Back to School Supply Drive

Back to School Supply Drive

School supply donations are accepted during the months of June, July and August. 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:

  • 2-pocket folders w/o prongs (PURPLE)
  • College ruled spiral notebooks:(PURPLE)
  • Wide ruled spiral notebooks: (BLUE, YELLOW, PURPLE) NO BLACK
  • Composition notebooks (WIDE) NO BLACK
  • Sketchbooks, Canson or Strathmore,- 9×12 spiral, no lines
  • Dry Erase Markers – Thick
  • Crayola 8 count WASHABLE Markers – Thick, Classic Colors
  • Pencil Boxes
  • Large Pointed Scissors
  • Backpacks for Jr./Sr. High students

Items that are NOT needed are:

  • College ruled loose leaf paper
  • Multi-subject notebooks
  • Blunt Scissor
  • Crayons

Backpacks are distributed during registration and should be donated to STEP during the month of July. All other school supply donations should be donated to STEP by through mid-August.

Click on Amazon School Supply Wish List and Target School Supply Wish List to donate supplies online.  Items purchased online will be sent directly to STEP.

Donations can be dropped off at STEP at 6812 W. Lake St. in St. Louis Park.  For more information, please call STEP at 952-925-4899.

Please drop off donations during our regular open hours at the back of the building. Pull up in the alley and ring the doorbell. A volunteer will answer, take your donations, and provide you with a receipt. Donations left outside the building when STEP is closed will be considered dumping and be referred to law enforcement. Food, clothing, and other donations are vital to STEP’s mission.

Donation Hours

Request for Proposal – Strategic Planning Process

STEP seeks to engage in a strategic planning process with the goal to create a viable three to five-year strategic plan to guide the administrative and programmatic direction of the agency.

Interested parties should review the STEP Strategic Planning RFP and submit a full proposal no later than June 19.




Stabilizing families’ housing

We can prevent or stop the cycle for a family with emergency financial assistance. If you are interested in helping ensure a St. Louis Park family stays housed and secure, donate to STEP’s emergency assistance program, and we will get it to those who need it most.

Each year, neighbors are being squeezed out or their homes and leaving our community. Let us commit to securing the needs of families of all income levels in St. Louis Park by creating and sustaining secure, affordable housing.

Donate to STEP’s Housing Assistance Program.

For more information about housing needs in St. Louis Park, click here to read Sun Sailor article.

Volunteer Appreciation Night

Every year STEP hosts an event to give back a little of what our wonderful regular volunteers give to us and to the community.  This year’s Italian theme was a hit.  As a staff we gave it our all with a dance number and there was even an appearance by TOMMIE Mato–our new tomato friend! 


We enjoy hosting this event to show our sincerest graduate to the over 120 weekly volunteers donating their time, adding up to 
the equivalent of more than
nine full-time staff members.
 Thank you!

See our Facebook album for all the pictures from the event! 

Back to School Registration 2017

Back to School supplies registration is July 10-August 18.

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

Register your student by coming to STEP (6812 W Lake St, St. Louis Park) either:

  • During the following hours: Mon & Wed, 8am – 11am & 12:30pm – 3:30pm; Tuesday, 12:30pm – 3:30pm & 5pm – 7:30pm; Thurs & Fri, 8am – 11am (No appointment necessary, may need to wait for soonest available staff member.)
  •  OR during your regular food shelf appointment.

Documents needed to register:

  •  Photo ID
  •  Current utility bill or an apartment lease
  • Birth certificate or passport for each child unless you have previously provided it to STEP. Other verification may be valid if it contains the birth date

For more information, contact Karen at 952-925-4899 ext. 12 or at

Programa de Regreso a la Escuela 2017

Regístrense para los Útiles Escolares de STEP Julio 10- Agosto 18

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 o ID del estado)
  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 ex12

Thank you music fans!

Thanks to everyone who bought Cities 97 Sampler Volume 28.  We are so excited to find out that we received a grant this year.

Food Rescue Program



The new Food Rescue Program is up and running at STEP!  Meet Mike, the new manager of the program.  Mike along with several wonderful STEP volunteers will be picking up fresh produce, meat and often dairy items at CUB to bring to the food shelf.  We hope this program will continue to grow and bring fresh and healthy options to our clients.


STEP is excited to be starting work on a new program, Food Rescue! This program will enable us to pick up unwanted food from a local grocery store and distribute the product through our food shelf. This is a great opportunity to offer more healthful, fresh food options to our clients that utilize our services.

We are looking to build a crew of volunteers that are excited and dedicated to helping us make this program a success. Available shifts are Monday and Friday mornings, we are looking for warehouse volunteers to help unload, sort, organize and get rescue product out to food shelf clients. Volunteers would need to be able to lift boxes up to 50 pounds on a regular basis. Please contact Allison at for more information or if you are interested in volunteering.

Fare for All

Have you heard about the great food purchasing program we have in St. Louis Park called Fare For All?

It is a non-profit, community-supported program to purchase fresh produce, meat and more at a cost lower than the grocery stores! There is no need to register and is open to EVERYONE regardless of financial situation. The more people who participate, the more savings are passed on to customers.

Fare For All accepts cash, credit, debit, and EBT cards.  Fare for All is a pop-up location in St. Louis Park at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (8115 State Hwy 7) one time each month. The next date is Wednesday January 18th.  All of the SLP 2017 dates can be found here.  We highly encourage you to give it a try and spread the word to your friends and neighbors!


January will also feature the Shoe Away Hunger bus. New and gently used shoes will be fore sale: kids shoes $2, adult shoes $5. They accept cash and credit.  All proceeds help to fund “Good in the ‘Hood feeding Programs”.  Shoe donations and monetary donations are also welcomed.

Rising from Poverty

A comprehensive, well-researched series from the Star Tribune is out and explores the challenges escaping poverty and how where you grow up can make a big difference.

At STEP we see families come from all different backgrounds and situations, but many struggles families are confronted with are the same. The Rising from Poverty

three part series can be found here and is well worth the read.