About Us


BCFS Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting will be held February 14, 2019 at noon at Bethel Lutheran Church, 5232 Irvine Ave. NW, Bemidji. The meeting will start with a soup luncheon, and will be followed by our annual reports and a recognition ceremony. BCFS has restructured its board of directors in order to be more inclusive and efficient. Please come to help us thank our out-going board members for their dedication and commitment, and to welcome our new board of directors.

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 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.