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 provides 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. Fresh, shelf-stable, dietary and cultural foods are available.

VEAP operates the largest Food Pantry in the state of Minnesota serving nearly 10,000 individuals on a monthly basis. VEAP’s pantry operates under a client choice model meaning clients are able to select the food they know their family can use.

The VEAP Service Center is making it possible for VEAP to serve up to 185 households per day in the food pantry, up from a maximum of 120 in the former location. Just as important, families are able to get an appointment within 48 hours whereas prior to the move, they would wait 5-7 days for an appointment.

Summer Youth Food Program

VEAP’s Summer Youth Food Program provides groceries for breakfast and lunch to school-aged child needing assistance during the summer months when school is not in session. Pre-packed bags include shelf stable items as well as seasonal produce, bread and milk. Parents are able to provide breakfast and lunch meals for their children, without having to make a choice between paying for food or paying for other basic needs such as housing. Most importantly, children receive nutritious meals throughout the summer. In 2013, over 58,000 meals were provided during the summer youth food distributions.

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

In 2014, VEAP launched the NEAT program (Nutrition Education and Teaching). In response to client interest on improving their health and making healthy meals for their families, this innovative program is designed to provide information on healthy food choices, in the context of a limited budget, through nutrition education and skill building. Our new state-of-the-art commercial kitchen equipped with eight mobile, multi-purpose and two handicap accessible work stations, provides an opportunity for clients to get hands on experience in cooking simple, economical and tasty foods.

Class participants must be eligible for services at VEAP and be 18 years of age or older.

Topics vary each week and include:

  • Basic nutrition
  • Meal planning
  • Shopping on a budget

Upcoming Schedule

  • March 5, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • March 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • March 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • March 26, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

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.