Food Insecurity

With our focus on impacting communities, United Way plays a key role in ensuring everyone has access to food. 
By developing key partnerships with agencies such as the
Channel One Regional Food Bank, UWFC was able to provide Pop Up Pantries from May 2020 to May 2021.
These are not permanent food resources, and there will be no Pop Up Pantries after May 14th, 2021.


United Way administers funds from the federal Emergency Food & Shelter Program, which provides area shelters and pantries with funds each year. In 2020, 24,272 was allocated to area pantries and meal sites. 


UPDATE: Ruby's Pantry is listed as next coming on June 5th 20201 from 8:45-10:00 am. Visit their Facebook Page here to stay up to date. 



Alden Area Food Shelf – (507)383-6913 – Redeemer Lutheran Church at 191 Water Street, Alden MN 56007 – Tuesday 4:00pm-6:00pm

Ecumenical Food Pantry – (507)373-2035 - First Presbyterian Church at 308 Water Street, Albert Lea, MN 56007 – Tuesday and Friday 9:00am-11:45am – eligibility 1X per month – bring bags or boxes

Salvation Army Food Pantry – (507)373-8776 - 302 Court Street, Albert Lea, MN 56007 – Monday through Friday 2:00pm-4:00pm (During COVID-19, you may come as often as needed)


Salvation Army Meal Site – (507)373-5710 - 302 Court Street, Albert Lea, MN 56007 – Monday through Friday 11:30am-12:30pm

Loaves & Fishes – (507)373-1545 - St Theodore Catholic Church at Marian Hall 315 E Clark St, Albert Lea, MN - Monday Nights 5:00pm–5:45pm. Hot Meals to go.

Trinity Lutheran Church – (507)373-2466 – 501 South Washington Avenue, Albert Lea Wednesday 5:00pm -5:30 pm or as supplies last. Hot to go meals on first Wed. of month, cold to go meals after.

First Lutheran Church- (507) 373-6424-30-1 W Clark St, Albert LeaThursday 5:00 pm drive through style for hot meals to go.


Channel One Food Bank & Food Shelf (USDA) - (507) 287-2350 or 1-877-500-8699 - Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) supplemental food program – 35 pound box of food 1x per month.

WIC (USDA) - (507) 377-5289 - Freeborn County Public Health in the Courthouse, 411 Broadway S, Albert Lea, MN 56007 is a federal program for low-income women, infants and children up to age 5.