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. Last year, food shelves leveraged this grant opportunity and raised over $2.9 million in local dollars. The impact of Open Your Heart’s funding has a nearly 20-fold return for local food shelves.

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 Joseph with Hunger Solutions at [email protected] or 651-789-9848 if you have any questions.

2023 OYH Summer Challenge Participants

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

Food Shelf Name City
360 Communities Burnsville
A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center & Food Shelf Moorhead
Agate Housing and Services Shelf of Hope Minneapolis
Anoka County Brotherhood Council (ACBC Food Shelf) Anoka
Area Food Shelf of New Richland New Richland
Basic Needs Inc. of South Washington County St Paul Park
Bountiful Basket Food Shelf Chaska
Bridgepointe community church food shelf Moorhead
CAER Food Shelf Elk River
Canby Food Shelf Canby
CAP Agency Food Shelf Shakopee
CAPI USA Brooklyn Center
Catholic Charities Emergency Services Food Shelf St. Cloud
Chum Duluth
Centennial Community Food Shelf Circle Pines
Clearwater Clear Lake Food Shelf Clearwater
Community Action Center Northfield
Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP) Brooklyn Center
Community Emergency Service (CES) Minneapolis
Community Pathways of Steele County Owatonna
Cross Center of Benton County Foley
CROSS Services Rogers
Deer River Area Food Deer River
Department of Indian Work, Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul St. Paul
East Grand Forks Food Shelf East Grand Forks
ECHO Food Shelf Mankato
Ellendale Area Food Shelf Ellendale
Emergency Food Pantry Fargo
Emily Food Shelf Emily
Eyota Food Pantry Eyota
Friends in Need Food Shelf Cottage Grove
Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf (Duluth, MN) Duluth
Fruit of the Vine Saint Paul St. Paul
Garrison Area Caregivers, Inc. Garrison
Good in the ‘Hood Minneapolis
Grand Meadow Faith Community Food Shelf Grand Meadow
Groveland Emergency Food Shelf Minneapolis
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Inc. Saint Paul
Hastings Family Service Hastings
Heavens Table Food Shelf Fairmont
Helping Hands Emergency Services, Inc. Mahnomen
Henning Community Food Shelf Henning
Heron Lake/Okabena Food Shelf Marshall
Hill City Area Food Shelf Hill City
HOPE 4 Youth Minneapolis
ICA Food Shelf Minnetonka
Jacobson Food Shelf Warba
Janesville Community foodshelf Janesville
Jericho Road Ministries Minneapolis
Jordan Area Food Shelf Jordan
Kandiyohi County Food Shelf Willmar
Kasson Food Shelf Kasson
Keystone Community Services St. Paul
Koochiching County Food Access International Falls
La Crescent Food Shelf La Crescent
Lakes Area Food Shelf Pequot Lakes
LifeGate Services Rochester
Little Kitchen Food Shelf Minneapolis
Loaves and Fishes Fosston Fosston
Manna Food Pantry, Inc. Worthington
Manna Market (at Substance Church) Spring Lake Park
Maple River Loaves and Fishes Mapleton
Marshall Kitchen Table Food Shelf Marshall
Mary & Martha’s Pantry Marshall
McLeod Emergency Food Shelf Glencoe, MN
Meeker County Emergency Food Shelf dba Meeker Area Food Shelf Litchfield
Milaca Area Pantry Milaca
Minnehaha Food Shelf Minneapolis
Monticello Help Center Monticello
Neighborhood House St. Paul
Neighbors Inc South St. Paul
New Americans Integration Center East Grand Forks
New Creation Baptist Church (NCBC Food Shelf) Minneapolis
New Creations Ministries COGIC Minneapolis
New Ulm Area Emergency Food Shelf New Ulm
North Anoka County Emergency Food Shelf Cedar
NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center Minneapolis
North-Suburban Emergency Assistance Response Crystal
Ogilvie Food Shelf Ogilvie
Open Cupboard Oakdale
Open Hands Midway St. Paul
Peace Center Food Shelf New Prague
Pine Island Sharing Shelves Pine Island
Pine River Area Food Shelf Pine River
Pipestone County Food Shelf, Inc. Pipestone
Prairie Five Chippewa County Food Shelf Montevideo
Prairie Five/Big Stone Lake Area Food Shelf Ortonville
Princeton Pantry Princeton
PRISM Golden Valley
PROP Food Shelf Eden Prairie
Quad City Food Shelf Virginia
Ralph Reeder Food Shelf ISD621 Mounds View
REACH-Hendrum Hawley
Red Wing Area Food Shelf Red Wing
RiverWorks Rockford
Rock County Food Shelf Luverne
ROCORI Area Food Shelf Cold Spring
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank Duluth
Semcac Rushford Food Shelf Rushford
Sibley County Food Shelf Gaylord
Spring Valley Area Food Shelf Spring Valley
St John Food Shelf Wykoff
St. Vincent de Paul Faribault
Staples Area Food Shelf Staples
STEP – St. Louis Park Emergency Program St. Louis Park
Swift County Food Shelf Benson
The Open Door Eagan
The Salvation Army – Duluth Duluth
The Salvation Army Brainerd Lakes Brainerd
The Salvation Army Cloquet Food Shelf Cloquet
The Salvation Army Fairmont Food Shelf Fairmont
The Salvation Army Montgomery Food Shelf Montgomery
The Sanneh Foundation Food Shelf Programs St. Paul
Thief River Falls Area Food Shelf Thief River Falls
Tower Food Shelf Virginia
Tracy Kitchen Table Food Shelf Marshall
Two Harbors Area Food Shelf Two Harbors
Valley Outreach Stillwater
VEAP, Inc. Bloomington
Wabasha Area Food Share Wabasha
Waconia United Food Shelf Waconia
Walker Area Food Shelf Walker
Warroad Food Pantry Warroad
Watonwan County Food Shelf St. James
WCCA Waverly
Wellstone Center Food Market St. Paul
West African Family Food Shelf Brooklyn Center
Western Communities Action Network (WeCAN) Mound
Westonka Food Shelf Mound
White Bear Area Food Shelf White Bear Lake
Winona Volunteer Services Food Shelf Winona