The OYH Summer Challenge aims to boost food shelves in Minnesota when they need it most. During the summer months, food shelf donations are traditionally low. For the thousands of Minnesota families that rely on free breakfast and lunch programs during the school year, the summer makes it difficult for them to secure food. Open Your Heart’s Summer Challenge makes it possible for Minnesota food shelves to restock and distribute fresh and frozen foods during this difficult time of year.

To Apply

The Summer Challenge is carried out in partnership with Hunger Solutions of Minnesota, who administers the grant. Applications are sent to food shelves mid-May and the deadline for their return is mid-June. Please contact Abbie Tish with Hunger Solutions at [email protected]olutions.org or 651-789-9848 if you have any questions.

2021 OYH Summer Challenge Participants

*To donate to a participating food shelf in your area visit their website directly.

360 Communities
A Place For Hope: Recovery & Wellness Center
ACBC Food Shelf
Area Food Shelf of New Richland
Bemidji Community Food Shelf
Big Lake Community Food Shelf
Bountiful Basket Food Shelf 
Bridgepointe Community Church Food Shelf
Calvary Food Shelf
Canby Food Shelf
CAP Agency Food Shelf
Catholic Charities Emergency Services
Centennial Community Food Shelf
Channel One Food Shelf
Chippewa County Food Shelf
Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf 
Clearwater Clear Lake Food Shelf

Community Action Center-Faribault 

Community Action Center–Northfield

Community Bridge
Community Emergency Service (CES)
Community Pathways of Steele County
CROSS Services
East Grand Forks Food Shelf
ECHO Food Shelf
Ecumenical Food Pantry-Albert Lea
Elijah’s Pantry
Ely Area Food Shelf
Emergency Food Pantry 
Emily Emergency Food Shelf
Falls Hunger Coalition
Family Pathways Cambridge Food Shelf
Family Pathways Chisago Lakes Area Food Shelf
Family Pathways Forest Lake Food Shelf
Family Pathways Mobile Food Truck
Family Pathways North Branch Food Shelf
Family Pathways Onamia Food Shelf
Family Pathways Pine Community Food Shelf
Family Pathways Sandstone Food Shelf
Feeding the Dream
Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf
Good in the ‘Hood
Good Works Food Shelf 
Grand Meadow Faith Community Food Shelf
Groveland Emergency Food Shelf
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center
Hastings Family Service
Heaven’s Table Food Shelf
Hill City Area  Food Shelf
Hometown Resource Center
Hope for the Community
Hugo Good Neighbors Food Shelf
ICA Food Shelf
Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners
Jacobson Food Shelf
Jericho Road Ministries
Joyce Uptown Foodshelf
Kandiyohi County Food Shelf
Kasson Food Shelf
Keystone Community Services
La Crescent Food Shelf
Lakes Area Food Shelf
Lifegate Services 
Linwood Covenant Manna Market
Loaves and Fishes Food Shelf
Lonsdale Area Food Shelf
Mahtomedi Area Food Shelf
Manna Food Pantry, Inc.
Maple River Loaves and Fishes Food Shelf
McLeod Emergency Food Shelf
Meeker Area Food Shelf
Minnehaha Food Shelf
Mora Food Pantry
Morrison County Food Shelf
NEAR – North Suburban Emergency Assistance Response
Neighbors, Inc.
New Creation Baptist Church (NCBC Food Shelf)
New Creations Ministries COGIC
New Ulm Emergency Food Shelf
North Anoka County Emergency Food Shelf (NACE)
Northome Community Food Shelf
NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center
Ogilvie Food Shelf
Open Hands Midway
Outreach Food Shelf
Peace Center
Pelican Rapids Food Shelf Inc
Pillager Area Food Shelf
Pine Island Sharing Shelves
Pine River Area Food Shelf
Pipestone County Food Shelf, Inc.
Plainview Elgin Area Food Shelf
Prairie Five/Big Stone Lake Area Food Shelf
Princeton Pantry
PROP Food Shelf 
Ralph Reeder Food Shelf
REACH Rural Enrichment and Counseling Headquarters, Inc
RedWing Area Food Shelf
renville co.food shelf
ROCORI Area Food Shelf 
Salvation Army
Second Harvest – Food Shelf Program
Second Harvest North Central Food Bank
Semcac Houston County Food Shelf
Semcac Preston Food Shelf
Semcac Rushford Food Shelf
Sibley County FoodShare
Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA)
St. Vincent de Paul
Staples Area Food Shelf
STEP – St. Louis Park Emergency Program
Swift County Food Shelf
The Aliveness Project
The Food Pulse
The Open Door
The Perham Food Shelf dba The Bridge Community Pantry
The Salvation Army 
The Salvation Army – Hibbing
The Village in Waterville
Thief River Falls Area Food Shelf 
Tusen Tacck Braham Area Food Shelf
Two Harbors Area Food Shelf
Vadnais Heights Community Food Program
Valley Outreach
Walker Area Food Shelf
Waseca Food Shelf
Watonwan County Food Shelf
Waverly Food Shelf
West African Family Food Shelf
Western Communities Action Network (WeCAN)
Westonka Food Shelf
White Bear Area Food Shelf
Winona Volunteer Services Food Shelf