McLeod Emergency Food Shelf (MEFS) is a non-profit 501c (3) agency which was organized in 1983 to assist residents of McLeod County, Minnesota in the area of hunger relief.
MEFS receives financial donations and food support donations from the individuals, organizations, civic groups, businesses, food rescue partners, and faith partners of McLeod County.
Since 1983, millions of meals have been provided by the generous support of the local community. In the first year, 109 households were served with the number stretching over the years to as many as 1,857 distinct households. In the most recent year (2019), 8,322 distributions provided enough food to prepare more than 384,000 meals for their hungry household members. More than a half million pounds of food are distributed each year!
In addition to hunger relief, MEFS focuses on providing community support service information.
McLeod Emergency Food Shelf (MEFS) is committed to welcoming and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of its service to the community. MEFS recognizes hunger can strike everyone regardless of age, gender, sexual identity, race, nationality, disability, military association, familial status, religion, ideology, or participation in any public assistance program, and therefore seek to serve all in need.
Because we learn and serve better in a community full of unique experience, insights, and opinions, MEFS welcomes a diverse and inclusive group of staff, volunteers, and board members, as we commit to excellent service and a safe environment for all.
Provisions of this basic human need allow all who receive - food for TODAY and hope for a bright FUTURE!
McLeod County residents are welcome to receive full grocery distributions once every 30 days. Current physical address and household member information encouraged at each visit.
Complete client choice options include a variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains, cooking and baking items, dairy items, boxed and canned meals, fresh produce, and assorted deli and bakery items. Personal care and household items also subject to availability.
Grocery distribution history is accessible at both sites for all clients. This means if you have been served at the Glencoe Site, the same record is available at the Hutchinson Site. Clients are encouraged to access the site which best meets their needs and schedules and may use sites interchangeably.
To further bridge the gap of food insecurity, weekly, fresh produce only distributions are offered to individuals within the MEFS service area. Availablity will vary from visit to visit.
Produce only pick-ups do not affect the 30-day full distribution schedule.
NAPS Distribution Site (Glencoe only). NAPS boxes are distributed Wednesdays following the 1st Tuesday of every month. CFSP Authorized program for persons age 60+ who meet income requirements. All program requirements must be met to receive a box.