-8718
    Meals served at lunchtime for seniors, pregnant women on bedrest, people on short-term medical rest, and people with disabilities or medical conditions. Serving all of Anoka County.

  6. Youth Nutrition Resources

    School districts around the county offer programs for students of all ages to access quality nutrition both in and out of the classroom. Find out which programs are available in your district below.

    All questions related to a youth nutrition program should be sent directly to that location.

    The following website can be used to identify which school district a child is within. School District Identifier

    Available Food Resources by School District

    Anoka/Hennepin School District
    Offerings: Free and Reduced Lunch, Menus, Lunch Prices, Online Meal Payments, Nutrition Information, and Summer Food Service Program

    Centennial School District
    Offerings: Free and Reduced Lunch, Menus, Lunch Prices, Online Meal Payments, Nutrition Information, and Summer Food Service Program

    Columbia Heights Public Schools 
    Offerings: Free and Reduced Lunch, Menus, Online Meal Payments, and Nutrition Resources

    Elk River Independent School District
    Offerings: Free and Reduced Lunch, Menus, Prices, and Online Meal Payments

    Forest Lake Area Schools
    Offerings: Free and Reduced Lunch, Menus, Online Meal Payments, and Nutrition Resources

    Fridley Public Schools
    Offerings: Free and Reduced Lunch, Menus, Online Meal Payments, and Nutrition Resources

    Spring Lake Park Schools
    Offerings: Free and Reduced Lunch, Menus, Lunch Prices, Online Meal Payments, Nutrition Information, and Summer Food Service Program

    St. Francis Area Schools
    Offerings: Free and Reduced Lunch, Menus, Online Meal Payments, and Nutrition Resources

    White Bear Lake Area Schools
    Offerings: Free and Reduced Lunch, Menus, Lunch Prices, Online Meal Payments, Nutrition Information, and Summer Food Service Program

    Curiosity Kitchen: Kids Cooking Program

    The Curiosity Kitchen is a mobile kitchen program offered by Anoka County Libraries. The program uses Charlie Carts - compact, mobile kitchens - to allow kids to connect food and cooking with math, English language arts, science, and social studies concepts while having fun. Each month kids make a different themed recipe. For questions about potential allergens, please contact the Crooked Lake Library at 763-324-1530. Grades 2-3.

    Find out more about the next Curiosity Kitchen at the Anoka County Library website

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.