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.

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.

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.


Foodmobile Distribution During COVID 19

We are working with our current Foodmobile site partners to create a Foodmobile delivery model that adheres to CDC and Minnesota Department of Health Guidelines to allow social distancing for participants, staff and volunteers. We appreciate your assistance and patience as we all strive to keep each other healthy during this time.

During this time, participants will receive shelf stable items, produce, milk, meat and other staples via the Foodmobile in a pre-packed model. We can accommodate dietary needs and choice in some ways but we appreciate your understanding as we navigate this safe, efficient service delivery.

We will be adding more public distributions and information as soon as it is scheduled so please check back frequently.


  • July Foodmobile Public Distributions

    Wednesday, July 1

    • Location: St. Paul College, 235 Marshall Ave, St Paul, MN 55102
    • Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

    Tuesday, July 7

    • Location: University of St. Thomas, distribution occurs at the corner of Grand Avenue & Cretin Avenue S, St Paul, MN 55105. See signs for exact location.
    • Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Tuesday, July 14

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

    Thursday, July 16

    • Location: Terrace Heights Mobile Home Park, 2442 Rice St, St Paul, MN 55113. The Foodmobile will be outside the Main Office #77.
    • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Friday, July 24

    • Location: Roseville Covenant Church, 2865 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113
    • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • August Foodmobile Public Distributions

    Tuesday, August 4

    • Location: University of St. Thomas, distribution occurs at the corner of Grand Avenue & Cretin Avenue S, St Paul, MN 55105. See signs for exact location.
    • Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, August 5

    • Location: St. Paul College, 235 Marshall Ave, St Paul, MN 55102
    • Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Meet Ruby, Foodmobile Participant

Ruby & Ilon Preston, Foodmobile Manager

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.


Keep our Foodmobile Stocked 

Looking for support or know someone who is? 

We know for so many people in our community, things in their lives may not feel as stable as they once did. If you or someone you know needs support please know our programs are here for you and we encourage you to refer people to us as well. We can get people connected to food shelf services, meals on wheels, crisis assistance, or refer to other community services as we are able.

Looking for additional food support? 

In July we’ll also be hosting Foodmobile distributions, Free Farmers Market events and a Fare for All event, all in safe, socially-distanced ways. Check out our events page for the full schedule and check back regularly as more events are added.