About Us

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.

The Council of Churches
The Council of Churches consists of a representative from each member church. These representatives are the heart and soul of the organization as they keep their churches informed and coordinate the volunteers that provide our services.  For many years, the church representatives made up the Board of Directors. In 2019 it was decided to create a smaller, more efficient Board reflecting the broader community. The Council of Churches meets quarterly and has a representative on the Board of Directors.

Want to join our mission?
If your church is not one of our member churches, and you would like to know more about the opportunities for serving our community, please call 218-444-6580 and reach out to our Director or our Volunteer Coordinator to learn about how your church can help feed our neighbors.

Radio and Television Spots

PRX Northern Community Radio

Lakeland PBS Insight

KBXE Morning Show

Mission Monday – United Way