Fall Matching Campaign

Your support is key to ensuring STEP responds to the full basic needs of our neighbors. The Fall Matching Campaign is the primary way STEP asks supporters to join us to empower lives and restore hope. Join others in this challenge to provide STEP the resources to fulfill our mission.

Your gift will be matched.
 Between now and Give to the Max Day on November 15, any financial donation will be matched via a $50,000 challenge fund. Generous donors, including the St. Louis Park Youth and Community Development Fund, STEP’s Board of Directors, Westwood Lutheran Church, and other faith community partners, are challenging the community to step forward and do its part.

Every dollar you give between now and November 15 will be matched up to the $50,000.


Financial struggle is often invisible. Thousands of children and adults rely on STEP every year to avoid hunger and stabilize their lives. The majority of our financial resources come directly from the community. (Less than 5% of STEP’s budget comes from state or federal sources.)

When we join together, we can accomplish great things.

Holiday Food & Toy Registration


Food shelf visits are limited to one (1) visit in November and one (1) visit in December and will include holiday food.

STEP Holiday Toy Registration

Thursday November 1 through Friday December 14, 2018

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 12/14 during the following hours (NO Appointment Necessary):

Mon 8am – 10am & 12:30pm – 3:30pm, Tuesday 12:30pm – 3:30pm & 5pm – 7:30pm

Wed & Thursday 8am – 11am & 12:30pm – 3:30pm 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 two years. Other verification may be accepted as long as it contains the birth date.





STEP Registración para Distribución de Juguetes

Jueves 1 de noviembre al viernes 14 de diciembre 2018

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: 11/1-12/14 Lunes 8am-10am & 12:30-3:30pm, Martes 12:30-3:30 & 5pm-7:30pm, Miércoles & Jueves 8am-11am & 12:30-3:30pm o Viernes 8am-11:30am.

(es posible que 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 dentro de los dos últimos años. Otros verificaciones oficiales de fecha de nacimiento serán aceptados también.

Westwood Nature Center 

Westwood Hills Nature Center is once again collecting food for STEP for their annual Halloween party! The event is on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20.

They will have refreshments, fun animal characters, mini golf plus indoor and outdoor games!  There is an entrance fee and all information on the event information can be found here. Make sure to bring your non-perishable food donations such as cereal, pasta or coffee. Toilet paper is also always needed!

We hope to see you there!

Need Winter Clothing?

Warm Coats for Winter

STEP will have winter coats available throughout October for St. Louis Park children and adults who are in need. 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

Abrigos para Invierno

STEP tendrá abrigos para invierno durante el mes de octubre para niños y adultos que viven en St. Louis Park en necesidad.  Pueden venir durante los horarios de nuestra tienda de ropa y traer comprobante de domicilio. (Cuenta de luz o contrato de renta con su dirección).

Llama 952-925-4899 con preguntas

STEP Horario de Tienda de Ropa

Lunes & Miércoles: 9:00-11:00 am & 1:00-3:00 pm
Martes: 1:00-3:00 pm & 6:00-7:30 pm
Jueves: 9:00-11:00 am & 1:00-3:00 pm
Viernes: 9:00-11:00 am

STEP 101! Come Tour STEP Through Community Ed!

Come tour our facility and learn how we serve members of our community. On the tour you might be surprised to learn how many residents in the St. Louis Park community struggle to get their basic needs met and understand how STEP responds to those struggles in order to empower and restore hope. Learn how you can get involved in STEP’s mission and help community members fulfill their basic needs. This is a free class. Please wear comfortable clothing as STEP is a combination of a warehouse and office setting.

For more information go to slp.ce.eleyo.com and search “STEP”.

See you there!

Warm Coats for Winter Needed!

We are collecting clean, warm winter coats and accessories to provide for our St. Louis Park neighbors in need. STEP will have coats available to guests in October, however, due to space limitations, it is requested that collected items be delivered to STEP in September.

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

Thank you for helping to ensure that everyone in St. Louis Park will be warm this coming winter!

For additional information please call Mari-Claire at 952-925-4899, x.1800, or mari@stepslp.org

*Please only warm winter coats, no lightweight jackets or vests.

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

STEP in Steel Toe

STEP in Steel Toe a great success

Thank you to all who joined STEP at Steel Toe Brewing on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Collectively, we raised over $12,460 for STEP’s Homelessness Prevention Program!

If you’d like to contribute to this program to keep St. Louis Park families in their housing, donate here.

Steel Toe Brewing has generously donated their taproom and service for this annual 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.

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.

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 https://smartgivers.org/organizations/st-louis-park-emergency-program/