About Us

Building re-opened October 5

Our building reopened October 5 2020. Our hours are Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Customers take a number near the north door then wait in their vehicle until their number shows on the electronic display.


Food Shelf Photo Story by Annie Braught 2019

Mission Statement
Bemidji Community Food Shelf is a faith-based, caring place that listens to those who are experiencing food insecurity. We work with our partners to be inclusive and to provide fresh, nourishing foods for those living in Beltrami County and the Bemidji School District.

Organization history
Bemidji Food Shelf (BCFS) is a nonprofit (IRS Reg. 501c3) organization founded during the summer of 1982. Realizing that the need for food was greater than any one church could handle, a group of twelve churches joined hands. The food shelf now has 17 member churches and serves approximately 3,000 families at a large facility in the Industrial Park, distributing over 925,000 pounds of food in 2019. We purchase just over half our food, and partner with area stores for donations for the remainder. We have a full-time director and four part-time staff, and over 700 volunteers from the community.

Board of Directors
The Board of Directors meets every other month on the second Thursday of the month.  Everyone is welcome.  Call BCFS at 218-444-6580 for more information.

Executive Board
The Executive Committee, consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Coordinator meets monthly. If you have a matter for consideration, please call Mary at 218-444-6580.

Need a Speaker?
A member of the BCFS Executive Board will attend a meeting at your church, organization, business or club to provide useful information and answer any questions you might have about the Food Shelf. Just call (218) 444-6580 or email (bcfs@paulbunyan.net) to arrange a time.

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Radio and Television Spots

PRX Northern Community Radio

Lakeland PBS Insight

KBXE Morning Show

Mission Monday – United Way