Food Program

To ensure timely service for all clients, the Lobby doors will be locked at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The need for the VEAP Food Pantry continues to grow. In recent years, the number of clients served has increased by over 10%. Approximately 45% of the clients we serve are children. VEAP Food Programs offer necessary sustenance, discreet shopping opportunities, and a much needed reduction in grocery costs.

Food Pantry

The Food Pantry aims to prevent hunger by providing an immediate response to a lack of resources by allowing low-income residents the opportunity to select a seven day supply of food, infant and hygiene products.  Pre-packed emergency food packs are available to individuals and families in dire need of food and unable to wait the five to seven days for an appointment.  The Food Pantry utilizes a client-choice model where clients select the foods they know how to prepare and their family can use.  Fresh, shelf-stable, dietary and cultural foods are available.  For clients who are able to get to VEAP via public transport or other means, rides home are provided by VEAP volunteers removing the transportation barrier.  VEAP operates the largest single site food pantry in the state of Minnesota serving over 7,000 individuals a month. 

Holiday Meals

The Holiday Meals program delivers hot meals, donated by local restaurants and congregations, to home bound low- and fixed-income seniors and disabled adults on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. These deliveries not only provide a hot meal on the Holiday, but also a friendly visit.

Call five to seven days in advance to make an appointment to visit our Food Pantry. 
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Thursday

For additional information on VEAP's Food Program please call 952.888.9616 and ask for the Food Program Manager.

2015 Nutrition and Cooking Classes

Weekly nutrition and cooking classes, brought to you by VEAP’s NEAT Program (Nutrition Education And Teaching), will be held in our new teaching kitchen. Educators from the University of Minnesota Extension will lead the sessions. All classes require registration and will last approximately 90 minutes. Class participants must be eligible for services at VEAP and be 18 years of age or older.

Thursday, January 22nd, 10:00 am—11:30 am
Thursday, January 29th, 10:00 am—11:30 am
Thursday, February 5th, 10:00 am—11:30 am
Thursday, February 12th, 10:00 am—11:30 am

Topics vary each week and include:

  • Basic nutrition
  • Meal planning
  • Shopping on a budget

To register, call 952.888.9616 or email us at


  • You may sign up for one or more classes at a time. Cub gift cards are awarded to those completing all four classes.
  • This registration does not include a Food Pantry visit. If needed, you must call and schedule a separate Food Pantry appointment.
  • When you arrive, please get a number at the Lobby front desk.
  • Drop-off child care is available on-site (first come, first served).
    Future classes are planned for Spanish speaking participants.

The NEAT Kitchen Features:

  • A state-of-the-art, full commercial kitchen.
    Eight mobile, multipurpose work stations.
    Two handicap accessible training stations.
    An inviting kitchen stocked with toold like you have at home.
    A flexible space to accommodate hands-on and classroom training.