Beginning in March 2020, Growing Up Healthy quickly collaborated with more than 10 community partners and Faribault-area faith organizations to establish a mobile food distribution initiative in Faribault. More than 1,000 Rice County households have been reached through this collaborative effort since April, removing transportation and language barriers and improving food access for those most in need. From April-October 2020, 7,040 boxes of food were distributed. Food deliveries in select neighborhoods will continue as long as resources are available.
For a complete list of food access programs in Rice County, see the Rice County Public Health website.
Upcoming Mobile Food Distribution
Can you help?
We need community support to keep this effort going! Click here to donate.
Interested in volunteering? Contact Becky Ford, Faribault Youth Investment Director, email@example.com
All other inquiries may be directed to 507-405-5658 (habla español).
Thank you to our funders:
Thank you to our partners:
Faribault-area faith community – thank you!
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s in the food box?
Each week, the food available for pick-up will vary depending on the source(s) (sources include Channel One Food Bank, The Food Group, and Hosanna Church). All food is non-perishable (cans, boxes). Food in the emergency food boxes from Channel One Food Bank may contain pork.
Do I need to register?
No! Just come to one of the sites to pick up food.
Can I pick up a food box for someone else?
Yes! You will need to provide the name and street address for the person you are helping, as well as that person’s household information: number of children in the household (ages birth-17), number of adults in the household (ages 18-64), and number of seniors in the household (age 65+). Please bring that information with you.
Can I go to any site?
Who can get the box? How do I know if I qualify?
We will have signs at each site explaining that the food is intended for families in need. When you arrive at a site to pick up food, please review the information on the signs and ask a volunteer if you have any questions.
What if I’m not able to pick up the box on-site because I have a disability?
Please call 507-405-5658 and we will connect you with a volunteer who may be able to help.
What data do you collect? Why do you need to collect data?
We will collect your name, street address, and household information: number of children in the household (ages birth-17), number of adults in the household (ages 18-64), and number of seniors in the household (age 65+). Please bring that information with you. Your personal information will be kept confidential. This initiative is being supported by the Community Action Center Food Shelf, who will safely store the data. Only aggregate data (names removed) is shared with our donors, to demonstrate how many households are benefiting from the funding they provided for this initiative.
Is this only for Faribault families?
This initiative is intended for Faribault-area families. Northfield-area families are encouraged to reach out to the Community Action Center Food Shelf for assistance. For additional food resources, visit the Rice County website.
How long will this service be available?
Our goal is to serve families each week during Minnesota’s Stay Safe order, as long as resources are available.
Can my neighborhood be one of your sites?
Please call 507-405-5658 if you feel your neighborhood has a number of families in need who are unable to access food from one of the current sites. We will be happy to talk with you about whether resources could be identified to expand services.