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Community Resources for Families

United Way 211

Free and Confidential Referrals to social service and health agencies

Within 651 area code: 211

Outside 651: 651-291-0211


Child Care

Minnesota Child Care Resource and Referral Network

1-866-308-3224 or 651-290-9704            



Ramsey County Alley Shoppe

Free clothing and household items

Located at Arlington Hills Lutheran Church

1115 Greenbrier Street, St. Paul, MN 55106


Area Service: Eligible families in Ramsey County. Referral required.

Hours: Tuesdays from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM September – May.

Families are allowed 6 visits between September and May


Swap Shop

Provides gently used clothing and housewares, food, socks and underwear

Located at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1065 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105 651-227-7669

Hours: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on the first and third Saturday of every month

Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church

Free clothing center- anyone is welcome

Located at 217 Mackubin St. St. Paul, MN 55102


Hours: 9:00 AM to 11:45 AM on the first and third Saturday of the month during the school year.

SafeZone Drop-In Center for Homeless Youth Ages 14-24

On-site clothing closet with hygiene items as well as many other resources

Located at 130 East 7th Street, St. Paul, MN

Hours: Monday through Friday 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Brown Community Center

Provides free clothing and small household items for families in the Twin Cities Metro Area

Located at 270 North Kent Street St. Paul, MN 55102


Hours: Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Families need to make an appointment

Joseph’s Coat

Free winter clothing and more

Located at 1107 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102


Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Salvation Army

Call 211 to locate the Salvation Army location nearest to you, or visit Salvation Army’s website at

Various Salvation Army sites offer winter clothing for families


Local Food Shelves

If you live in North St. Paul or Oakdale…

North St. Paul Area Food Shelf

2538 E. Seppala Boulevard, North St. Paul


Open Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Families have to call one day ahead


If you live in Maplewood…

Salvation Army Food Shelf

2080 Woodlynn Avenue, Maplewood


Open Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Families have to make an appointment


If you live in some parts of Maplewood…

Merrick Community Services Food Shelf

1740 Van Dyke Street, Maplewood


Open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM. - 11:30 AM

Families have to make an appointment


If you live in Woodbury, Oakdale, Landfall, or South Maplewood…

Christian Cupboard Food Shelf

8264 4th Street North, Oakdale


Open Mondays 12:00 P.M-4:00 PM Thursdays 3:00 PM-7:00 PM and Fridays 9:00 AM-1:30 PM


**All food shelves listed above require identification and proof of residence**


Any address…

Manna Pantry at Redeeming Love Church

2425 White Bear Avenue North, Maplewood


Open one Monday per month from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

2018 dates: November 26th, December 17th


Counseling & Social Service 

African American Family Services 612-871-7878

American Indian Family Center  651-793-3803

Brian Coyle Center (Somali) 612-338-5282 

Children's Home Society & Family Services 651-646-7771

CLUES (Chicano/Latino)  651-379-4200

Face to Face Health & Counseling  651-772-5555

Lao Family Community Center (Hmong)  651-221-0069

Northwest Youth & Family Services 651-486-3808

Parent Support Resources 651-641-1300

Sexual Offense Services of Ramsey County 651-643-3006

White Bear Lake Area Community Counseling 651-429-8544



Emergency Food Shelf Network


Minnesota Food Helpline

1-888-711-1151 or 651-486-9860

Women Infants & Children Program (WIC) 651-266-1300


Health Care