Community Action Center of Northfield (CAC)

Fulfilling our neighbors' basic needs


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CAC is here for you.

Whether you’ve received help from us before or you have never reached out, we want you to know that we welcome you and we appreciate how hard it can be to ask for help. We have made some temporary changes to how we provide food and other financial assistance, so that we can remain open for as long as possible during this pandemic.

Our two highest priorities at this time are to:

  1. Continue to provide food to all community members who need it, now more than ever
  2. Keep everyone safe from infection including volunteers, clients, and staff

Our main strategy is to reduce the amount of close physical contact between people, since that is how the virus spreads. It is most important that sick people, or those with known exposures to the virus, do not come into the building. But we also need to reduce contact even between people who feel healthy, because the virus can sometimes be spread from people who don’t feel sick.

COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA)

Have you fallen behind on rent or utility payments due to COVID? CAC advocates are available and ready to help through the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance program (CERA).

Questions? Stop by CAC’s resource center at 1651 Jefferson Parkway in Northfield, call 507.664.3550, or email

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What to expect at the Food Shelf during COVID-19

  • Food is available for anyone who needs it. No ID or proof of income required. All are welcome!
  • Our staff and volunteers speak Spanish.
  • You are welcome to come for food open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 4:45p.m.
  • No transportation? We can deliver!
  • We provide an average of 32+ pounds of food distributed per person including fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, and dairy products.
  • We do our best to honor dietary restrictions, allergies, and culturally specific food requests.
  • Minimal information is requested from you (name, address, number of people in your household, ages). Information you share with the CAC is kept safe and confidential. Food from the food shelf is not a public benefit and does not count toward public charge.
  • Staff are available to help with other paperwork, SNAP application and other assistance, answer employment questions, provide financial assistance for rent/utilities, and more.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Northfield CAC Resource Center Hours:
No appointment needed!

Mondays 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursdays 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Fridays 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Northfield CAC Food Shelf Hours:
No appointment needed!

Mondays 11:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Tuesdays 11:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Wednesdays – CLOSED
Thursdays 11:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Fridays 9:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

NCEC Food Shelf Hours:
No appointment needed!

Mondays – CLOSED
Tuesdays 3:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m.
Wednesdays – CLOSED
Thursdays 3:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m.
Fridays – CLOSED

Community Action Center of Faribault

CAC is proud to expand food access and other services to families and individuals living in Faribault. Click below to learn more about the Community Action Center of Faribault, open hours, and other news!

CAC of Faribault

COVID-19 Processes


  • Please follow the signs as you enter the parking lot
  • Please stay in your vehicle
  • A CAC staff member will come out to greet you and see how we can help
  • We will ask a few basic, confidential questions including your name and information about your household
  • If you have come for food, we will direct you from there
  • If you have come for another service, we will do our best to help you

Food Shelf

  • In order to reduce close contact, only volunteers and staff are allowed in the food shelf at this time
  • You will be asked to pull your vehicle around to the food shelf side of the building
  • Please stay in your vehicle
  • A volunteer will bring your food out to your vehicle

Extra Precautions

  • Volunteers and staff will be taking great care to wash their hands, clean surfaces, and avoid spreading the virus themselves, so we can avoid spreading the virus to you.
  • This is hard for all of us because we all value being together, and building community is such an important part of our mission. But this won’t last forever, and taking these steps now will help us safely provide what is needed during the outbreak.