Support Merrick’s March Food Drive during the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign

Each March, Minnesotans rally together to support food shelves and help those who are hungry. Merrick’s food shelf relies on strong food and cash donations in March to keep the shelves stocked throughout the year. We’re calling on businessescongregations, and individuals to fight hunger on the East Side by donating food and funds. 

This March marks one year since the COVID-19 pandemic began influencing our patterns, movements, and ways of interacting with one another. 

The past year has brought many challenges, most prominently to those already facing a myriad of systemic disparities.

As we step into a new March, it is more important than ever to walk alongside our East Side Saint Paul neighbors facing hunger. DONATE

how can you make a difference?

Ways to help!

Spread the Word

One of the most helpful things you can do is share information with those in your circle about the March Food Drive and encourage them to donate. Use this flyer to invite your family and friends.

Donate Money:

Monetary donations can be stretched further than donations of food because of access to discount products and programs. Learn about creative ways to raise money for the March Food Drive.

Merrick will enter all cash donors into a drawing to be randomly selected for a gift card to a local restaurant. The winner will be contacted following the completion of the food drive.

Donate Food

From March 1 – April 12, you can drop your donations on Mondays, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Merrick Community Service’s food shelf at 1669 Arcade Street North, St. Paul, MN 55106.

Any donations are appreciated but here are the top five food-appropriate items that the community needs:

1: Proteins: Peanut butter, Almond butter, cashew butter, spam, tuna, canned chicken, smoked salmon, sardines, smoked eel, or any other shelf stable proteins.

2: Grains: Jasmine rice, basmati rice, apple brand sweet rice, Kokuhu rice, Nishiki rice, artisian egg noodles, rice noodles, Soba noodles, all-purpose flour, rice flour, corn flour, fufu flour, semolina flour, whole wheat flour or any other grains.

3: Cooking oils and vinegars; such as canola oil, olive oil, chili oil, sesame oil, red or white wine vinegar, rice vinegar, champagne vinegar, butter, Mirin and any other cooking oils or vinegars.

4: Cooking Sauces; Tamari or generic soy sauce, fish sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Tamarind paste, fermented bean pastes, chili pastes, coconut milk, Oyster sauce, Garlic Chili Sauce, Beef broth, Vegetable broth, Chicken broth, Sriracha or any other sauces for cooking.

5: Spices; dried chilies of all varieties, cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, garlic, ginger, turmeric, paprika, rosemary, thyme, cinnamon, curry, cayenne pepper, Cajun seasoning, black pepper, kosher salt, bay leaves, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, star anise, caraway, fenugreek, all spice, sage, and any other spice.

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Get involved today

Join us today in our fight against hunger by getting involved in the Merrick March Food Drive.

For more information about drop off locations and hours or food donations contact:

Joshua Bau, Food Services Manager
jbau@merrickcs.org | 651–219-5535

For all other contributions contact:

Sonja Ausen, Director of Resource Development
sausen@merrickcs.org | 651-219-5557


Thank you for your participation in the March food drive and supporting a vital need to the East Side community. We appreciate you support, Merrick couldn’t be a vital part of hunger solutions in this community without you.