Holiday Food and Toy Programs 2019

Holiday Food and Toy Resources 2019

Deadlines and Program Capacities Vary

Information as of 12/7/19


Please Note:  A number of Food Shelves may be offering Holiday food or possibly gift programs for their participants.  If you are registered with a particular Food Shelf or are otherwise getting food from a Food Shelf, please check with the food shelf staff directly.

Resources Open to Minneapolis families

Free food over Winter Break from The Sheridan Story - stop by their locations between December 21st, 2019 – January 5th, 2020. 

More information:


SALVATION ARMY TOY SHOP: For children up to age 14, LIVING IN Anoka, Carver,  Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright counties. Registration for the 2019 Twin Cities Toy Shop begins Wednesday, Nov. 6 and ends Saturday, Dec. 1.You may register to participate in our Toy Shop by filling out our registration form. Please note that forms are provided in EnglishSpanish and Hmong.

Our Twin Cities Toy Shop hotline (651-746-3595) will be open during weekday business hours for registration and to answer questions.  All who register before Dec. 1 will receive an assigned location for toy pick up, based on their address. Distributions will be held Dec. 18-23.If you miss registration but still need assistance, call United Way 2-1-1 to see what help may be available in your area.

You cannot be registered for any other toy program, such as Toys for Tots. 

Registration may also be done on line at for those with an email address.  When you complete the form, your information will be given to an agency that can serve you.  They will be responsible for instructing you on how to pick up toys. 

The Salvation Army may allow homeless families to register if they have verification of a zip code, such as a letter from the location where they are staying or a letter from a shelter.  Check for that information at (651)746-3595.


TOYS FOR TOTS AND GIFTS FOR TEENS 2019. (Covers the following counties only: Anoka, Blue Earth, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Freeborn, Hennepin, Ramsey, Rice, Sherburne, Scott, Washington and Wright.)

Toys are distributed through participating no profit organizations  The list of agencies will be available Nov. 16th. Or call United Way  at 2-1-1 or 651-291-0211, to learn which programs have toys for children. A child may only be registered through one charitable organization. Multiple registrations by different family members, at different locations, are not allowed. Only toy requests by family members with custodial responsibility are normally approved. Other requests are considered on a case by case basis. The age limit is 16 years old.


UNITED WAY 2-1-1:  United Way receives information from organizations that are providing Holiday food, toys or gifts.  Call 2-1-1 or 651-291-0211.  They will search for programs within your zip code.


FARE FOR ALL EXPRESS   Fresh groceries at discounted prices.  763-450-3880 Fare for All -Visit website for locations and times:  Sometimes offers a special Holiday package.  No registration required.  Attend a Fare for All site.  Payment includes:  cash, credit/debit card, or EBT



Offers discounted Toys for families who quality.  Preregistration  required:  Bring proof of address with a photo Id or utility bill.  Registrations includes children’s original birth certificate (No Photo Copies). 612.524.5824

Locations: Hospitality Youth Development 1220 Logan Ave N

Shopper registration dates are Nov 30, Dec 7th

Shopping date will be Saturday, December 13, 2019.


PLYMOUTH CHRISTIAN YOUTH CENTER  612-643-2000,     Serves North Minneapolis children ages Kindergarten – 8th grade.  Children may shop on

Saturday, December 14
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Plymouth Christian Youth Center, North Minneapolis

Must purchase tickets in advance - $1 per child, at Plymouth Christian Youth Center’s main building, 2210 Oliver Ave. N, Minneapolis.  $1 can purchase 5 gifts.