Community Action Center of Northfield (CAC)

Fulfilling our neighbors' basic needs


Healthy Food Access

Fresh, healthy food is vital to living a fulfilling life. For those Northfield neighbors who are unable to get the food they need, we offer two main food programs.

The Food Shelf

The Food Shelf has been providing quality and healthy food to those in need since 1985. The Food Shelf stocks food such as canned fruits and vegetables, soup, pasta and tomato sauce, rice, milk, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, canned meat, and baby food and formula.

We also stock non-food items such as toilet paper, diapers, detergent and soap. The Food Shelf offers bags of food for emergencies, deliveries for those who can’t come to our location and a Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS).

What to expect at the Food Shelf

  • Food is available for anyone who needs it. No ID or proof of income required. All are welcome!
  • 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.
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NCEC Food Shelf

The CAC has opened a second food access location in Northfield! Located at the old Greenvale Elementary School, now Northfield Community Education Center (NCEC).   The NCEC Food Access located at 700 Lincoln Parkway, Northfield, MN 55057  is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-7:00 pm. Please call us at (507)664-3585 with any questions.

Thursday’s Table

We have currently suspended our Thursday’s Table meals until further notice.  Thank you.

How You Can Help

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  • Make a monetary donation.
  • Collect most wanted items to bring to the CAC Food Shelf. We have plenty of refrigeration and welcome fresh or frozen foods.
  • Host a unique or themed food drive.  See our list of ideas to get started:

Food Drive Ideas

Three Meals a Day – Collect for a specific meal
Breakfast – Cereal granola, granola bars, pop tarts
Lunch – PB&J, canned fruit, canned pasta, tuna and mayo
Dinner – Helpers, stew, mac and cheese, pasta with sauce
Pasta Patrol – Collect mac and cheese, canned pasta, dry pasta and sauce
Themed Drives – (Give from the Heart – heart healthy foods; March Madness – organize a basketball shoot out for hunger with food as the entry fee; Food Hunt for Hunger; Rise and Shine – breakfast foods)


SNAP Assistance

CAC offers SNAP application assistance and can help answer questions about eligibility. For more information, contact Lisa Sexton, Resource Center Manager, at 507.350.7072, or email




Community Action Center of Faribault

CAC is proud to expand food access services to families and individuals living in Faribault. Click below to learn more about our new food market and resource center, volunteer and  employment opportunities and more!

Community Action Center of Faribault >>
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The CAC's Impact

Last year, we distributed over 540,000 pounds of food through the Food Shelf.

We rescued over 249,000 pounds of food from local retailers.

Contact us to learn about the Food Shelf or Thursday’s Table.