Ramsey County community partners and local organizations are offering resources and assistance during the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. This page will be updated on a regular basis with new information regarding food resources, housing resources, mental health crisis services and volunteer opportunities. Please check back for the latest information.
Please call a site before visiting in person to be sure you have the most up to date information.
Programs to increase monthly food budgets
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP, also known as food stamps, helps Minnesotans get the food they need for nutritious and well-balanced meals. If you had a loss of income, or change in circumstances, apply as soon as possible. If you qualify, you will receive monthly benefits on an EBT card (like a credit card) that can be used at many stores and farmers markets. To check your eligibility and apply please contact a community partner:
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
WIC participants receive benefits on an eWIC EBT card (like a credit card) that allow you to purchase healthy foods such as milk, cheese, eggs, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. WIC also offers nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support and community referrals. Due to COVID, all WIC services are being provided over the phone.
The WIC program is available for women, infants and children in Ramsey County that meet the following guidelines:
- Women that are pregnant.
- Women that have had a baby in the last 6 months.
- Women breastfeeding a baby less than 12 months old.
- Families with children up to the age 5.
Programs and services for all
Most Ramsey County food shelves are allowing anyone in need to come. Call first to find out reduced hours, locations and what you may need to bring to receive food.
- Food shelves (PDF coming soon)
Many organizations within Ramsey County are offering free prepared meals for you and your family. Due to COVID19, location, hours and services have changed. Call first for latest details.
- Free meals (PDF coming soon)
Programs for children under the age of 18
Free Meals for Kids mobile app
The app is a great way to help families and kids locate free healthy meals during the pandemic. Visit the links below to download the free app:
Meals for kids during statewide school closings
Hunger Solutions has collected information on where families and kids can go to get a free meal during Minnesota’s statewide school closures. View the meals for kids during COVID-19 map.
School districts offering free meals
Check with your local school district for up to date information on meal pickup locations and timing, delivery needs and school district specific requests or options.
Programs for seniors
Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS)
Second Harvest Heartland provides a box of nutritious food each month to low-income seniors 60 years old and over through the program. Program participants are given a box of highly nutritious food that may include canned fruits, vegetables and juices, milk, cheese, canned meat, peanut butter or dried beans, cereal, rice or pasta. Qualifying participants must be low-income Minnesota residents (seniors at 130% poverty level). Participants are required to provide recently postmarked mail with name and address, knowledge of current gross monthly household income, and picture ID. Call 651-484-8241 for eligibility to find a location. Interpreter services are available by calling 800-365-0270. Delivery is offered to home-bound seniors.
Help at Your Door
Help at Your Door offers grocery delivery service to seniors over 60 and individuals with disabilities across Minnesota’s seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area for a small fee. The fee may be reduced based on income. Visit the grocery assistance page or call 651-642-1892 for more information.
Food resources from other community partners
|Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, and East Champlin.|
|East Blaine, Lexington, Circle Pines, Lino Lakes and Centerville.|
|Woodbury, Oakdale, Landfall, and part of south Maplewood.|
|Comet's Cupboard||Concordia University Saint Paul students, staff and faculty.||651-641-8261|
|Franciscan Brothers of Peace Food Shelf||Saint Paul.||651-646-8586|
|Friends in Need||Saint Paul and surrounding area.||651-458-0730|
|Multiple metro locations.||612-217-4003|
|The Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf||Summit-University neighborhood of Saint Paul.||651-224-4601|
|Hugo, Centerville, portions of Lino Lakes and portions of White Bear Lake.|
|Hunger Solutions||Hunger relief information across Minnesota.||651-486-9860|
|Keystone Food Shelves||Saint Paul locations, no geographic restriction.||651-645-0349|
|Merrick Food Shelves||Maplewood residents and east side of Saint Paul residents.||651-287-2088|
|Neighborhood House Food Support Program||West side of Saint Paul and Sibley Manor in Highland Park.||651-789-2500|
|Neighbors, Inc. Food Shelf||South Saint Paul.||651-455-5000|
|North St. Paul Area Food Shelf||North St. Paul and Oakdale.||651-770-1309|
|Ralph Reeder Food Shelf||Mounds View Public School District.||651-621-6280|
|Saint Paul Public Schools Nutrition Services||All Saint Paul families.||651-603-4950|
|Salvation Army Eastside Corps||East side of Saint Paul.||651-776-8169|
|Second Harvest Heartland||Southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.||888-339-3663|
|Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities||Saint Paul.||651-292-1721|
|White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf||White Bear Area School District.||651-407-5310|
Housing Link has created a COVID-19 resource for renters page including specific information for renters in Minnesota regarding evictions, unemployment insurance, emergency assistance, food, utilities, internet and effective communication with landlords. The resource page tracks the executive orders of Governor Tim Walz regarding evictions and lease terminations during COVID-19.
Ramsey County works with a variety of local agencies to provide resources for people who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of becoming homeless or need emergency assistance to stay in their homes. View the Housing Services and Support page for additional homeless assistance information. Visit Heading Home Ramsey for additional community partner resources.
Housing resources from community partners
|American Indian Family Center||Thinica Owichakiyapi Thipi.||Rent assistance.||651-793-3803|
|Community Support Center||Homelessness prevention.||Works with residents of New Brighton, Mounds View, North Oaks, Shoreview and Arden Hills to prevent homelessness.||651-387-8050|
|Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES)||Homelessness prevention.||Rent assistance.||612-746-3550|
|Face to Face||Youth Homelessness Project.||Youth outreach and limited rent assistance.||651-772-9644|
|Lutheran Social Services||StreetWorks Collaborative.||Youth outreach.||651-354-3345|
|Minnesota Community Care||House calls.||Rent and utility shutoff assistance.||651-266-1290|
|Neighborhood House||FHPAP Housing Assistance.||Rent and utility shutoff assistance.||651-793-7340|
|YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities||Homelessness prevention and outreach.||Youth prevention and rent assistance.||763-493-3052|
Mental health crisis resources
Are you in crisis? Call 911 for immediate needs.
Mental health crisis services are available 24/7 for all adults and children. In the event of a mental health crisis call:
- Adult Mental Health Crisis Line: 651-266-7900.
- Children’s Mental Health Crisis Line: 651-266-7878.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233.
- Minnesota Mental Health Helpline: 800-862-1799.
View additional mental health crisis services information or find mental health community partners below.
|Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Resources||651-266-7900||Services for those to transition to community living when impaired with symptoms of mental illness.|
|651-645-6557||Services for women escaping sexual exploitation.|
|651-777-5222||Outpatient mental health diagnosis and treatment.|
Casa de Esperanza Advocacy
|651-772-1611||Services for people experiencing domestic violence.|
Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic
|651-266-7890||Care process with care coordinator.|
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics Behavioral Health
|651-220-6720||Psychological services for mental and chemical health.|
Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports
|651-262-5841||Mental health services for youth.|
Communidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)
|651-379-4200||Mental health for Spanish-speaking community members.|
Face to Face Counseling Services
|651-379-4200||For youth experiencing housing instability.|
Health Partners Clinics
|651-647-2100||Behavioral health and addiction services.|
Metro Social Services and Children’s Therapeutic Services
|651-647-0647||Mental and behavioral support services.|
|651-288-0400||Peer-to-peer approach by a team of professionally trained certified peer specialists.|
Northeast Youth & Family Services
|Mental health and social service agency serving people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds|
|651-774-0011||Mental health clinic.|
|952-826-8475||Offering teleheatlh services for new and established patients.|
Ramsey County Health and Human Services
|651-266-4000||Substance abuse treatment.|
SOS Sexual Violence Services
|651-266-1000||Free and confidential services for victims of sexual violence, their partners, families, friends and other concerned persons.|
|651-365-8289||Mental health clinic.|
US Veterans Affairs
Vietnamese Social Services of MN Elders Program
|651-644-1317||Resources for elders and their families.|
Wilder Day Services
|651-280-2500||Services for older persons who have disabilities.|
Volunteers play a critical role in serving our community. Ramsey County remains deeply grateful to the thousands of volunteers that donate their time and energy each year to help us deliver programs and services that enhance our quality of life.
If you are interested in volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic, the following organizations have information on local and remote opportunities.
Ramsey County is evaluating the best way to engage volunteers in our organization during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most volunteer opportunities are temporarily suspended as we switch to online and phone-based service delivery. Opportunities to serve through Ramsey County will be posted to our website as they are identified.
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Ramsey County needs additional support during the extended COVID-19 response. Learn more about MRC and sign up.