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Kandiyohi County Food Shelf

Who We Are

No appointment necessary. Families are asked to provide identification for each individual in their household and proof of residency in Kandiyohi County. Clients unable to provide identification or proof of residency will still be served as mandated by the USDA. Clients can receive one food order per month. A volunteer will walk with each client as they "shop" for their food, according to family size.

 Kandiyohi County Food Shelf staff will work with clients that may need additional services, and direct them to the appropriate agencies depending on the need.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Kandiyohi County Food Shelf provides the opportunity for neighbors to come together through donations, fundraising, food drives and volunteering to provide for the hungry.  The Kandiyohi County Food Shelf is committed to helping all those in need with an open mind and finding innovative ways to respond to poverty with respect and dignity.

What We Do


Responding collectively using community resources to relieve the suffering of poverty by providing food assistance.


Hunger is no longer a barrier to the health and well-being of people in Kandiyohi County.


In 1982, representatives of local churches and social service agencies started a temporary emergency food program for the needy. They envisioned the program to last about five years. The first meeting to discuss the possibility of establishing a food shelf was held February 22, 1982. On April 28, 1982 the plan was announced to the public. To everyone’s surprise donations of money, food, and equipment came pouring in. On July 6, 1982 articles of incorporation were signed.

The first home for WAFS was located in the South 71 Plaza then a short time later WAFS moved to 414 Becker Ave SW. In May 1986 the food shelf moved to 106 Sixth St SW and in November 2004 it moved to 624 Pacific Ave SW, where it currently resides.  In the Spring of 2017 the food shelf officially changed its name to Kandiyohi County Food Shelf, to reflect that we serve all who reside in Kandiyohi County.