Challenge Yourself to End Hunger

Accept the 2019 Food Shelf Challenge from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless and STEP this July!
Every day, Minnesotans make over 9,000 visits to food shelves statewide – that is six visits to a food shelf every minute. Last July, STEP had 1,447 individuals visit our food shelf. We see an increase in need during the summer. When school is out for summer vacation, many children miss out on free school meals and their families turn to us for support. STEP helps supply groceries for meals as well as nutritious fruits and vegetables.

You can make a bigger impact on hunger in our community this July by donating to STEP and helping your neighbors. 

The more you donate, the larger our food shelf’s grant from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless a program of Hunger Solutions will be. The challenge funds will proportionally match your donation. Your financial donation will go further due to our buying power as we can purchase food from our food bank for pennies on the pound.

Click here to donate today! Thank you!

School Supply Drive

Last year STEP provided over 400 St. Louis Park children with school supplies and backpacks thanks to community support. Help us fulfill this need by donating supplies or volunteering for our Back to School Program!

Our Amazon and Target wish lists to purchase online and have donations sent directly to us!

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 without prongs
  • Plastic page protectors
  • 5-tab binder dividers with pockets
  • Wide ruled loose leaf paper
  • College ruled spiral notebooks – all colors
  • 12-count Crayola colored pencils
  • Thick black Expo dry erase markers
  • Thin black Expo dry erase markers
  • Thick glue sticks
  • Ticonderoga pencils
  • Plastic rulers
  • Crayola 24 count crayons
  • AmazonBasics 3-ring binder with zipper, 3 inch
  • 18” Backpacks-any color

Items that are NOT needed are:

  • Comp Notebooks – Black
  • Blunt Scissors
  • Wooden rulers
  • Pronged folders
Donations can be dropped off at STEP during our regular office hours and are needed by August 12.
For more information contact Mari at 952-925-4899 ext.1800 or Thank you!

STEP in Steel Toe

Come enjoy delicious Steel Toe beer and support STEP!

For the 4th year in a row Steel Toe has generously donated their taproom and service for a fun STEP event.

In addition, they are donating 50% of beer sales from STEP guests.

This year, for the first time ever, we have a presenting sponsor, Bridgewater Bank. We are thrilled to have their support!

Join us on Wednesday, July 24 from 5-7 pm. Tickets are available now for $20. We encourage you to buy tickets in advance as this event tends to sell out quickly.

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

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

There will be a food truck and Camp Cheesecake.

If you have questions, please contact Faith Mainor at 952.208.8769.

We look forward to seeing you!

STEP Donor Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy 

The St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) is committed to respecting the privacy of our donors. We have developed this privacy policy to ensure our donors that donor information collected both online and offline will not be shared with any third party.

STEP provides this Donor Privacy Policy to make you aware of our privacy policy and to inform you of the way your information is used. We do not ask for your personal information unless we truly need it. We will not sell, share or trade our donors’ names or personal information with any other entity. We will not send mailings to our donors on behalf of any other organization.

This policy applies to all donor information received online at, as well as any written or oral communications. If STEP utilizes a third party to process donations, our donors’ information will only be used for the purposes of processing the donation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact STEP’s business manager at or 952-925-4899.

SLP Outstanding Citizen Award

STEP program manager Julie Lapointe was recognized last week with the Outstanding Citizen award at the St. Louis Park State of the Community for her 25 years of social work in SLP. STEP is very proud to have Julie with us and we congratulate her on this well deserved award!

Summer Needs at STEP

Items such as toilet paper, laundry soap and dish soap can be hard for us to purchase, but are of high need for the families we serve. Can you help us stock up so we can serve our families all summer long?

We are in high need of more kid-friendly items like cereal, peanut butter, jelly, applesauce, canned fruit (in juice, not syrup) and canned meat. Follow the link  to purchase online and have the donation sent right to STEP! Thank you!

Registration for Back to School Program

Back to School Program

STEP provides new school supplies and backpacks to St. Louis Park children whose guardians cannot afford school supplies.

STEP accesses school supply lists from the local school district and packs bags accordingly. If children attend schools outside of St. Louis Park, parents are encouraged to provide a list at the time of registration and STEP will make every attempt to accommodate this list.

Back to School Registration 2019

Register for STEP’s Back to School Program

July 1 through August 9

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:

  1. During a scheduled food shelf appointment OR
  2. During the following hours* (NO appointment necessary):
    • Mon & Wed 8am – 10am & 12:30pm – 3:30pm
    • Tuesday 12:30pm – 3:30pm & 5pm – 7:30pm
    • Thursday 8am – 10:30 am
    • Friday 8am – 10:30 am

                                     *Please expect to wait for the soonest available staff member.

Documents needed to register each child:

  • 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.
  • School supply list for children NOT attending SLP schools.

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


Programa de Regreso a la Escuela 2019

Regístrense para los Útiles Escolares de STEP Julio 1- Agosto 9

Registración para los niños que viven en St. Louis Park entrando en los grados K-12.

Regístrense en una de dos maneras:

  1. Durante su cita para comida o
  2. Durante los siguientes tiempos (sin cita) *hay que esperar a que un trabajador esté disponible.
    • Lunes & Miércoles 8am-10am & 12:30-3:30
    • Martes 12:30pm-3:30pm & 5pm-7:30
    • Jueves 8am-10:30am
    • Viernes 8am-10:30 am

Para registrar hay que traer para cada niño:

  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

Transportation Needs


We are looking for individuals to provide transportation for clients to/from medical appointments OR to/from STEP for food shelf appointments. Volunteers who can commit to providing two or more rides per month for at least twelve months is preferred. Volunteer hours are flexible and dependent on client appointment times Most medical rides are within Hennepin County. Last year, STEP Volunteer Drivers provided over a thousand rides to seniors and homebound individuals. This program provides volunteers with a unique opportunity to interact with individuals of varied ages, ethnic backgrounds and abilities.     

Prospective volunteers must be able to pass a MN BCA background check and MN Driver’s record check, provide their own vehicle and possess a current Driver’s License and Auto Insurance.

Please contact STEP’s Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested in this volunteer opportunity:

Mari-Claire Dart

952-925-4899 ext. 1800

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

STEP hosted our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for over 100 volunteers and their guests in celebration of Volunteer Appreciation Month. We can’t think of a better way to thank our volunteers than by treating them to dinner and a (silly) show! Special thanks to Westwood Lutheran Church for hosting us and for Ben & Jerry’s for donating ice cream for dessert!

Meet STEP’s New Development Director

STEP now has a new Development Director! Below she shares a little about herself and why she’s happy to be at STEP.


My name is Faith Mainor and I am the new Development Director for STEP. I am so excited to be at STEP and back in Minnesota where I grew up. I am originally from Eden Prairie, I moved to Denver in 2007 to attend college and start my career in the nonprofit sector. I have recently relocated back to Minneapolis to accept the position here at STEP and start a family with my husband Ben.


I’ve had a passion for the nonprofit sector since I was young, and my parents introduced me volunteering. After I graduated from high school I took a year off and traveled to Kenya to work in a children’s orphanage. It was a life changing experience and I realized that I wanted to spend my career working in the nonprofit sector. When I returned home I moved to Denver to start school. Over the years I have worked in many different positions throughout the nonprofit sector which has only enforced my passion for nonprofit work.


When I saw the job posting for a development director at STEP I knew I wanted the job and applied right away. I was drawn to STEP’s mission and the overwhelming support STEP receives from the community in donations and volunteer time. I’m very happy to be here and I look forward to meeting all of you in the coming months.