Do I need an appointment to use the food shelf?
You do not need an appointment. Stop by during our business hours when it is convenient for you. There may be a wait, which is usually longest right after we open.
Where are you located?
We are located on the Guardian Angels Church campus, at 8264 4th Street North, Oakdale MN 55128.
When is the food shelf open?
The food shelf is open Monday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Thursday from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and Friday from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM. We are also open on Wednesdays for Wildcard Wednesdays from 11am-1:30pm. Please note that if you arrive half an hour or less before the food shelf closes, your groceries may be pre-packed for you. Typically, the food shelf is closed to observe New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
I can’t make it to the food shelf during the scheduled hours. Do I have any options?
We do not currently have the staff to host after-hours visits. Please contact us at 651-233-1296 if you need help but have difficulty with the times that we are open.
How often can I come to the food shelf?
You may visit the food shelf once every month for our regular food shelf visit. However, you are also welcome to receive food each week through Wildcard Wednesdays and through our Produce Fairs, which are held at our Food Shelf location on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 10 to 11:30 AM.
Does the same person from my household have to come each time?
Any adult member of your household (living at the same address as you) may visit the food shelf and pick up food for your household. If someone in your household has already picked up food during that calendar month, another household member cannot make a separate visit in the same month.
Can I still access food here if I’m not from the area?
CCEFS welcomes anyone who comes to us in need of food. Our primary service area is Woodbury, Oakdale, Landfall, and part of South Maplewood (east of McKnight and south of Stillwater Boulevard). We know that our community includes many people who may work, attend school, or receive services in our community, but may live outside of those boundaries. Therefore, our service is open to all who need it, regardless of address.
Do I get to pick my own food?
Yes. The amount of each type of food you will be able to choose is based on the size of your household. However, if you arrive a half an hour or less before the food shelf closes, your groceries will be pre-packed. You will still receive the same amount of food.
What forms will I need to complete?
At registration, you will complete a form with two parts. The first part is the TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) Eligibility form, which is a self-declaration that you are qualified to receive government food assistance. The second part is an optional Release Form, which is an agreement to release CCEFS from liabilities relating to the food you receive.
I am participating in the Safe At Home program and am not allowed to share where I am living. Can I still get food?
Yes. Just let the volunteer know at intake. If you are able, please bring documentation of the fact that you are participating in Safe At Home, or an ID with the P.O. box you are using.
Is there anything else I need to bring?
We ask that you bring your own grocery bags, since our supply is limited.
Will CCEFS have food that my family is used to eating?
Yes. We do our best to provide a variety of food that matches what our customers would use at home, including ethnic items. Please understand availability may vary between visits.
I am on a special diet. Will CCEFS have food I can eat?
Yes. We strive to offer a variety of gluten-free, low-sugar, low-sodium, vegetarian, and other foods that correspond to specific dietary needs. Please note availability of particular items may vary.
Can I get food if I receive SNAP benefits or another government food assistance program?
Can I get food if I am not a U.S. citizen?
My roommates and I don’t share meals. Can we come to the food shelf separately?
No matter their relation, everyone living at the same address is treated as one household and served together. If you share a home with a roommate, you will be served as a family of two, and it is up to you to decide how to divide the food. We cannot provide each of you with food separately.
I am currently homeless or without a permanent address, so I do not have a bill to verify my address. Can I still get food?
Yes. Just let the volunteer at intake know of the situation.
Is the food shelf handicap-accessible?
Yes, CCEFS is accessible to clients with wheelchairs, limited mobility, and physical disabilities. We will do our best to make your visit as easy and comfortable as possible.
Do you have resources for clients who speak other languages?
CCEFS currently makes use of a translation line over the phone. We also have some volunteers who speak other languages. Registration forms are available in multiple languages.
Is there a chance I will be turned away because of my income?
CCEFS will not turn you away because of your income. We understand that job loss, medical expenses, and other emergencies might result in difficulty making ends meet, even for families with higher incomes. When you fill out your registration forms, you will be asked to self-declare your eligibility.
Does CCEFS offer other services?
Although CCEFS does not offer services outside of food assistance, we have compiled a list of other services that may be of interest. Check out a list of these programs and links to their websites here. Also, there is a Salvation Army office located in Woodbury Lutheran Church, right near the food shelf. You can make an appointment by calling 651-739-6288.
What is your policy on emergency closing?
It is the CCEFS policy to close the food shelf if District 622 closes schools. In the event of an emergency closing, we will notify clients by email and post an announcement on our Facebook page.