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.

MN FoodShare March Campaign

A heart-felt thank you to all who participated in making this year’s Minnesota FoodShare Month a success!  We are so grateful for the individual donors, businesses and faith communities who partnered with us to help fill up the food shelf!  Thanks to you, families who use our services will have a variety of foods to choose from and STEP will receive a challenge grant based in part on our March donations received.  Thank you!

Volunteer Appreciation

The month of April is Volunteer Appreciation Month! At STEP, we are beyond appreciative for our many dedicated volunteers. We have over 120 volunteers that donate their time for a four hour shift once a week, sometimes more! These volunteer hours add up to be the equivalent of over nine full-time staff.

One of the many things that make my job here at STEP amazing is getting to work with these dedicated volunteers every day, and seeing how much is accomplished for our community through the hours of volunteering that they give. Day in and day out, they work to sort, stock, and give out thousands of pounds of food each week. Our volunteers work every day to ensure the community can make appointments, shop for healthful food options and shop for clothing in a warm, inviting and respectful environment. They do difficult jobs like cleaning, lifting heavy cases and sorting through less than appetizing produce so that STEP can offer our services to the St. Louis Park community.

Volunteering is a crucial part of our community, and may even give you the chance to spend time on something you are passionate about. There are volunteer positions to fit everyone’s schedule and skill set, and a variety of incredible local programs deserving of your time energy. I encourage you to find an opportunity and give volunteering a try, or show your appreciation to a volunteer you know!

Thank You Volunteers!  

You really are the true heart of STEP! 

Read the full article about our volunteers by Allison Bittner, STEP Food Shelf and Volunteer Coordinator in the upcoming St. Louis Park Sun Sailor! 

Thank You for Making Empty Bowls a Success

Thank you to all who helped make the 16th annual St. Louis Park Empty Bowls a tremendous success!

This was a record setting Empty Bowls event with the most attendees to date as well as money raised to support the mission of STEP. Over one thousand community members joined together over a simple meal of soup and bread and raised over $32,000 for STEP programs to respond to basic needs in St. Louis Park. The event demonstrated that this community is truly committed to filling neighbors’ empty bowls.


Empty Bowls was an all-encompassing St. Louis Park event. All the soup and bread was donated by St. Louis Park businesses. The incredible entertainment was presented by St. Louis Park performers. Our friendly guest soup servers were the wonderful SLP school principals, superintendent, early childhood guru, and the mayor.


We’d like to thank our Empty Bowls committee for pulling off the event. Thank you April, Juliane, Sue, Max, Pat, George, Matt, Jackie, Greg, John, Rebecca, Mary Beth, and Sadie!


The event couldn’t have been successful without the 100+ volunteers, the entertainers, the soup and bread donors, the fine arts donors, the sponsors, and the 1000+ attendees and donors. Details on everyone can be found on STEP’s website.


Mark your calendar for the 17th annual St. Louis Park Empty Bowls: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018


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.

Thank you for supporting Empty Bowls

Thank you for your donation to support filling empty bowls in our community! Your donation will assist STEP programs devoted to empowering lives and restoring hope in St. Louis Park.


Empty Bowls

Click here to donate to Empty Bowls

16th annual St. Louis Park Empty Bowls

Food insecurity is a reality in our community. Please join us and show your commitment to eliminating hunger in St. Louis Park.
Community members of all ages are invited to join together for a simple meal of soup and bread provided by local restaurants for lunch (11:30-1:30) or dinner (5:00-7:30). The event will include music entertainment and children’s activities. Participants will receive a handmade pottery bowl to take home as a reminder of empty bowls in our community. No tickets or reservations are required. A free-will donation will benefit the programs of the St. Louis Park Emergency Program.
Each year, STEP serves approximately four thousand St. Louis Park residents with nutritional support, clothing, transportation, and emergency rental assistance. STEP has been empowering lives and restoring hope in the city for forty years.

March 9, 2017

Lunch: 11:30am-1:30pm

 Dinner: 5:00pm-7:30pm

Westwood Lutheran Church

9001 Cedar Lake Rd, St. Louis Park, MN 55426

This event is made possible by being generously hosted by Westwood Lutheran Church.

It is a zero-waste event thanks to assistance from the City of St. Louis Park.

STEP thanks Empty Bowls Gold Sponsor, Citizens Independent Bank!

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Fine Arts Donors

Entertainment Schedule

Soup & Bread Donors

Special Guest Soup Servers


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.