EATING ON CAMPUS
There are two main places to eat on campus City View Cafe and City View Espresso. For up to date hours and COVID protocols please visit
Student are also welcome to bring their own food to campus. Microwaves are located at the City View Cafe for your convenience. Please note that there is no refrigeration storage available for student use.
There are also free breakfast kits and snacks located in the Student Life office (1265). These are available to all students during the Student Life office open hours (Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 4:30pm).
LOCAL FOOD SHELVES
Most food shelves require photo ID and proof of residence (utility bill, medical card, etc.). They will serve a person only once a month. If you are unsure which food shelf to go to, call the MN Food Helpline at 1-888-711-1151.
Comes to campus once per month, parks in the west parking lot. Shop for free groceries including produce, shelf stable items, meat, dairy, and eggs.
Dates/Time: First Wednesday of every month from 9:30am - 11:30am.
* The Foodmobile will not be coming to campus in August 2022.
Hallie Q. Brown/MLK Center
270 North Kent
Hours: By appointment. Monday: 9:00am - 6:00pm; Tuesday-Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Make an appointment online!
Keystone Community Services (Midway)
1916 University Ave. W.
Hours: Walk-in only, first-come first-served; Mon-Fri: 10:00 – 11:30am; 1:00 – 3:30pm.
* serves residents of their area.
Keystone Community Services (Rice Street)
1459 Rice Street Suite 3
Phone: 651.487.2792, ext. 100
Hours: Walk-in only, first-come first-served; Monday-Friday: 10:00 – 11:30am; 1:00 – 3:30pm.
The Keystone Food Mobile also visits campus on a monthly basis. See the Student Events Calendar for information.
* serves residents of their area.
179 Robie Street East
Hours: Walk-in only. Monday–Friday: 9–11:30am, 1–3:30pm. Open until 7:30pm on the third Wednesday of the month.
FOOD SUPPORT BENEFITS
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a monthly financial benefit that helps you to purchase healthy food at your local grocery and convenience store, farmers’ market, and even through Walmart and Amazon delivery. If you are approved, you will receive a monthly payment onto your Electronic Balance Transfer (EBT) card. The monthly payment amount for a household of one rangesfrom $20-$250. The EBT card looks and acts just like a debit card. You swipe the card at a cash register and the card balance is updated.
This program can help you stretch your food budget any buy more of the foods that you need and want!
* Income guidelines are based on household size. See chart below:
|Number of people in your household||Monthly income before taxes|
Note: For each additional family member above 8, add $616. Income guidelines are updated each year. These guidelines are for October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
SNAP Eligibility Calculator to see if you might be eligible for the program. You can also call the MN Food Helpline (1.888.711.1151) for assistance checking your eligibility
- Apply online at mnbenefits.mn.gov (available in English and Spanish)
- Print out and complete a paper application. Applications can be found on the
DHS Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program page
- Paper applications available in English, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.
- For over-the-phone assistance, call the MN Food Helpline (1.888.711.1151). An associate can help you fill out the application over the phone.
For college students, there are program exemptions making it easier to be eligible. If you have specific questions about college student eligibility, please contact Saint Paul College’s basic needs coordinator, Emma Kiley,
Hunger Solutions Minnesota
Minnesota Food Helpline
Phone: 1.888.711.1151 (Multilingual assistance is also available)
Hours: Monday–Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm.
Provides: Statewide food resource information and referral helpline. Callers can be screened for SNAP eligibility and assisted with completing the application. Assists callers in locating food resources in their own community such as a food shelf and/or hot meal site. Also makes referrals for other public food programs like WIC (Women, Infants and Children and NAPS (Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors).