The Foodmobile brings food shelf services directly to people with transportation barriers.
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 25+ distributions every month.
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.
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.
Location: Wabasha Apartments, 545 Wabasha Street N, St Paul, MN 55102
Meet Ruby, Foodmobile Participant
Ruby Appreciates the Foodmobile services
Ruby has always been budget-conscious person. But money can only be stretched so far. A hard worker who enjoyed owning her own townhome, she now lives in affordable housing on a fixed income after breaking her ankle and being diagnosed with lupus and other health problems. All of that change hasn’t been easy.
But Ruby isn’t one to just make the best of things. She strives to make things better. One way she brings joy into her community is by bringing people together around home-cooked meals. That’s why she’s grateful for Keystone’s Foodmobile, a mobile food shelf that distributes free food in high-need areas of St. Paul. Once a month, the Foodmobile stops right outside Ruby’s building and she, and many other residents, are right there to meet it.
“Without that help from the Foodmobile, I don’t know what a lot of people here would do because they don’t have much money left after they pay rent and utilities. Seeing that bus brings a smile to a lot of people’s faces because they know they can make it for the rest of the month,” Ruby says.