Holiday Resources 2016

Holiday Food and Toy Resources 2016

Information as of Tuesday, November 8, 2016


Please Note:  A number of Food Shelves are having Holiday food or possibly gift programs for their participants.  If you are registered with a particular Food Shelf or are otherwise getting food from a Food Shelf, please check with the food shelf staff directly.


Resources Open to Minneapolis families

UNITED WAY 2-1-1:  United Way receives information from organizations that are providing Holiday food, toys or gifts.  Call 2-1-1 or 651-291-0211.  They will search for programs within your zip code.

SALVATION ARMY TOY SHOP: For children up to age 14, LIVING IN Anoka, Carver,  Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright counties. Taking registrations at 651-746-3595, from November 7 through December 5, 2015, Monday through Friday, 9 am – 4 pm. (closed Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving.)  Must register by phone and obtain an appointment.  Documents required include Picture ID for adult and ID for each child in the household, such as Social Security card, Medical card, or school ID.  You cannot be registered for any other toy program, such as Toys for Tots. 

Registration may also be done on line at for those with an email address.  When you complete the form, your information will be given to an agency that can serve you.  They will be responsible for instructing you on how to pick up toys. 

The Salvation Army may allow homeless families to register if they have verification of a zip code, such as a letter from the location where they are staying or a letter from a shelter.  Check for that information at (651)746-3595.

TOYS FOR TOTS AND GIFTS FOR TEENS 2016(Covers the following counties only: Anoka, Blue Earth, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Freeborn, Hennepin, Ramsey, Rice, Sherburne, Scott, Washington and Wright.)     Toys are distributed through participating charitable organizations. On Nov. 23rd,  information will be available about the participating organizations.  Call United Way (see above) – at 2-1-1 or 651-291-0211, to learn which programs have toys for children. A child may only be registered through one charitable organization. Multiple registrations by different family members, at different locations, are not allowed. Only toy requests by family members with custodial responsibility are normally approved. Other requests are considered on a case by case basis. The age limit is 16 years old.

FARE FOR ALL EXPRESS  763-450-3880.              Offers a special Holiday pack.  Call to order and to find a site for pick up.  Holiday Pack for $30 – Available in November and December, holiday packs contain most of the fixings for a holiday meal, including a turkey in November and a ham in December.  Other food/packs available as well. 

Nov. 9th – South Mpls, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Nov. 11th – N Mpls, Northpoint


Hennepin County Resources


Adopt-A-Family REGISTRATION and Toys for Tots REGISTRATION will be at the following Thanksgiving basket host sites on Saturday, November 19th from 11:00-1:00 at:

Little Earth United Tribes gymnasium 2501 Cedar Ave S Mpls, MN 55404.

Only those who participate in our Thanksgiving basket program will be considered for our Adopt-A-Family program. With this in mind, those interested in registering for this program must register "in person" (I.D. required for the entire family) on Nov 19th from 11-1:00 pm

MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH:  2400 Park Avenue, S., Minneapolis, MN. 612-871-8831.  On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, (November 19, 2016) and Christmas (December 17, 2016) there will be food baskets given out to food shelf participants.  Must live in the Phillips Area-To the North: Highway 94; To the South: Lake Street; to the East:  Hiawatha Ave.; and to the West: -35W. Must have ID and proof of residence (utility bill, current mail.)

NEAR (North Suburban Emergency Assistance Response) 4803 Welcome Ave. N., Crystal 763-533-2836, .  Residents in northern Robbinsdale, New Hope and Crystal between 42nd Ave. N and 62nd Ave. N. For families participating in the food shelf, 

Thanksgiving and Christmas boxes of food are given. Toys, caps and mittens are given out on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Will accept families who are not registered at the Food Shelf, if they live within their area. Call to register Monday - Friday 9 am – 3 pm.


A joint program between the Blaisdell YMCA and Roosevelt High School.  The program has been giving families in South Minneapolis holiday dinners for 40 years.  The program serves diverse groups of low-income families as well as people with disabilities, and families in hard times. 

Friday, December 16

You are able to pick up your basket with a photo ID at the Roosevelt High School, 4029 28th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55406Baskets are also able to be delivered to your home between 11am-2pm, you must be present with photo ID and live in the South Minneapolis area.

Please call the Blaisdell YMCA after Thanksgiving at 612-729-7397 and leave your information to receive your holiday basket.

PLYMOUTH CHRISTIAN YOUTH CENTER  612-643-2000,     Serves North Minneapolis children ages Kindergarten – 8th grade.  Children may shop on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 9 am – 1 pm.  Must purchase tickets in advance - $1 per child, at Plymouth Christian Youth Center’s main building, 2210 Oliver Ave. N, Minneapolis.  $1 can purchase 5 gifts.