Back to School Supply Drive

Back to School Supply Drive

School supply donations are accepted during the months of May, June, July and August. STEP packs a bag for each registered St. Louis Park child based on the supply list for their school and grade.

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

School supply donations should be donated to STEP by August 12, 2019.

Click on Amazon School Supply Wish List and Target School Supply Wish List to donate supplies online.  Items purchased online will be sent directly to STEP.

Donations can be dropped off at STEP at 6812 W. Lake St. in St. Louis Park.  For more information, please call STEP at 952-925-4899.

Donation Hours

STEP in Steel Toe Event

STEP in Steel Toe

When: July 24th 2019 5- 7 pm

Where: Steel Toe Brewery

What: Come enjoy Steel Toe beer while helping STEP prevent Homelessness in St. Louis Park!

Tickets: $20 and include three samples. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets well ahead of time. Tickets can be purchased HERE. Tickets are will-call. No need to bring print outs to the event. You will simply be asked to provide your name.

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

There will be a food truck and Camp Cheesecake.

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 – 11 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-11:00am

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

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!

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Wish List

Have you ever felt the desire to donate to STEP and just weren’t sure what we needed?  Well, we have a solution to that conundrum!  We have started a Target Wish list that we will be regularly updating with items that are of current need at STEP.
We can usually order basic food staples at a great discount from other sources, but there are many non-food items or specialty items that we cannot source through those options.  If you are looking for ideas on how to support STEP check out and share the wish list.
Thank you!

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 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.