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Access to Healthy Food

CLUES connects our community to nutritious foods and other resources to keep families healthy.

Eating healthy foods is essential to living a long and healthy life.

However, many in our community face barriers to accessing adequate healthy food for their families.

CLUES offers a variety of programs to help increase access to and knowledge about healthy and nutritious food.

SNAP – Nutritional Assistance

CLUES can help you or your family apply for financial assistance through SNAP (food stamps). SNAP is a federal program that provides funds to individuals and families in need to purchase food each month. Even if you are not a US Citizen, if you have US-born children, you may qualify.

To make an appointment for SNAP enrollment assistance, contact:

Perla Montoya

Canasta Familiar – Free Food Distribution

Canasta Familiar is a free food distribution program held every Monday at CLUES St. Paul and every Wednesday at CLUES Minneapolis offices.

Each week, Canasta Familiar receives donations that includes fresh produce (fruits and vegetables), meat and other non-perishable items. Foods vary according to availability.

Families can choose their food and select the items that are most appropriate for their home. There is a limit of one basket per family. Read the full program guidelines here.

Mondays, 3-6 pm
CLUES St. Paul
797 East 7th St., St. Paul MN 55106

Wednesdays, 2-5 pm
CLUES Minneapolis
CareerForce Center
777 East Lake Street. Minneapolis, MN 55407

Every 4th Friday of each month, 2- 5pm 
In Austin, MN
Temporary location: Mower County Fair
700 12th St. SW Austin, MN, 55912

For information on Canasta Familiar, contact:

Janelle Calvo-Nieto

Healthy Cooking and Eating

CLUES is launching more healthy eating programs in 2020 including a community garden, cooking demonstrations and community meals. Check back for more information soon!

For information on other Nutrition and Food Access programming, contact:

Janelle Calvo-Nieto

CLUES is partnering with Valley Outreach in the work of building healthy, hunger-free communities. Funding is provided by Greater Twin Cities United Way and United Health Group.

Monday-Friday: 8:30am - 5pm
Saturday-Sunday: Closed 

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CareerForce Center
777 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Tel.: 612-746-3500
Fax: 651-292-0347


797 East 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106

Tel.: 651-379-4200
Fax: 651-292-0347


111 Main St. N
Austin, MN, 55912

Tel.: 507-355-2575


324 3rd Street SW #2
Willmar, MN 56201

Tel.: 320-262-5106

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