More than 200 people took part in this year's Empty Bowls community dinner and educational festival at Hamline University in April. The student-led event, sponsored by the University's Office of Service Learning and Volunteerism, raised more than $1,000 for Keystone's food shelves. Christine...
Basic Needs Program
Helping families in economic crisis
The Keystone Basic Needs Program strives to support low income individuals and families so that they have foundational supports in place to be self-sufficient, stable and successful. Keystone helps feed the hungry and assists people in crisis in a large service area in Ramsey County — from downtown St. Paul to Roseville, from Little Canada to the Midway and the North End neighborhoods of St. Paul.
Food and other necessities are provided to individuals year-round through three food shelves and a mobile food distribution program, Keystone's Foodmobile. The food shelves and Foodmobile use a “client choice” system, giving eligible individuals the opportunity to select food according to their families’ needs. Clients may receive services at the foodshelf once a month. Get locations and information on how to access services.
In addition to food shelves, Keystone’s emergency assistance program provides information and referral services and links people in emergency situations to community resources for housing, utilities and other basic needs. To learn more, call 651-917-3883.
In partnership with the Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative, Keystone also provides school-linked case management services for families within the four suburban Ramsey school districts. To learn more, call 651-603-6655.
To meet the growing demand for services, Keystone relies on the generosity of volunteers who staff the food shelves and on regular donors of food and cash, including area churches, businesses and individuals. Get a list (PDF) of most needed foodshelf items.