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 30+ 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, it is helpful if you bring a photo ID and current piece of official mail with you but these items are not required for you to receive food shelf services. 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: Roseville Covenant Church, 2865 Hamline Ave N, St Paul, MN 55113
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.
As you know, the Governor Walz issued an Executive Order directing Minnesotans to “Stay At Home” through April 10th. Keystone is an “essential” business and is part of the Twin Cities’ critical sector response to COVID-19. With this information, we will continue to operate our food shelf, crisis services, meals on wheels and case management programs that support our most vulnerable residents in St. Paul. The executive order also defines “workers” and “personnel” as employees, contractors, vendors and volunteers. This clearly allows our dedicated and wonderful volunteers to continue serving at Keystone during this time. We will have more limited staff in our buildings but remain committed to offering vital support to those who need it.
Programs that are available to the community:
Meals on Wheels deliveries are continuing and staff are modifying operations to ensure safety of the staff, participants and volunteers.
Food shelf operations, including Foodmobile distributions, have been modified to ensure the safety of staff, participants and volunteers but are open Monday – Friday to provide vital food support to people in the community.
Express Bike Shop is open for service repair only. In accordance with the Minnesota stay at home guidelines, bicycle repair shops have been identified as an essential service. To limit person to person contact we ask that you call ahead 651-644-9660 to schedule a bike service repair appointment. Full information is available at exbike.com.
Our youth afterschool programs and active senior programs are canceled as well as any large gatherings in our community centers. AARP Tax Assistance is also canceled until further notice.
We are actively monitoring the situation and will implement any additional strategies when necessary. Stay tuned for updates as things are rapidly changing.
How you can help:
You might be wondering how you can help neighbors during this uncertain time. Here are the top ways you can support your community today:
Give food and household items to keep our food shelves stocked. Click here to see our most needed items and where you can drop off your contributions.
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We are so grateful for your care and support!
Healthand Safety Precautions during this time
As you know, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is rapidly evolving. We are relying on facts to inform thoughtful decision-making in an ever-evolving situation. Keystone is committed to providing services in safe, healthy environments for all of our participants, volunteers, and staff. During this time of heightened awareness, we are maintaining our thorough cleaning and food safety standards and expanding them as necessary.