Free Food Store for Needy Sees Increased Demand

Free Food Store for Needy Sees Increased Demand Click to Enlarge Photo: Unsplash

(KNSI) - A local food shelf needs more help as need for food and supplies increases during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jess Lundsetter, one of the organizers of the Free Food Store at Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell says they have had more people ask for help, including elderly people in retirement communities who have trouble traveling around to pick up food and supplies like toilet paper.

Lundetter says just last week they dropped off orders to residents at the Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids. She estimates the delivery would cost over $250 if they had to pay for it.

She also says that the food store remains available to anyone in the community, not just those of a certain religion or affiliated with certain groups.

The food store opened at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic when Lundsetter and other community members noticed a need and worked together to set up the free food store.

She says the food store's outreach has served hundreds of families in the area and they can serve more if their shelves can stay stocked.

Lundsetter is asking for the community's help to donate perishable and non-perishable food items as well as household supplies such as paper towels and cleaning supplies to help families in need, look below for a full list of what is needed:

Fresh or Frozen:

Fruit • Vegetables • Meat


1. Tacos

a. Shells

b. Ground beef

c. Shredded cheese

d. Seasoning packet

e. Refried beans

f. Rice

g. Corn

h. Fresh veggies & toppings

2. Hamburger or Tuna Helpers

a. Ground beef

b. Canned tuna

c. Boxed Helpers

3. Boneless skinless Chicken breasts and Potatoes

a. Bag of potatoes

b. Bag of frozen chicken breasts

4. Breakfast for Dinner

a. Pancake mix & syrup

b. Eggs

c. Sausage or bacon

d. Hash browns

5. Pasta

a. Spaghetti or other noodles

b. Pasta sauce

c. Ground Beef

6. Tator tot Hotdish

a. Bag of tator tots

b. Ground beef

c. Creamed Soup

d. Canned or frozen vegetables

e. Shredded cheese

f. Rice

Sides • Lunch • Snacks:

1. Mac n Cheese, Ramen, Pasta sides, Rice sides

2. Nuggets, Fish Stix, Pizza Pockets, Pizza, Corndogs

3. Frozen Potatoes: fries, tots, wedges etc.

4. Bread, Lunch Meat, Peanut Butter, Jelly

5. Cheese, Butter, Eggs

6. Yogurt

7. Canned Spaghetti O's & Ravioli

8. Sloppy Joe mix and Ground beef

9. Canned Tuna and Chicken, Mayo

10. Crackers, granola bars, fruit snacks etc.


1. Pancake mix & syrup

2. Frozen waffles

3. Poptarts

4. Cereal

5. Eggs


1. Milk

2. Juice

Household Cleaning:

1. Laundry supplies

2. Spray Bottles (clean & empty), Disinfecting Sprays or Wipes

3. Dish Soap

4. Paper towels

5. Toilet Paper

6. Kleenex


1. Hand soap and sanitizer

2. Body soap

3. Shampoo and Conditioner

4. Toothpaste and Toothbrushes

5. Deodorant

6. Feminine products: pads and tampons


1. Baby Diapers sizes 1-6

2. Baby Wipes

To donate, contact either Jess Lundsetter (j.lundsetter@gmail.com) or Tyler Malotky (tylermalotky@gmail.com) to schedule a curbside pickup of perishable items.

Non-perishable items can be dropped off at Celebration Lutheran Church, 1500 Pinecone Road North in Sartell. Monetary and gift card donations can be mailed to the same address attention to CLC Free Food Store.