Fall Matching Campaign has begun-culminates on Give to the Max Day



STEP’s annual matching campaign has begun! All individual donations between October 11 and November 17 will be matched by generous community partners! You can give however you wish–by mailing a check, charging your card online, or dropping off a sack of cash-and it will be doubled (up to $50,000)! The last day of the matching campaign is the statewide Give to the Max Day.


This is by far STEP’s largest fundraising effort of the year. In order to maintain our impact on St. Louis Park families, we will need to reach our goal. Please join in this community-wide effort!


You can be part of this right now by using our donate form (just two minutes of your time).


STEP Holiday Toy Registration

Wednesday November 1 through Friday December 8, 2017

Infants to 18 year olds living in your home in St. Louis Park are eligible for STEP’s holiday gift program.

Register your children one of two ways:

  • During November food shelf appointment OR
  • Drop in between 11/1 and 12/8 during the following hours (NO Appointment Necessary):

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

Or Thursday 8am – 11am or Friday 8am – 11:30am

Please expect to wait if you drop in to register.

 Documents needed to register:

  • Picture ID
  • Current utility bill or an apartment lease

Birth certificate or passport for EACH child unless you have already registered them at STEP for the Toy or School Supply program in the last year.  Other verification may be accepted as long as it contains date of birth.

STEP Registración para Distribución de Juguetes

Miércoles 1 de noviembre al viernes 8 de diciembre 2017

Niños hasta los 18 años viviendo en su casa son elegibles para participar en este programa

Registra a sus niños uno de las dos formas:

  • Durante su visita normal para la dispensa O
  • Venga durante los siguientes tiempos: 11/1-12/8 Lunes & Miércoles 8am-11am & 12:30-3:30pm o Martes 12:30-3:30 & 5pm-7:30pm, Jueves 8am-11am o Viernes 8am-11:30am. (habrá espera sin sita)

Documentos necesarios para registrar:

  • Identificación con foto
  • Recibo de cuenta de gas o luz con su dirección actual
  • Certificado de nacimiento o pasaporte para cada niño a menos que haya registrado CADA niño para el programa de regreso a la escuela de ESTE AÑO. Otros verificaciones oficiales de fecha de nacimiento serán aceptados también.

Holiday Train will return to St. Louis Park

On Sunday, December 10, 2017, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train returns to St. Louis Park!

The mission of the Holiday Train is to address food insecurity in the communities it stops. The event is free–but attendees are asked to bring food or financial donations for the local food shelf–STEP. The train will again stop 100 feet from STEP’s front door, at West Lake Street and Library Lane.

The festivities start at 5:30 pm, including activities, hot food and beverages, and music by Tim Mahoney. The Holiday Train’s estimated arrival is 6:15 pm. The concert from the train will only be viewable on the west side of the tracks (STEP side). Once the train pulls in, it will not be possible to cross to the other side of the tracks.

If your business or group is interested in sponsoring the event, contact info@stepslp.org.

2016 Holiday Train stop in St. Louis Park (photo by Todd Pernsteiner)

Warm Coats for Winter

Warm Coats for Winter
STEP will have winter coats available throughout October for St. Louis Park children and adults who are in need of one. Come during STEP’s Clothes Closet hours and bring current address verification (a utility bill or lease). Call 952-925-4899 with any questions.

STEP Clothes Closet Hours
Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm
Tuesdays: 1:00-3:00 pm and 6:00-7:30 pm
Thursdays: 9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm
Fridays: 9:00-11:00 am


Winter Coats Donations

If you would like to donate a gently used or new winter coat, please drop off your donation at STEP during our business hours:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays:
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesdays: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fridays: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

All ages and sizes of Coats/Jackets* and Accessories are needed.

*Please only warm winter coats–no lightweight jackets or vests.
Accessories especially needed in all sizes: Boots, Gloves, Mittens, Snow Pants

Click here to order via STEP’s Amazon Wish List

Let’s make sure that everyone in St. Louis Park will be warm this coming winter!

STEP Donor Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy 

The St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) has created this Privacy Policy to explain why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy within our Web site. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the Web site located at the URL www.STEPslp.org.

In order to fully understand your rights we encourage you to read this Privacy Policy. STEP reserves the right at any time and without notice to change this Privacy Policy simply by posting such changes on our Site. Any such change will be effective immediately upon posting.

It is the policy of STEP to discontinue contacting any person upon that person’s oral or written request directed to the organization, its professional fundraiser, or other agent.

STEP respects the privacy of its donors. We do not sell or exchange any individual donor information.

What Information We Collect and How We Use That Information:
Our forms may request users to give us contact information that may include name, email address, address, interests, and similar information. We do not store sensitive information such as credit card numbers. STEP uses your information to complete a transaction, communicate back to you, and update you on our program.

STEP keeps all donor information private and confidential at all times.  We do not exchange donor information, or sell any donor or volunteer mailing list/ information to other organizations for the purpose of fundraising. We do not mail to donors who choose to not receive future communications from STEP. If STEP is notified by a donor that he/she wishes to not receive our communications, STEP’s Business Manager removes them from STEP’s mailing list and verifies that the donor is removed from all STEP correspondence.

Details on alley work

UPDATE 9/29/17: The alley work is now 100% complete! There should be no further expected closures or restrictions.

Running from approximately July 17 to August 31, 2017, there will be roadwork in the alley behind STEP. This will significantly impact parking and access to the building.

Please call 952-925-4899 if you have any further questions.


Food, clothing, or school supply donations can now be brought to the back alley door. The alley can be accessed from Brownlow Ave or Library Lane (but not 1st St NW). The alley can be accessed via STEP’s parking lot over a car-width patch of gravel at the end of the lot.


After shopping in the food shelf, groceries will again be picked up at the back door off the alley. The parking lot is now open. The alley can be accessed via STEP’s parking lot over a car-width patch of gravel at the end of the lot. The Clothes Closet will operate as usual.

Tuesday afternoon produce bags are again being distributed out of the alley door. As always, we recommend calling ahead to check on availability.

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.


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 allison@stepslp.org for more information or if you are interested in volunteering.