help and hope

since 1970

The Market- Food Shelf

The Market provides, free of charge, a seven day supply of groceries to neighbors living in Hastings School District 200 presently experiencing a crisis resulting in a short term need for food for themselves and their family.   The Market is available for use by appointment only.  Emergency bags are provided if no appointments are available or if only a few days worth of food in needed.

Visiting the Market

  • Please call us at 651-437-7134 to schedule a Market appointment.  Due to increased demand day of appointments may not be available.  Please try to schedule appointments 2-3 days in advance so we may best meet your schedule.
  • When you arrive for your Market appointment please enter through the Programs and Services door located on Ramsey Street.  A volunteer receptionist will greet you and check you in for your appointment.
  • You will be required to show a current piece of mail postmarked within the last two weeks or a utility bill due within the month of the appointment for EVERY adult in the household.  If you do not have mail please let us know when scheduling your appointment and we can send some to your residence before your appointment.  The adult who comes to the appointment must also have a photo I.D. and knowledge of income and expenses for the entire household,
  •  After showing your mail and I.D. you will be asked to fill out the Emergency Food Request Form.  Please feel free to print this form off and fill it out in advance.
  • You will then meet with one of our emergency service workers who will listen to you to see how HFS can best help you with your current situation.  They will also provide you with resources that may be useful to you.
  •  In most cases, you will be able to shop for your own groceries from the Market, including meat, fresh dairy, produce and personal care items.  A volunteer will pack your groceries for you and be available if you have questions.  You will also receive a dairy and produce voucher for a local grocery store.
  • Children are more than welcome to come to an appointment with you.  We have a designated play area in the Market.
  • In an effort to respect everyone's time, if you are running late for your scheduled appointment we may not be able to serve you that day and may need to reschedule.  If you know you are going to be unable to make your appointment, please call and cancel so we can open that time up for another family.

Supporting the Market

Much of the food we distribute is purchased from Second Harvest Heartland and our local grocers.  Monetary donations are used to assist in these purchases.  Hastings Family Service is able to turn a $10 donation into 70 pounds of food.

HFS also relies heavily on donations from local churches, schools, businesses, civic organizations, and individuals.  Please consider hosting a food drive to support the Market.  Please view our list ofmost needed items.

Volunteers are essential to the Market.  Volunteers assist shoppers, pack groceries  and sort food donations.