27149550_sSpecial Note: Running approximately July 17 to August 31, 2017, there will be roadwork in the alley behind STEP. This will significantly impact parking and access to the building during the duration of the project. As of 8/15, the parking lot and alley are again accessible. Further temporary disruptions may occur until the project is complete.

Please see our roadwork update page for the latest details. 

Be part of eliminating hunger in St. Louis Park. Help fill STEP’s food shelves with your own food drive. We rely heavily on community-led food drives, large and small.

What we need: STEP is in need of the everyday non- perishable and household items you use every day in your household. Think or your favorite meal ingredients, the spices you cook with all the time, and the healthy foods you and/or your family eat on a regular basis. We also need those every day non-food household items like toilet paper, paper towels, napkins and cleaning products.

What we don’t need: STEP does not accept perishable (refrigerated or frozen) items, used, open, damaged or outdated food. Please carefully check expiration dates before donating items to STEP.


  • Canned and dry Beans (kidney, garbanzo, black, pinto)
  • Canned tuna, chicken, ham or salmon
  • Lentils
  • Baked beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Soup
  • Chili


  • Cereal
  • Pasta of all types
  • Rice (brown and white)
  • Flour/ Masa cornmeal


  • Spaghetti/ pasta sauce
  • Vegetables (low or no sodium)
  • Tomatoes (diced, whole, paste)
  • Applesauce
  • Fruit in juice (not syrup)


  • Spices
  • Cooking oil/olive oil/ vinegar
  • Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, salsa, fish sauce, salad dressing)
  • Coffee and tea
  • Salt, pepper


  • Laundry soap
  • Stain remover
  • Dryer sheets
  • Dish soap
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Paper towels


  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Dental floss
  • Bar soap
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Hand and body lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Female hygiene items
  • First aid supplies
  • Shaving toiletries
  • Hand sanitizer


  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Formula
  • Diaper rash lotion
  • Baby wash

Click here for STEP’s top 11 food drive list. Want to do a specialty or theme drive? Contact Allison for more information regarding Holiday food, Back to School food drives, or baby shower theme collections. Check out STEP’s guide to Organizing a Food Drive.