Mahtomedi Area Food Shelf

The mission of the Mahtomedi Area Food Shelf is to provide nutritional assistance to individuals and families in need living within the Mahtomedi Community. We achieve our mission by securing wholesome food and offering compassionate and courteous service. We conscientiously manage our resources through efficient business practices.

The Mahtomedi Area Food Shelf serves people living within the boundaries of the Mahtomedi School District #832, and is a ministry of St. Jude of the Lake Catholic Church.

Food Shelf Coordinator, Michelle Stiepan

Need Help? Call us at 651-395-5350.

Client Pick-Up Times
Tuesday/Thursday 1:00 – 3:00 pm
1st & 3rd Wednesday 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Mahtomedi Area Food Shelf Guidelines

All of our food, packing, stocking, grocery pick-ups and funds come from donations and volunteers. It is extremely important that you
follow these simple guidelines so we may keep the Food Shelf running smoothly and continuously.

  1. School District 832 boundaries no more than once per month*. If you move from the service area and still require assistance, we can provide you with the names and locations of food shelves in your new area.
  2. You will be required to fill out The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) form at the start of each new calendar year along with a new intake form.
  3. You must be able to show proof of residency in our service area. A valid driver’s license/state I.D. is preferred. A utility bill or rent receipt
    (postmarked within the past 30 days) with your name and address is also acceptable when presented with a photo I.D.
  4. Our food shelf hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. You are required to place your food order before 9:00 am the day of pick-up. Orders placed after 9:00 am can be picked up the next scheduled pick-up day.
  5. If you are unable to pick-up your groceries, please call to make other arrangements. If you order food and do not pick it up, we will hold it for the next scheduled pick-up day. Food that is ordered and not picked up will NOT be held beyond the second pick-up day.
  6. Special items such as coffee, sugar, spices, dressing, diapers, formula, detergents and cleaning supplies are donated to the food shelf on
    occasion. When these items are requested and available, our volunteers will pack them with your groceries

This is the 19th year of celebrating our community, remembering our loved ones and raising money for the Mahtomedi Area Food Shelf.

Last year the Food Shelf served 920 families and gave out over 123, 000 pounds of food. We have seen an increase in usage by our Senior Community. We have also seen an increase of single parents and unemployed families visiting the Food Shelf to make ends meet.

The Food Shelf continues to fulfill its mission to serve families in our community. Over the last few years we have partnered with St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and Hope for the Journey Home to help provide extra services for their community meals and for residents of Hope for the Journey. The Food Shelf has been busy expanding the “Weekend Backpack” meal program. This program is designed to provide breakfast and lunch items for the weekend to students on the “Free and Reduced” meal program through the school district. This program has grown 40% in the past 2 years and is now serving 85 children a week at a cost of $550-$600 per month.

Please join us on December 7th at 6:30 pm in Memorial Park for our lighting ceremony.

Donations & Volunteering

We accept both food and financial donations. You may drop off food during regular business hours for the St. Jude of the Lake parish office, or at any of the convenient sites around the community below.

Donation Drop-Off Sites

  • Festival Foods on County Rd E
  • Cub Foods in Stillwater
  • Food Shelf office – Drop off times are Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Large donations by appointment, contact Michelle Stiepan

Weekend Backpack Program Needs

Healthy granola bars
Fruit cups
Pudding cups
String Cheese
Microwaveable meals
Snack crackers w/peanut butter or cheese or other types.
Breakfast bars
Oatmeal cups/packets
Easy Mac
Juice boxes
Shelf stable milk boxes (i.e. Yoo Hoo)

Regular Needs

Canned Tomato products
Spaghetti Sauce
Canned Vegetables
100% Fruit Juice
Canned Fruit in juice
Fresh Produce
Canned Beans
Canned Meat
Peanut Butter
Hearty Soups
Pasta of All Kinds

Financial Donations

Donations can be made online using your checking account or credit card. For donations of stock, please contact Michael Holdorph, Business Administrator.

Please make out checks to St. Jude of the Lake.

Volunteering at the Food Shelf

  • Volunteers must be 11 yrs or older (if younger must be accompanied by parent)
  • Must be able to list 20 + pounds

Contact Michelle for current volunteer opportunities