About Us


Raffle Prizes: Here are some of the amazing prizes we will be raffling off on June 27th at Paul Bunyan Park. Thank you to all of our donors! For raffle tickets or more information, please call the food shelf at 218-444-6580.

$675 Cash
One night stay at Kohl’s Resort (up to 4 people)
6 Suite tickets to a men’s BSU hockey game
Bar 209: $25 Gift card
Bemidji Bowl: (5) $20 Gift card
Bemidji Brewing: $25 Gift card
Bemidji Downtown Meats: $25 Gift certificate
Bemidji Marina: Boat cleaner, car roof pad for transport
Bemidji Veterinary Hospital: (3) $50 Gift certificates
Bemidji Woolen Mills: $100 Gift certificates
Bill’s Base Camp: $20 Gift card
Brigid’s Pub: $20 Gift certificate
Carquest: Free services (tire balance, tire rotation, front and rear brake check, all systems code scan, oil change), worth $115
Compass Rose: $20 Gift certificate
Harmony Co-Op: $25 Gift card
Jimmy John’s: Hat and free sandwich coupons
Lily Pad Yoga: Gift certificate for 5 drop ins, worth $100
Stittsworth Meats: T-shirt and sweater
Walmart: $100 Gift card

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.

BCFS in the news:

PRX Northern Community Radio

Lakeland PBS Insight

KBXE Morning Show

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.