NACE Food Shelf

A Ministry of St. Patrick

NACE Food Shelf

North Anoka County Emergency (NACE) Foodshelf


North Anoka County Emergency (NACE) is a local food shelf that distributes food to people in need. St. Patrick’s helps raise food and money for NACE from food drives and a fundraiser called “Empty Bowls”.

Weekend Packs – Fundraiser

Many children receive free or reduced meal while at school.  They rely on the food provided at school for their meals.  When they go home, there may be a shortage of food over the weekend.  We are working with local schools to help these children bridge the gap by providing a bag of readymade or easy to fix kid-friendly food.

When: April 26th – April 30th

Where:. The box will be located on the south side of the building by the church entrance outside.

Items Needed – “Kid Friendly”: Macaroni and cheese, soup (chicken noodle, etc.), Ramen noodles, Pasta and sauce, Canned meals such as ravioli, instant oatmeal, peanut butter, canned fruit or fruit cups, canned vegetable, juice; juice boxes or hot cocoa mix, package hot dogs, granola bars.

Interesting Fact: Last year NACE was serving about 25 children through their meals, this year they are serving over 170. Along with normal foods, kid friendly items are also appreciated.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me…Matthew 25:35-36

Empty Bowls Fundraiser (On Hold)

Empty Bowls is a fundraiser held at St. Patrick’s to help raise money for NACE Food Shelf.

When: 3rd Thursday in March. (Cancelled from COVID)

Where: St. Patrick’s Social Hall


For a usual volunteer shift, we spend one hour stocking the shelves and three hours distributing food at the food shelf location. Feeding the hungry is a corporal work of mercy and a great reminder that our community extends outside of our parish walls. Christ calls us to love our neighbor, whether or not we know them. If you are interested in getting involved, contact the Pastoral Care and Outreach Coordinator Jeremy Weakly at:


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Ministry Stats

Ministry Leader: Janette Domogalla
Staff Contact: Jeremy Weakly

Age Groups: Children, Teens, Adults, Seniors
Ministry Category: Outreach

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