Our Food Distribution Center is now closed. We reopen on Monday morning at 9:30am. 

Our Food Distribution Center Staff: Sherri, Skye, Gregory, Grace, and Cheryl

Transforming Lives Through Food Security

Sabathani Community Center has been providing emergency food resources for South Minneapolis residents since 1975. Today, our Food Distribution Center continues to make a big impact, distributing an average of 47,000 pounds of food each month to those in need. 

In 2023, our Food Distribution:

  • Served 50,899 community members
  • Distributed 574,566 pounds of food

Client Choice: Empowering Individuals
Our clients can select their own groceries, enabling them to make choices that align with their dietary preferences, cultural needs, and personal circumstances.

Culturally Specific Foods: Embracing Our Community
Recognizing the rich diversity within our community, we are committed to providing culturally specific food options that are often scarce in traditional food distribution centers.


  • Monday-Thursday: 9:30am–3pm (closed 12-12:30pm)
  • 1st and 3rd Fridays: 10am–1pm

Arrive 15 minutes before closing times for access.
Access up to once every 30 days.

Limited Access Notice: Due to high demand, the Food Distribution Center may close early. Check the top banner on our website for closures before visiting. Thanks for your understanding and sorry for any inconvenience.

We are located at 310 East 38th Street in Minneapolis, on the 23 bus line, or a short walk from the 11, 5, and 18 bus lines.  

When You Arrive
Enter through the main entry on the southeast corner of the building and check in with security. Let them know you are here for the Food Distribution CentW

Support the Food Distribution Center

We appreciate your willingness to help! We need volunteers to assist with sorting food, unloading trucks, and assisting clients. Click here to sign up. 

Donate Food & Supplies
We accept nonperishable food items, fresh vegetables from gardens, and essential cleaning products like Clorox wipes. Drop off your food donation with security staff at the main entrance between 10am and 2pm, Monday through Thursday.

Make a Monetary Gift
Your generous donation, whether one-time or recurring, enables us to provide nourishing food to our community. Click here to explore giving options and make a difference.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a food delivery service?

We do not currently have a delivery program. If you cannot visit the Food Distribution Center in person, please have someone pick up the food for you if possible. If that’s not an option for you we recommend Community Emergency Services, located at 1900 11th Avenue South in Minneapolis. They have a Meals on Wheels program and a food delivery program. Contact them at 612-870-1125 or visit their website here for more information.