Have you been looking for a way to give back to the community?  Volunteer at STEP! 
We currently have positions listed below that are open and we would like to fill them as soon as possible. 

Volunteer food rescue assistant and driver: Needed 8-11 every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Duties include riding along with the Food Rescue Driver and assisting in the collection of prepared, perishable and other rescued foods from retail stores and be comfortable making food rescue runs alone if the need arises.  Volunteer must be able to make at least a 6 month commitment to volunteering.
Physical Demands:
-Ability to climb in and out of a high vehicle
-Ability to lift or maneuver up to 50 lbs.
-Must have a valid driver’s license
Volunteer Client Driver: Transportation drivers for medical rides. Most rides are in St. Louis Park.  Days can be flexible.  Must be able to pass a criminal and driving background check.
Contact Mari for questions and information on how to apply.
Can’t volunteer yourself?  Pass along the information to your
 friends or family!

STEP in Steel Toe

STEP in Steel Toe

STEP is returning to Steel Toe Brewing on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 5:00-7:00 pm. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets well ahead of time. Tickets can be purchased by clicking the ticket button on this page.

Steel Toe Brewing has generously donated their taproom and service for a fun STEP event.  Steel Toe Brewing has been producing great craft beer in St. Louis Park since 2011 and have been giving back to the community from the beginning.

A ticket price of $20 will include beer samples and an opportunity to learn about STEP’s successes and future goals, with a focus on STEP’s efforts to prevent homelessness in St. Louis Park.

Tickets are will-call. No need to bring print outs to the event. You will simply be asked to provide your name.

If the event does not sell out ahead of time, tickets will be available at the door for $30 each.

Volunteer Dinner

Our volunteers are the backbone of everything that happens at STEP.  Without the over 150 regular weekly volunteers, who equal 9 paid staff, we would not be able to function!  Our volunteers give their time and their hearts to serve others in our community and we love them for it.  Thank you to all the volunteers who make STEP the special place that it is.
April is volunteer appreciation month and we honored our volunteers with a special dinner and some entertainment from the staff in April.  We hope that each one knows just how special they are to us!  Thank you volunteers.

Donations for Back to School Program

Can you donate unused school supplies for SLP students?

Last year, STEP supplied 464 SLP students with donations from the community. This year 3-inch binders for middle school students are critically needed.

Visit our online wish list at Amazon and Target !

STEP packs a bag for each registered St. Louis Park child based on the supply list for their school and grade. Critically needed school supplies are:

  • Paper folders without prongs: RED (No purple or black)
  • College ruled spiral notebooks: BLUE,GREEN,YELLOW (No purple)
  • Wide ruled spiral notebooks: RED
  • Loose leaf paper – College and Wide ruled
  • Plastic folders without prongs: RED
  • Plastic page protectors
  • Crayola Colored Pencils – 12 count
  • Pink bar erasers
  • Highlighters – Thick/Large (no thin)
  • Crayola washable markers – 10 count package
  • WASHABLE 8 pan paints – Prang or Crayola
  • Pencil Pouches
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Post-it Note pads – 3X3
  • Plastic rulers
  • Ballpoint Pens: BLUE  (No black or red)
  • Expo Dry Erase Markers – package of 4 colors (NO BLACK)

Items that are NOT needed are:

  • Comp Notebooks – Black
  • Blunt Scissors
  • Wooden rulers
  • Pronged paper or plastic two-pocket folders

Donations can be dropped off at STEP (6812 W Lake St, St. Louis Park) during our regular office hours: M W Th: 8am – 4pm; Tues: 12pm – 8pm; Fri: 8am – 12pm. Supplies needed by August 16.

Back to School Registration 2018

Register for STEP’s Back to School Program

July 9 through August 17

Registration is for St. Louis Park children entering grades K thru 12 in need of school supplies

You can register your child in one of two ways:

  • During a scheduled food shelf appointment OR
  • During the following hours* (NO appointment necessary):

Mon & Wed 8am – 11am & 12:30pm – 3:30pm; Tuesday 12:30pm – 3:30pm & 5pm – 7:30pm

or Thursday & Friday 8am – 11:00am

*If you come during these registration hours please expect to wait for the

soonest available staff member.

Documents needed to register:

  • Picture ID
  • Current utility bill or an apartment lease
  • Birth certificate or passport for each child unless you registered EACH child for Back to School Supplies LAST YEAR. Other official verification may be accepted if it contains the birth date.

For more information, contact Karen at (952) 925-4899 ex.1200 or at

Programa de Regreso a la Escuela 2018

Regístrense para los Útiles Escolares de STEP Julio 9- Agosto 17

STEP estará distribuyendo útiles para la escuela a los niños que viven en St. Louis Park entrando en los grados K-12.  Regístrense en una de dos maneras:

  • Durante su cita para comida o
  • Durante los siguientes tiempos (sin cita)

Lunes & Miércoles 8am-11am & 12:30-3:30; Martes 12:30pm-3:30pm & 5pm-7:30

Jueves & Viernes 8am-11:00am

*si viene durante estas horas hay que esperar a que un  trabajador esté disponible. 


  1. Su ID con foto (licencia de manejo, ID del estado, pasaporte o matricula consolar)
  2. Bill de gas, luz o contrato de renta para verificar dirección
  3. Si no registro su hijo el año pasado necesitamos uno: record de vacunas, record médico, acta de nacimiento, record de la escuela, o pasaporte para cada niño. Es necesario que trae la fecha de nacimiento. (NO aceptamos tarjetas de seguro social)
  4. Lista de útiles de la escuela si su hijo/a va a una escuela fuera del distrito de SLP.

Para más información, contáctese con Karen (952) 925-4899 ex1200


Charity Navigator & Charities Review Council

We’ve received a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator! This means we’re accountable, transparent, and financially healthy! Check out our Charity Navigator profile to learn more!…








We also meet the standards for the Charities Review Council. Check out our Charities Review Council page by clicking on 

Open Volunteer Positions

Have you been looking for a way to give back to the community?  Try volunteering at STEP!
We currently have positions listed below that are open and we would
like to fill them as soon as possible.
Wednesday Clothes Closet volunteer: 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Wednesday and Thursday warehouse volunteer: 8-12 p.m.

Must be able to volunteer long term at least 6 months.

Contact Mari for questions and information on how to apply.
Can’t volunteer yourself?  Pass along the information to your
 friends or family!  

Reviews Needed!

Help future donors, volunteers, and clients find STEP by reviewing us online! STEP gains visibility and credibility with your authentic online reviews. Once we get enough reviews, STEP will be recognized with a Great Nonprofits Badge.  Several foundations STEP has approached value nonprofits that have gotten this distinction.
Any donor, volunteer, or client is invited to review STEP at 
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Thank you!

Empty Bowls Event Thank You

A big thank you to all who helped make Thursday’s Empty Bowls event a success! We couldn’t have done it without the sponsors, the donors, the volunteers, the planning committee, the performers, community partners, and everyone who came together to address food insecurity in our community.

Over 1,000 community members raised over $26,000 to support STEP programs that empower lives and restore hope.



Picture courtesy of Pop Deluxe Photography

Wish List

Have you ever felt the desire to donate to STEP and just weren’t sure what we needed?  Well, we have a solution to that conundrum!  We have started a Target Wish list that we will be regularly updating with items that are of current need at STEP.
We can usually order basic food staples at a great discount from other sources, but there are many non-food items or specialty items that we cannot source through those options.  If you are looking for ideas on how to support STEP check out and share the wish list.
Thank you!