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.
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 satellite locations in Indus and 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 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Thursday 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Minnesota North: Rainy River
Second and Fourth Tuesday of the month 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
When school is open, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
SHOP WITH US
What to expect at your ﬁrst visit
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, Indus, Littefork/Big Falls
Hours: See school staff
Free on-demand rides
According to shopper feedback, lack of transportation is cited as the number one barrier to accessing our services. To begin to address this obstacle, we have partnered with Big Woods Transit (Nett Lake, Bois Forte Reservation) to offer free on demand rides to our International Falls food shelf for anyone in Koochiching County
RIDE2FOOD HOURS + INFORMATION
April 11 & 25
May 8 & 22
June 13 & 20
July 11 & 25
August 8 & 22
September 12 & 26
October 10 & 24
November 14 & 28
December 12 & 19.
For Rides call: 1-888-757-1540
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):