Do you need food? If you or someone you know is struggling to access enough nutritious food, Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf is here to help. 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.
When can I come?
CCEFS is open the following days:
- Monday 12pm-4pm
- Wednesdays* 11am-1pm (*see information on Wildcard Wednesdays)
- Thursday 3pm-7pm
- Friday 9am-1:30pm
You do not need to make an appointment or pre-register.
Our regular food shelf visit is available once per month for each household, however we offer additional food to everyone each week through Wildcard Wednesdays and also offer food through our Produce Fairs, which are held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 10am-11:30am.
What is the process?
When you get to the food shelf, please sign in with the volunteer greeter. You will be called in to intake in the order you arrived. Please note that there may be a wait, especially right when the food shelf opens. At intake, you will meet with one of our volunteers to enroll your household in our database. All information is kept strictly confidential. The first time you come to CCEFS, we ask that you bring:
- Your photo ID
- A recent utility bill with your current address
- Identification for all members of your household (driver’s license, birth certificate, medical insurance card, social security card, passport, etc.)
You will only need to bring identification for your family members the first time you come to CCEFS. We also ask that you bring your own grocery bags, as our supply is limited.
What do I receive?
With the help of a volunteer shopping assistant, you will be able to choose your own groceries. CCEFS is committed to providing a variety of nutritious food, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy products, and even items to accommodate special diets (gluten sensitivity, low-sugar, etc.). We also provide some paper products, cleaning supplies, pet food, diapers, and personal care items (shampoo, soap, feminine care supplies, etc.). The amount you receive depends on the size of your household.
The availability of certain items will vary based on what we receive as donations and are able to purchase from our partners. Please note that shopping ends half an hour before the food shelf closes. If you arrive within the last half hour, you will receive the same amount of food but we will prepack it for you.
Do I need to register or make an appointment?
NO pre-registration or appointment is needed in order to visit CCEFS. You will have to fill out a short form the first time you come. In order to speed up your registration process you are welcome to print and complete these forms (TEFAP & Release) at home, but we will also have printed copies available when you arrive. All information on this form is kept strictly confidential.
This form you will complete has two sections:
Section #1: TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program): Clients fill out this form because we distribute government food commodities. The TEFAP form helps us understand what other resources our clients use, as well as formally acknowledges how you are eligible to use the food shelf.
Section #2: Optional Release: This acknowledges that you accept the food as is, and that you release CCEFS from liabilities relating to the food you receive. Please note that email addresses requested on this form are optional. They are used by the food shelf to notify you about special programs or emergency closings. If you are currently not receiving other services you may be eligible for, you may also authorize CCEFS to share the information on your TEFAP with third parties so they may contact you about these services.
Accessibility and Languages
CCEFS is accessible to people with physical disabilities, including wheelchairs. Those with visual or learning disabilities are encouraged to ask a volunteer or CCEFS staff member to read forms or other written material to them. At the food shelf, we use written notes to communicate with people who have difficulties with hearing or speech. CCEFS also makes use of the Minnesota Relay Service (1-800-627-3529) to accommodate calls from people with hearing or speech impairment. We have some volunteers who speak other languages, but we use a language line as needed.
Looking for recipes? Check out Good and Cheap, a cookbook full of ideas for meals on a very tight budget. You can download a free PDF here or take a look at a copy of the cookbook when you are at the food shelf. We would be happy to make copies of any recipe that interests you.
Questions? Check out our Food Shelf FAQ.