Stevens County Food Shelf

Feeding Stevens County

Posted on: November 8th, 2022 by Susan

The holidays are nearly upon us, and families are preparing to gather.

You can make a difference for a local family this year by giving a one-time or a monthly gift to help the Stevens County Food Shelf continue to provide nutritious food to those who need it most.

Your gifts help us provide healthy and nutritious meals all year ’round; however, they are especially needed and appreciated during the holiday season.

Please visit our campaign page to support our mission to continue feeding food insecure people in Stevens County.

Free Rides; Free Delivery

Posted on: September 5th, 2022 by Susan

The Stevens County Food Shelf is happy to announce free rides and delivery options for people who do not have transportation to the food shelf.

Residents of Morris may call the Morris Transit to schedule a ride with 2 hours advance notice. Please make sure that you only schedule rides for a time when the food shelf is open (see regular hours, below).

When you call to schedule a ride, tell them you are riding directly to the Food Shelf, and the ride will be free of charge. Rides should be scheduled two hours in advance, if possible, and must go directly to the food shelf without other stops in order to qualify for the free ride.

When you arrive, volunteers will provide a short form to allow visitors to select the items they would like. Volunteers will pack the requested items, and the Transit will return visitors to their home.

Stevens County residents outside of Morris may contact the Rainbow Rider for food delivery during our regular hours every day except Tuesday & Thursday, as our hours fall outside of Rainbow Rider operating hours on those days.

To receive a free delivery of food outside of Morris, call or email the Food Shelf to place a food request, and then call the Rainbow Rider to schedule your delivery day and time. Please place your food request at least one day in advance so that our volunteers have time to pack these items. The Rainbow Rider will deliver these items to your home.

There is no special paperwork required to visit the Stevens County Food Shelf. All are welcome.

To schedule a ride or delivery:

  • Morris Transit: 320-589-1000 (in Morris)
  • Rainbow Rider: 1-800-450-7770 (outside Morris)

Food Shelf hours:

  • Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday & Thursday 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Rainbow Rider not available)
  • Wednesday & Friday 10:30-11:30 a.m.

For questions or to place a food request for delivery, contact us:

  • Email: stevenscountyfoodshelf@gmail.com
  • Phone: 320-589-7436

Donate Using Your Phone

Posted on: May 5th, 2021 by Susan

Helping the food insecure of our community just got easier! Now you can donate to the Stevens County Food Shelf on your smartphone by sending us a text.
Just text “FEEDSTEVENS” to 44-321 to receive a link to our mobile-ready campaign page. Your cash donations greatly benefit those in our community who are experiencing food insecurity. Please consider a generous donation today!

A Hearty Thanks!

Posted on: December 14th, 2020 by Susan

The members of the board would like to send out our most gracious thanks to everyone who helped us keep the Food Shelf successful in 2020.

With a year full of necessary pivots to answer unexpected challenges, we would like to take the time to appreciate all our volunteers, vendors who have donated their time and expertise, and all the generous donors we have had throughout the year.

The Stevens County Food Shelf would not be where it is today without the generosity of our community. We wish you all a blessed New Year!

  • Donny Wohlers
  • Mary Jo Forbord
  • Liberty Sleiter
  • Stephanie Knobloch
  • Melissa Harrison
  • Risa Dorweiler
  • and Doug Ehlers

New Food Shelf Email

Posted on: December 14th, 2020 by Susan

Volunteers, Vendors, Donors, Community members, EVERYONE! The Stevens County Food Shelf now has it’s own email address.

It is:

We have also added it to the info at the bottom of this page, so it will be readily available to visitors of our site.

Position Opening

Posted on: November 3rd, 2020 by Susan

The Stevens County Food Shelf Board of Directors is seeking a Coordinator to serve as the lead staff person for our Food Shelf located at 701 Iowa Avenue in Morris, MN. The Coordinator is responsible for the overall operation of the Food Shelf and works directly with the Board of Directors.

The ideal candidate has a strong commitment to our mission of alleviating hunger in our community and experience in working with food programs, volunteer coordination and support. Excellent communication and organizational skills are required.

This position is part-time (10 hrs/week) with a starting pay of $18-$20/hour depending on experience. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to libertysleiter@co.stevens.mn.us by December 1, 2020.

Stevens County Food Shelf Board of Directors

Donny Wohlers, Chair

Mary Jo Forbord, Vice Chair

Stephanie Knobloch, Secretary

Melissa Harrison, Treasurer

Risa Dorweiler, Director

Doug Ehlers, Director

Liberty Sleiter, Ex Officio Director

Food Donations

Posted on: November 2nd, 2020 by Susan

A while back, due to concerns related to COVID-19, we instructed those who wish to donate food to drop it off at the Old No. 1.

We are now asking that donations of food be brought directly to the Food Shelf during open hours.

Our address and hours can be found at the bottom of this web page. Thank you!

A Word About Safety

Posted on: March 24th, 2020 by Susan

Stevens County Food Shelf Board of Directors Public Statement March 23, 2020

Stevens County Food Shelf has made some difficult but necessary changes to its operations. To minimize risk of CoVid‑19 infection, drive-up only food distribution is offered at the Food Shelf 5 days a week at the following times:

  • Monday 2:30-3:30 pm
  • Tuesday 10:30-11:30 am
  • Wednesday 10:30-11:30 am
  • Thursday 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Friday 10:30-11:30 am

People are asked to drive up to the Food Shelf and stay in their vehicles. A Food Shelf volunteer will come out to assist them. Food Shelf volunteers are required to ask the person’s name, zip code, the number of people in the household, and how many are under 18 and over 65 years of age. Volunteers are also required to ask a question about weekly income and if this is the first visit to the Food Shelf.

The Food Shelf will distribute pre-packed boxes containing approximately 14 days of emergency food per person, with the option to return for more food in 14 days. We are working to distribute the food we have as safely and efficiently as possible, and we are assured that there is more food in the supply chain.

We ask that community members check in on neighbors who may need food assistance, but lack
transportation. Community members may assist others in need by providing the required information to a food shelf volunteer during distribution hours and transporting food back to the people in need. Thank you.

Donations are no longer accepted on site at the Foodshelf. Instead, food donations are welcomed at this drop site in downtown Morris: Old #1 on Atlantic Avenue, rear entrance between the hours of 11 am and 7 pm.

Please leave food donations inside the Old #1 back door without notifying or contacting anyone. Guidelines for most needed donations will be updated as needs change.

We highly encourage everyone to generously support the food shelf by donating securely online at:
stevenscountyfoodshelf.org or mailing a check to Stevens County Food Shelf, 701 Iowa Ave. Morris, MN 56267, or by placing your check in the drop box at the Court House.

The health and safety of Stevens County Food Shelf volunteers is of utmost importance. We have had to make the difficult decision to temporarily replace long time volunteers in higher risk categories with volunteers between the ages of 18 and 60 with no underlying health conditions and no symptoms of illness; and have implemented additional measures to safeguard volunteers and the people we serve.

We sincerely thank all of our volunteers, especially those who have given many hours over many years. The Food Shelf wouldn’t be here in this time of great need without them.

We are making every effort to keep our community safe and fed. We thank everyone for your hard work,
patience and resolve as we meet unprecedented food needs together and move through this very difficult time.

Stevens County Food Shelf Board of Directors

Donny Wohlers, Chair

Mary Jo Forbord, Vice Chair

Stephanie Knobloch, Secretary

Melissa Harrison, Treasurer

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Want to help?

Posted on: March 19th, 2020 by Susan

The Stevens County Food Shelf donation site has changed to Old #1 on Atlantic Avenue. Use the BACK ENTRANCE to drop off donations 7 days a week from 11 am to 7 pm. Please leave the food in the back entrance–no need to notify anyone that it’s there or have any contact with anyone.. Donny Wohlers and his family will sort and deliver donations to the Food Shelf. Thank you very much Wohler family!

Food donated needs to be labeled, unopened, not damaged and still within the “best if used by” date.
Donate full cases of one kind of product if possible.

Examples of what foods are most needed now to keep our community well nourished and immune systems strong:

  • Peanut butter
  • Dried Milk
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned stew
  • Canned fish
  • Canned or dried beans (any kind of bean with limited added ingredients preferred)
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Toilet paper
  • Vegetable oil, 1 quart size or less

We expect the list of “most needed” will change, so we will keep you updated here! Thank you.

Want to give your Food Shelf maximum flexibility? Please consider online donations at stevenscountyfoodshelf.org so that the Food Shelf can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables and other nutritious and needed items locally. Thank you!

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