Saint Paul police join forces with community to collect food for people in need

Saint Paul police officers are inviting the public to join their efforts to fight hunger this holiday season by making food donations to the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center Food Shelf.

The police department will be collecting donations at all of its three district offices from Monday, Oct. 24 through Wednesday, Nov. 16. In addition, people are invited to leave their donations with officers patrolling the city’s streets.

Once the food drive ends, officers will deliver the donations to the Food Shelf, which exists to improve the quality of life in Saint Paul by providing access to critical human services. In the last three months, the food shelf has provided more than 102,000 pounds of food, including staples, fresh produce and bread.  

Donations may be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Eastern District, 722 Payne Ave. (donations accepted between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily)
  • Central District, 367 Grove St. (donations accepted 24-hours a day)
  • Western District, 389 N. Hamline Ave. (donations accepted between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily).

Suggested items for donation include:

  • Monetary donations (please make checks out to the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center)
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Rice
  • Tuna and other canned meat products
  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Dry beans
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Condiments
  • Coffee and tea
  • Canned fruit
  • Pancake mix
  • Syrup
  • Soup or broth
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Feminine products
  • Bathroom tissue
  • Laundry soap
  • Pet food and supplies.