About Us


YOU can make the difference for an area family!

Donate during March to help us with summer food purchases when families have to feed children who are home from school. Your donation of food and dollars will receive a partial match through the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. Contact us information about how to host a food and/or fund drive. Please help us make our goal of $110,000 and 40,000 pounds of food!


BCFS is Hiring!

Looking to work outside this summer? Do you enjoy cultivating the earth and gathering the harvest? Perhaps your calling is to work with volunteers of all ages and demographics while educating our clients about the produce we are providing.  If the answer is yes, apply today to join the team as the Farm Assistant at the Bemidji Community Food Shelf!

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Mission Statement

The 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

The 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 700,000 pounds of food per year. 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 monthly on the second Thursday of the month.  Everyone is welcome.  Call BCFS at 218-444-6580 for more information.

Executive Board and Advisory Committee

The Executive Committee, consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Coordinator meets monthly with the Advisory Committee. If you are interested in serving on the Advisory Committee, please contact Mary at BCFS, 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.