Together we can end hunger in Koochiching County

1 in 11

children do not have access to the nutrition they need to thrive

1 in 6

In the State of Minnesota 1 in 6 people experienced food insecurity in 2021


Seniors are the fastest growing group of food shelf shoppers

*Statistics from Second Harvest Heartland

Hunger is a solvable problem

We believe that hunger, and all the related negative impacts, are a solvable problem. We believe that, in partnership with our community, we can work together to minimize the barriers that are keeping people in our community from accessing food, central among them being- financial, lack of transportation and health related diet restrictions. In partnership with our supporters we continue to focus on connecting hungry people in our community with the food they need to fuel flourishing lives.

Food Shelf

The main program at KCFA is our food shelf program. Our food shelves participate in the TEFAP federal program and we make our best attempt to offer a variety of free food and goods at all locations including: frozen meats, milk, frozen meals, feminine hygiene products and household items. To be eligible for this program, shoppers must be income eligible (income at or below 300% of federal poverty level).

Food Distribution

KCFA partners with Second Harvest North Central Food Bank to host three food distributions in Koochiching County: International Falls, Littlefork and Big Falls. Food distributions became popular during COVID and are an effective alternate method to distribute large quantities of food.

School Programs

KCFA partners with local schools to operate smaller food pantries at the following schools: Falls High, Indus and Littlefork/ Big Falls. These pantries are funded by KCFA and operated by school staff and teachers. These pantries are available to any student or staff in need of food.


Ride2Food is our most recent program addition. This program funds on-demand rides from anywhere in Koochiching County to our International Falls location. This program was developed directly in response to shopper feedback that transportation is a top barrier to accessing our services.


KCFA is a distribution site for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), formerly known as NAPS. This program provides a free box of food each month to low-income seniors 60 years of age and over.


there were over 9,000 people served at our KCFA locations

200,000 lbs

KCFA distributed
200,000 lbs of food


KCFA distributed food to make 160,000 meals

Community support

Community support is what drives the work of KCFA. Without the generosity of our community, we would be unable to continue our work. We rely on support in many forms- time donation in the form of volunteering, financial donations, in kind donations, food and household item donations and more.Our supporters drive the mission of KCFA. If you entrust us with a gift, of any kind, you can be confident that we will take extra care to make sure it has the highest possible community impact.

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