Holiday Train stops in St. Louis Park December 11

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is Coming!  


The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train returns to St. Louis Park Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. This stop is presented by The Webb Group-ReMax Results.

The festivities will start by 4:30 p.m., including music and warm food and beverages, from SLP American Legion Post 282SLP NestMuddy Paws CheesecakeAcacia Order of the Eastern StarNorth Star Donuts, and Sandy’s Grill.

The Holiday Train’s estimated arrival is 6:00 p.m. The concert from the train will only be view able from the west side of the tracks. Once the train pulls in, it will not be possible to cross to the other side. This year’s concert will be performed by Willy Porter and The Trews.


Due to the anticipated large crowd, attendees are encouraged to allow time to park and walk to site well in advance. Click here to view Holiday Train Parking Map

The event is FREE, but attendees are asked to bring a food or financial donation for STEP.

The mission of the Holiday Train is to address food insecurity in the communities it stops. All the latest details will be posted leading up to the event on the Facebook Event Page.

Holiday Train hats will be available for purchase at STEP the night of the Holiday Train.
We hope to see you there!

The mission of the Holiday Train is to address food insecurity in the communities it stops.


The St. Louis Park stop of the Holiday Train is presented by The Webb Group of Re/Max Results.



American Legion SLP Post

The Excelsior Group

Park Tavern


Citizens Independent Bank

Discover St. Louis Park

Julie and John Huber

Shops at the West End

STATION MASTER SPONSOR ($250 or in-kind event support)

Acacia Chapter 272


Beltline Properties

The Block Restaurant

Corporate 4 Insurance Agency

Gleason Printing

Judson K Champlin / Westman Champlin & Koehler

Minneapolis Window Shade Co.

Muddy Paws Cheesecake

North Star Donuts


SLP Nest

sota clothing

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

***On 12/11 STEP services will close at 2pm due to the Holiday Train. Toy Registration limited to 12:30-2. We are sorry for the inconvenience***

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
  • ***El Martes 11 de diciembre STEP cerrara a las 2pm por un evento.  Registración para el programa de juguetes será solamente de 12:30-2 ese día.  Gracias por su entendimiento***

(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.

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 and search “STEP”.

See you there!

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.