Foodmobile

The Foodmobile brings food shelf services directly to people with transportation barriers.
Foodmobile Photo

The Foodmobile Brings Food Shelf Services Directly to People

Introduced in 2015, Keystone’s Foodmobile is our food shelf on wheels. This innovative model brings food shelf services directly to people who have transportation barriers or who live in neighborhoods that lack access to full grocery stores. Our Foodmobile travels throughout St. Paul and the northern suburbs of Ramsey County to bring nutritious food to people in need.

How it works

Our mobile food shelf has refrigerated and frozen compartments so that it can provide the same variety of foods as our three food shelf locations. Keystone strategically partners with organizations to offer distributions in areas of high need. Foodmobile participants can easily walk to distributions which saves time, money and stress for families with small children, people with mobility issues or people who have barriers getting to our food shelf locations. Today the Foodmobile offers 23 distributions every month.

Volunteer on the Foodmobile

Access Foodmobile Services

For people needing emergency food support we are pleased to offer public Foodmobile distribution events. Please note that the Foodmobile is a Keystone food shelf and thus participants can only access services once a month.

To access Foodmobile services, please bring a photo ID and current piece of official mail with you. New participants to Keystone should be prepared to fill out a short intake form on your first visit. Participants are encouraged to bring your own shopping bags. If you have any questions about the Foodmobile, please contact us.

Contact Us

Foodmobile Public Distribution Schedule

Come visit the Foodmobile at one of our public distribution events. Please note, the Foodmobile may leave a distribution site early if participation is slow at the site. We advise arriving early in the distribution time period.

  • October

    October 4

    • Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    • Location: St. Paul College, 235 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102

    October 10

    • Time: 3:00–5:00 p.m.
    • Location: St. Michael’s Church, 1660 County B W, Roseville, MN 55113

    October 11

    • Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    • Location: St. Paul College, 235 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102

    October 12

    • Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
    • Location: Heritage House Apartments, 218 7th Street East, St. Paul, MN 55101

    October 19

    • Time: 1:00– 3:00 p.m.
    • Location: Central Towers Apartments, 20 E. Exchange Street, St. Paul, MN 55101

    October 25

    • Time: 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
    • Location: Montreal Court Apartments, 296 Labore Road, Little Canada, MN 55117

    October 26

    • Time: 2:00–4:00 p.m.
    • Location: NorthStar Estates, 3001 Country Drive, Little Canada, MN 55117
  • November

    November 1

    • Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    • Location: St. Paul College, 235 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102

    November 8

    • Time:10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    • Location: St. Paul College, 235 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102

    November 14

    • Time: 3:00–5:00 p.m.
    • Location: St. Michael’s Church, 1660 County B W, Roseville, MN 55113

    November 16

    • Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
    • Location: Heritage House Apartments, 218 7th Street East, St. Paul, MN 55101

    November 17

    • Time: 2:00–4:00 p.m.
    • Location: NorthStar Estates, 3001 Country Drive, Little Canada, MN 55117

    November 29

    • Time: 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
    • Location: Montreal Court Apartments, 296 Labore Road, Little Canada, MN 55117

    November 30

    • Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    • Location: Central Towers Apartments, 20 E. Exchange Street, St. Paul, MN 55101

Meet Wendell, Foodmobile Participant

Wendell, Keystone participant standing in front of Foodmobile

Wendell appreciates the Foodmobile

After attending a college that turned out to be a fraud, and a few years spent feeling adrift and in debt, Wendell, age 37, is now working hard to create a positive future for himself. As an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, he created a youth financial literacy program to help kids learn the skills they need to manage money early in life. The experience has also helped Wendell learn to better manage his own finances. But even with the AmeriCorps position, which pays a small stipend, and two other part-time jobs, he frequently runs out of money by the end of the month. When that happens, he’s glad he can visit Keystone’s Foodmobile.

“Sometimes food is lacking because I don’t make enough money to cover everything, like rent, my car payment, insurance, gas and electricity,” Wendell explains. “So when I run out of food at home, the Foodmobile is the best place to go because I can get milk and eggs and things like that to keep me going until I get paid and can grocery shop again,” he says.

Service Like None Other

Over the years, Wendell has been to a lot of different food shelves. Some experiences were good. But there were also times when he felt uncomfortable and struggled to get support. The Foodmobile, though, has always been welcoming, especially Foodmobile Manager, Ilon Preston.

“When I first visited the Foodmobile, Ilon was very kind and explained exactly what I could get and how much I could get,” he says. “He even held the bags for me as I did my shopping, and that was really cool. It made me feel comfortable, and I wasn’t made to feel bad because I didn’t have money and ran out of food.”

Keep our Foodmobile Stocked