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!

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.

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.