Emergency COVID-19 Procedures in Effect
Due to the national state of emergency regarding COVID-19, starting Monday, March 23, customers will no longer be allowed inside the Food Shelf. Customers will wait in their vehicles and volunteers or staff will bring out pre-packed boxes. We want to do our very best to support our community during this difficult time while keeping our customers and volunteers as safe as we possibly can. Beginning immediately, the food shelf will be closed Fridays until further notice. If we all pull together we can beat this!
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange a time.
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