How you can help


We are grateful for both donations of goods and monetary donations, however please keep in mind that, because of special programs and wholesale purchasing opportunities, a dollar donated goes much further than yours does at the grocery store.

We receive donations of food, personal care and cleaning supplies M, W, and F from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our warehouse delivery door on the south side of our building at 1260 Exchange Ave SE.

What can I donate?

  • Time
  • Personal care items
  • Our Family Brand UPC Barcodes – please include all the numbers. We send them in for a 5-cent per-label rebate.
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Unopened food dated up to one year out
  • Baby food with current dating
  • Pet food
  • Fresh garden produce
  • Bow-shot venison processed at a licensed facility and frozen
  • Gun-shot venison (must go through the Venison Donation Program – call 218-444-3580 for information)
  • Cash – You can mail or drop off a check, or give online through PayPal  HERE

Please note: We cannot accept open food, home-processed food, or food dated over one year out.

Items we especially need:

  • Personal Care items
  • Canned meats
  • Peanut Butter
  • Formula
  • Diapers

If you are planning a large food collection or drive, the Food Shelf would like to hear about it. As a courtesy, please call the Food Shelf to let the staff know of your plans and share the excitement!

Planned Giving

Please consider a bequest to the Bemidji Community Food Shelf. For more information, visit with your estate planner or financial advisor.