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Healthy Food Access
CAC Faribault Food Market
Healthy Food Access

CAC’s network of three food shelves covers much of Rice County and distributes over 1.75 million pounds of food and 150,000 diapers annually. With a focus on fresh, healthy, and culturally specific foods, our community-informed, community-tailored approach ensures equitable access to food for those facing food insecurity.

We strive to create an experience for our community that feels safe, abundant, and dignified. Some rely on our food shelves regularly, while others come more sporadically when needed.


individuals, from over 2,800 households, visit our food shelves a grand total of 27,000 times each year

Walk-ins Welcome
No Appointment Needed
  • Food is available for anyone who needs it up to once per week.
  • Families with young children can access diapers (size NB-6) and baby wipes up to once per week at any location.
  • No ID or proof of income is required.
  • Minimal information is requested (name, address, number of people in your household, ages).
  • Any information shared with us is kept confidential.
  • Our staff speak English, Spanish, and Somali.
  • No transportation? We can deliver!
CAC Northfield Food Shelf
CAC Diaper Drive
World’s Largest Diaper Drive

This May, CAC is participating in the World’s Largest Diaper Drive to kick off our new community diaper bank. The Diaper Bank is a collaborative, cross-organizational effort to support young families across Rice County, where CAC sources diapers and acts as a distribution hub to other local agencies, including Growing Up Healthy, Rice County, HOPE Center, and Three Rivers Community Action. We also continue to distribute diapers through our three food shelves, which gave out more than 150,000 diapers in 2023.

Get involved today by donating diapers, posting a flyer, or supporting our efforts financially.

Diaper need is a real and pressing issue for many families in Minnesota, where as many as 1 in 3 children don’t have consistent access to clean diapers. It costs about $1,000 per year to keep one child in diapers, and many parents in our community are faced with daily choices between purchasing diapers and providing other essential needs for their children.

What to Expect
  • The food shelf always offers fresh produce, dairy products, eggs, meat, grains, shelf stable protein, cooking and baking ingredients, and more.
  • We often have personal hygiene items, household products, as well as baby food and diapers.
  • We provide additional food to seniors through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).
  • We do our best to honor dietary restrictions, allergies, and culturally specific food requests.
  • When you visit the food shelf, other help is available. Staff can assist with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications, and answer other questions related to employment, financial assistance, housing, and more.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
CAC Food Shelf Fresh Produce
How You Can Help

There are lots of ways to contribute to the food shelf: volunteer your time, donate food, diapers, or money, host a food or diaper drive, or assemble care bags for the community.

To prioritize community donations, please read about our most wanted categories. We can accept fresh or frozen foods, and homegrown produce is welcome as long as it is clean and bagged or boxed for donation. Prepared foods must come from a commercial kitchen with original packaging and label. Donation hours are 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Volunteer Opportunities
Community Action Center
Faribault Location

Food Shelf
1400 Cannon Circle, Suite #8
Faribault, MN 55021


Monday: 11:00 am – 4:45 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am – 1:45 pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 11:00 am – 5:45 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 1:45 pm

Community Action Center
Northfield Location

Food Shelf – Main Location
1651 Jefferson Parkway, Suite HS-200
Northfield, MN 55057


Monday & Tuesday: 11:00 am – 4:45 pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 11:00 am – 4:45 pm
Friday: 9:30 am – 1:45 pm

Northfield Community Education Center (NCEC)

Food Shelf – Secondary Location
700 Lincoln Parkway
Northfield, MN 55057


Thursday: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

CAC’s vitality depends on the community — from volunteers to donations to program-specific support — so that we can continue to meet our neighbors’ basic needs.

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