Merrick in a Time of Change:
Adapting and Evolving

Today, Merrick Community Services stands as one of the oldest nonprofit agencies in Ramsey County, with a history of assisting individuals and families transition from poverty and become self-sufficient and stable.  The core programs of MCS are Nutritional and Independence Services (comprised of the Food Shelves and MOW/Senior Services) and Employment, Family and Youth Services.

Effective Monday, July 17, 2023

Merrick will begin a 4-day work week schedule for the months of July thru September.
Monday – Thursday, 8 AM – 5:30 PM

Food Shelf Hours will remain in place and Meals on Wheels programming has been adjusted.
For more information regarding Meals on Wheels contact Maria Molina at 651-219-5531 or email at

If have an immediate need you can get help from the United Way assistance line by dialing 211.

For a mental health crisis, contact Ramsey County Mental Health Crisis line at 651-266-7900 (adults) or 651-266-7878 (under 18).

Any other needs please leave a message for Merrick Staff at 651-771-9339.   

Are you over 65 years of age, live in your own home, and could use some yard help before the snow arrives?

Call Maria Molina at 651-219-5531 to get on the Fall Clean Up list!

The 2023 Backpack Giveaway was a success! Over 150 families picked up back to school supplies and over 750 backpacks were distributed to youth on the East Side.

In addition to the backpacks, families were able to receive fresh produce from our food shelf, learn about the resources available to them from 7 different community partners, win fun prizes at the carnival-style games, participate for a chance to win a cake from the cake walk, get a free hair cut (courtesy of Moler Barber School), and enjoy hot dogs and chips from the Boy Scouts and Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church.

Thank you to Greater Twin Cities United Way, Simon Says Give, State Farm Jody Baber, Special Teams Charities, Ecolab, SunStream Business Services, St. Pascal Baylon Catholic Church, and the individual supporters for your generous gifts. Merrick wishes everyone a joyful start to the new school year!

Merrick Community Services remains committed to breaking the cycle of multi-generational and concentrated poverty in our community.  We will continue to work with others in challenging and advocating for systems change.  But, to be successful, we all need to be pulling in the same direction – to bend toward justice.