Food insecurity impacts every part of daily life in our families and communities, from health disparities to school performance. Access to adequate and nutritional food can make a significant difference in improving the quality and longevity of our lives. At KCFA we have four programs we operate to help connect people in Koochiching County with food.
Food Distribution Program
KCFA Food Shelf
Core program at KCFA
The core program at KCFA is our food shelf program. We operate choice style shopping models in three locations- our main location in International Falls, and a satellite location in Minnesota North College: Rainy River. 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) and are required to fill out a single page intake form once a year. Shoppers can shop at any of our locations up to twice per month, in total.
FOOD SHELF HOURS + LOCATIONS
Tuesday 11:00am-5:00 pm
Thursday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Minnesota North: Rainy River
Second and Fourth Tuesday of the month 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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What to expect at your ﬁrst visit
KCFA Food Distribution
Food distribution program
Once a month, KCFA partners with Second Harvest North Central Food Bank to host three food distributions in Koochiching County: International Falls, Littlefork and Big Falls. To be eligible for this program, your household income level must be at or below 300% of federal poverty level, and you must fill out a single page intake form once a year.
FOOD DISTRIBUTION HOURS + LOCATION
Locations: International Falls (outside of Backus Community Center); Littlefork (Littlefork Lutheran Church); Big Falls (Pavillion near Community Center)
KCFA School Pantries
Food pantries for students or staff
In addition to our full food shelves, 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. To access these pantries, please contact school staff.
SCHOOL Pantries HOURS + LOCATION
Locations: Falls High, Littefork/Big Falls
Hours: See school staff
Commodity Supplemental Food Program
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. Qualifying participants must be low-income Minnesota residents: seniors 60+ at 130% poverty level. You can apply for this program at our International Falls location or online.
NAPS HOURS + INFORMATION
2023 Box Delivery Dates (pickup during open shopping hours, until the 15th of each month):