Food Shelf-In-A-Box

Feeding the hungry is one of our primary objectives. Sadly, however, many families in need are unable to attend a regular food shelf program due to a lack of transportation and/or an inability to find daycare for their children.  Our Food Shelf-In-A-Box offers a practical and innovative means for us to provide easy access to much-needed groceries and other important support services.

Each month, during a designated date and time, Good in the ‘Hood delivers groceries to a local partner site with the following objectives:

  • Offer easy access to essential groceries, basic resources, social engagement, support information and referrals in order to bring stability and much needed assistance for families in need.
  • Establish host partner sites with businesses, schools, civic and/or religious organizations that are interested in leveraging their key assets, including facility and staffing, for the greater good of the community. This enables Good in the ‘Hood to bring a sustainable and cost-effective program that enhances the relational equity between our client guests and our local hosting partner.
  • Provide our neighbors in need with a “client-choice” shopping model that places an emphasis upon healthy options such as protein, dairy and fresh produce
  • Offer opportunities for volunteerism, social engagement and program leadership. We believe this is the key in order to promote personal dignity and help to foster a “Doing With” approach for the community rather than “Doing For” perspective.

This pop-up style program is designed to bring a monthly drop/delivery of essential groceries to each of our Food Shelf-In-A-Box hosting partners.  It’s a quick, simple, and efficient model that allows for set up, hosting of a client-choice shopping distribution and clean-up within a 4-hour window of time.


FOOD SHELF-IN-A-BOX POP-UP MOBILE PROGRAM Locations


Please note: During the November and December holidays our regular food distribution schedule is often changed.  Please contact the respective host site leader or reach out to us at info@goodinthehood.org to receive any updates and information. Thank you and have a happy holiday season!

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Bethany Church

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Bethany Church Pop-up Mobile
Bethany Church
6900 Auto Club Rd
Bloomington, MN 55438
Distribution: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Steve Eliason

Steve has worked as a church planting missionary in the Philippines, and for the past 20 years has been a part of the ministry of Bethany International in Bloomington. He is currently the Church Engagement Director for Bethany Gateways, the mission sending arm of Bethany. Steve first met Shawn on the campus when they worked together with Bethany Global University, which served as the genesis point of Good in the Hood and the food distribution ministry. Working with the Good in the Hood team has been a rewarding experience – Meeting wonderful people, making new friends and working to meet the basic needs of people who need both friends and food.

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Creekside Gables

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Creekside Gables Pop-up Mobile 
Creekside Gables
7601 Zane Ave North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Distribution: 4th Thursday of each month from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Zenobia Carson

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Zenobia Carson was raised in Chicago, but moved to Minnesota in 1990 after raising her five children as a divorced and single mother. After stops in Wisconsin, Zenobia and her family landed in Minneapolis without a home. She returned to school and became certified as a human services worker and became an advocate for abused women and children. While raising her grandchildren, she moved to the Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center area and began working as a pre-school lead teacher and a teacher’s aide for children with special needs. 

After moving to an independent senior complex she had the opportunity to volunteer for Second Harvest Heartland and set up a small food pantry for the residents in her building. She is grateful to collaborate with Good in the ‘Hood food program so seniors don’t have to choose between paying for rent, medicine or food. Now in her 70s, Zenobia loves helping others through giving. As a licensed minister, she loves the opportunity to love on others and nurture not only their stomachs but to feed them encouragement as well. 

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ 800 West Broadway

This location will be hosting distributions on the 2nd Thursday of each month for November and December rather than the 4th Thursday.

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ 800 West Broadway Pop-up Mobile
WorkForce Center
800 West Broadway Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Distribution: 4th Thursday of each month from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Leona Martin

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Leona Martin has worked as a Workforce Development Specialist for the Department of Employment and Economic Devolvement for 14 years. She has been committed to, and had a key role in, Youth Service development for more than 20 years. She has had a leading role in the Good in the ‘Hood Food Shelf In-A-Box program at 800 West Broadway since 2016. Leona strives to serve the community of Minneapolis and to be part of the solution for our community.

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Macedonia Church

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Macedonia Church Pop-up Mobile
Macedonia Church
3801 1st Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Distribution: 4th Wednesday of each month from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 

Annie P. Wade

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Annie Wade is the food shelf coordinator at Macedonia Baptist Church. She also coordinates the new member classes and is president of the Mission Ministry and Secretary of the Christian Education Ministry at Macedonia. Outside of Macedonia Baptist, Annie is a member and leader of several other national and local organizations. Since 2016, Macedonia has partnered with Good in the ‘Hood. During the pandemic, when families were particularly struggling, the Food Shelf-In-A-Box program provided great relief. As a retired Minneapolis Public Schools Administrator, Annie enjoys having more time for her family, church and community involvement. Her hobbies include gardening, reading and traveling.

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Maple Pond Homes

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Maple Pond Homes Pop-up Mobile
Maple Pond Homes
1854 Beebe Rd
Maplewood, MN 55109
Distribution: 1st Thursday of each month from 3:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Jackie Jones

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Jackie Jones is the Child Development Program Manager for the YMCA Neighborhood Centers. She has worked with the YMCA for over 8 years and holds an MA in Counseling Psychology. Jackie is close to her family who live in the Twin Cities. She currently lives wither her fiancé (Josh), two cats (Mr. Grumbles and Mira) and a dog (Sunny). She enjoys hiking, spending time with my family, friends and animals, reading and traveling.

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Project for Pride in Living

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Project for Pride in Living (PPL) Pop-up Mobile
Project for Pride in Living
2020 Elliot Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Distribution: 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Mari Jo Long

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Mari Jo Long joined the Project for Pride in Living in 2010 and manages the organization’s supportive housing in Minneapolis, including staff, partnership development, service delivery, and evaluation. Originally from the Chicago area, Mari Jo loves the Twin Cities for the accessibility of green space and the deep investment in social services in the community. Mari Jo obtained her BA from Carleton College and Masters in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Michael Gray

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Michael Gray is a Family Service Coordinator at Project for Pride in Living. He’s worked with the families at the distribution site at 2020 Elliot since 2016. He takes great pride in helping them work towards the achievement of key goals for their children’s academic futures and supporting them in creating housing stability. Michael finds it rewarding to help ease the burden of food security for families, especially as new challenges arise in the ever-changing landscape of transition and transformation globally, domestically and locally.

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Webster Elementary

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Webster Elementary Pop-up Mobile
Webster Elementary
2170 7th Ave E
Saint Paul, MN 55109
Distribution: 3rd Thursday of each month from 3:20 pm – 4:45 pm

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Folwell School

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Folwell School Pop-up Mobile
Folwell School, Performing Arts Magnet
3611 20th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Distribution: 3rd Tuesday of each month from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Cheryl Flugaur-Levitt

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Cheryl Flugaur-Levitt is the preK-2nd grade social worker at Folwell School Performing Arts Magnet. She has worked in Minneapolis schools for 20 years and at Folwell since 2011. She is honored to work with the amazing students and families in both Spanish and English. In her free time, she likes to read, walk, garden, camp, and travel. 

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Hennepin Technical College

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Hennepin Technical College Pop-up Mobile
Hennepin Technical College
9000 Brooklyn Blvd
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Distribution: 2nd Thurs. of each month from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cara Garrett

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Cara Garrett has been working at Hennepin Technical College since 2016 and higher education in the Twin Cities area nearly 15 years. Cara worked at large public universities and small private residential colleges before joining Hennepin Technical College. In 2018, the college researched the needs of students to improve retention. The results showed that 40% of students were experiencing some form of hunger leading to increasing student access to groceries and the partnership with Good in the ‘Hood.

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Hmong Int’l Academy

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Hmong Int’l Academy Pop-up Mobile
Hmong International Academy
1501 30th Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Distribution: 3rd Thurs. of each month from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Malisamai Vue

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Malisamai Vue is the Hmong Family Liaison for Hmong International Academy and has worked on family and community engagement with Minneapolis Public Schools for 12 years.

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Weaver Elementary

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Weaver Elementary Pop-up Mobile
Weaver Elementary School
2135 Birmingham Street
Maplewood, MN 55019
Distribution: 3rd Wed. of each month from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

McKenzie Hennessey-Purdy

McKenzie Hennessey-Purdy has worked in the helping profession for 10 years and has served as the school social worker at Weaver Elementary since 2018. She particularly enjoys helping students and families. In her work with Food Shelf-In-a-Box, she finds the families’ response to the selection of meat, dairy, vegetables, and fruit very rewarding.

Carly Klass

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Carly Klass has taught at Weaver Elementary School since 2015. She was raised in Richfield and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in elementary education. She feels privileged to know so many Weaver families and invest in the strong community. In particular, she is appreciative of Good in the ‘Hood and its support to reach individuals and families in need. 

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Montreal Courts

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Montreal Courts Pop-up Mobile
Montreal Courts
401 Labore Rd
Little Canada, MN 55117
Distribution: 3rd Wed. of each month from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Jackie Jones

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Jackie Jones is the Child Development Program Manager for the YMCA Neighborhood Centers. She has worked with the YMCA for over 8 years and holds an MA in Counseling Psychology. Jackie is close to her family who live in the Twin Cities. She currently lives wither her fiancé (Josh), two cats (Mr. Grumbles and Mira) and a dog (Sunny). She enjoys hiking, spending time with my family, friends and animals, reading and traveling.

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Hiawatha YMCA

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Hiawatha YMCA
Hiawatha YMCA
4100 S 28th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Distribution: 1st Wed. of each month from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Raeann Flood

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Raeann Flood is the branch administrative coordinator for Youth and Family Services at the YMCA of the North. She grew up in North Minneapolis and attended Minneapolis Public Schools before studying teaching at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Raeann joined the YMCA staff in 2005 where she works with the community board, manages the Facebook page, and works with volunteers and grantees. She has three boys – two in elementary school and a toddler – and is the President of the Parent Teacher Organization for her children’s school.

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Emma B Howe YMCA

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Emma B Howe YMCA
Emma B Howe YMCA
2304 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Distribution: 4th Tuesday of each month from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm  

Raeann Flood

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Raeann Flood is the branch administrative coordinator for Youth and Family Services at the YMCA of the North. She grew up in North Minneapolis and attended Minneapolis Public Schools before studying teaching at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Raeann joined the YMCA staff in 2005 where she works with the community board, manages the Facebook page, and works with volunteers and grantees. She has three boys – two in elementary school and a toddler – and is the President of the Parent Teacher Organization for her children’s school.

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Harmony Learning Center

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Harmony Learning Center
Harmony Learning Center
1961 County Road C East
Maplewood, MN 55109
Distribution: 4th Thursday of each month from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Heather Jacobson

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Heather Jacobson has been a school social worker in District 622 for 22 years. In her current role in the district, she works at the Harmony K-12 Program and dedicates her time to helping students and families. She knows the partnership with Good in the ‘Hood provides much-needed, well-rounded food options for the Harmony families and is grateful for the community support.

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ MN Internship Center (MNIC) Unity  

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ MN Internship Center (MNIC) Unity
MN Internship Center (MNIC)
2507 Fremont Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Distribution: 3rd Friday of each month from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Vanessa Robles Varela

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Vanessa Robles Varela is the Homeless Liaison & Director of Nutrition Services Director at Minnesota Internship High Schools (MNIC). She works with homeless students and oversees the Food Service Department. Her primary mission is to be a student advocate to serve our youth and their families in the community. Vanessa was born and raised in Mexico before moving to the United States in 1999, living in Arizona before settling in Minnesota. Vanessa has 4 children and 2 dogs. She loves being with her family and karaoke nights with friends. 

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Hennepin Technical College Eden Prairie

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Hennepin Technical College Eden Prairie
Hennepin Technical College Eden Prairie Campus
13100 College View Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Distribution: 1st Tuesday of each month from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Laura Otieno

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Laura Otieno is the Student Life and Health Coordinator and Brooklyn Park Student Senate Advisor at Hennepin Technical College sites in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie. She serves in this role because she knows that relieving hunger can lead to student success. In her free time, she enjoys reading, painting, and traveling.

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Maplewood Middle School

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Maplewood Middle School
Maplewood Middle School
2410 Holloway Ave E.
Maplewood, MN 55109
Distribution: 3rd Wednesday of each month from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Jenna Kizlik (missing pic)

Jenna Kizlik is in her first year as the school social worker at Maplewood Middle School. She is passionate about working with students and their families to provide support and resources as needed. Jenna is excited to work with Good in the ‘Hood through the Food Shelf-In-A-Box program at Maplewood Middle School as it is an easily accessible and valuable resource that can be used by families who need extra support during uncertain times. Jenna lives in Hudson, Wisconsin with her fiancée and their cat, Elsie. In her spare time, she enjoys reading mystery novels, learning new skills, and traveling.

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Cowern

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Cowern
Cowern Elementary
2131 Margaret St
North Saint Paul, MN 55109
Distribution: 3rd Wednesday of each month from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Kyliah Thompson (missing pic)

Kyliah Thompson is the school social worker for Cowern Elementary. Originally, from the Chicago area, she spent her undergraduate years in Duluth and attended graduate school in St. Louis, Missouri. She is committed to closing gaps and minimizing disparities for students and families. Her interests include performing in theatre productions, as well as educating and leading around racial equity and anti-racist trainings and education. She also loves watching Netflix, going to the movies (when they are open), cooking, and playing with her new puppy.

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Tommie Shelf Minneapolis

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ Tommie Shelf Minneapolis
University of St. Thomas-Minneapolis Campus
1000 Lasalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Distribution: 3rd Wednesday of each month from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Angela Mendez

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Angela Mendez serves as the Life Skills Coach/Counselor at the University of St. Thomas with the Dougherty Family College. Angela is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 12 years of experience providing mental health services in the Twin Cities area. Angela’s experience includes working with adults experiencing homelessness and food scarcity within Hennepin County. In her current role, Angela provides both therapeutic and resource support to students at Dougherty Family College. Angela lives in Columbia Heights and loves to spend time with her two dogs, Pico and Obie, during her down time.

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Food Shelf In-A-Box @ University of Northwestern (UNW)

Food Shelf In-A-Box @ University of Northwestern (UNW)
University of Northwestern (UNW) – St. Paul
Billy Graham Community Life Commons- Room G222
3003 Snelling Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113
Pantry open on M-F of each month from 8:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kayla Hoye

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Kayla Hoye serves as the Assistant Dean of Student Engagement Programs at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. She has spent the last decade working with college students all over the Midwest. In her current role she oversees a student group dedicated to helping students become aware about local and global issues, including hunger, homelessness, domestic violence, sexual assault, voter suppression, and racial injustice. Kayla lives in Coon Rapids with her husband, young daughter, dog, and cat. 


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