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promote self sufficiency, and build community.



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Emergency Services

If you are in immediate need of assistance, please call us at 651-455-1508.

Neighbors operates the food shelf for northern Dakota County. It is perhaps the largest and most widely known of any Neighbors’ program. The generous support of people, churches, companies and organizations of all kinds provide food for individuals and families in need of short-term assistance. Each family served through the food shelf receives sufficient food for three meals a day for a week.


Applying for food shelf assistance:


To visit the food shelf, clients must:

  • Demonstrate they are in immediate need of food

  • Provide a picture ID

  • Live in our service area (See below) and

  • Provide verification of their address.


The forms of address verification we accept are:

  • Utility bills

  • Telephone bills

  • Cable bills

  • Letter from Dakota County

If you live in our service area, but do not have one of these four forms of address verification, please call (651) 455-1508 to speak with an intake specialist.

Neighbors, Inc. Service Area: South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, and Sunfish Lake.

Food Shelf Location: 222 Grand Ave. W. South St. Paul, MN 55075

Food shelf Hours: We no longer schedule appointments to visit the food shelf. We now accept appointments on a first-come, first-serve basis. Intake for food shelf appointments begins at 8:45 a.m. and runs through 11:30 a.m. We close for lunch, but reopen at 1 p.m. and accept appointments until 3:30 p.m. We accept the first 15 clients each morning and afternoon shift. The food shelf is closed from 9:45 to 12:00 on the second Thursday of each month. For more information, call (651) 455-1508


Emergency Grants

This program is funded by Dakota County, the Federal Emergency Management Act and out of Neighbors’ general operating dollars. These grants allow us to provide assistance to persons who qualify and who are at risk of eviction or utility shutoff. In addition, a limited number of persons who need car repairs to get to work or to deal with a crisis, or who need financial assistance dealing with a medical need such as a co-payment for necessary medicine are assisted each year.


 Neighbors’ "Love Your Neighbor" program is designed to help people who are financially unable to provide holiday gifts for their immediate family. The program is entirely dependent on the generosity of our donors, who provide money, new clothes, new toys and nonperishable food items.





MAC (Mothers and Children) &
NAPS (Nutritional Assistance Providing Food for Seniors)

Neighbors serves as the distribution point in northern Dakota County for these federally sponsored supplemental food programs. Based on income eligibility, persons receive a monthly food package with approximately 60 pounds of food.


The Neighbors’ Clothes Closet, sells high-quality, low-priced clothing. It is open over 40 hours a week and makes it possible for us to provide no-cost clothing to those individuals and families who are unable to pay.


Unfortunately, there is no space available at Neighbors to store furniture so we are unable to take delivery of used furniture or appliances. However, our furniture match program allows us to connect those who have furniture or appliances to donate with those in need of such items.

Bakery Products
Each weekday volunteers stop by the local Cub and Rainbow stores in West St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights and pick up their day-old bakery product. Volunteers also collect items from the Target store in West St. Paul twice a week. This bakery product is made available to anyone who wishes to stop in and pick up what they need on a first-come, first-served basis. Folks are just asked to record their first name so we know how many people are served per year.

If you are in immediate need of assistance, please call us at 651-455-1508.



Contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Neighbors, Inc.

222 Grand Avenue West

South Saint Paul, MN 55075

Phone: 651-455-1508

Fax: 651-455-1319



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