• The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf currently gives out over 54,000 pounds of food and non-food items to over 2000 individuals each month, half of which are children.
    To meet the growing needs of those who are less fortunate, we rely heavily on donations of food and cash from area churches, businesses, schools, clubs and individuals who share a common concern….............................HUNGER

    We Need Your Help!

     A Guidestar Non-profit organization - Federal ID 41-6008084 a program within Independent School Number 621. All donations are tax deductible.



The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf is a program of Mounds View Public Schools. This donate button will take you to the Mounds View Public Schools paypal donation page. All donations are tax deductible and 100% of your donation will go to Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. If you would like a written receipt/thank you please remember to CHECK THE BOX that it is OK to SHARE your address with Mounds View Public Schools/Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. Thank you.
  • Looking for Creative Food and Cash Drive Ideas?

    Cash Drives:

    • take a week and make each day a different amount - penny day, nickel day, dime day, quarter day, dollar day - watch your donations grow!
    • Make it a competition use a thermometer to illustrate how your donations are growing, provide incentives to the group that does the most.
    • if you are in need of cash container, try using a clean, empty can of soup, or coffee jar and taylor it to fit your event.
    • Casual fridays - have employees donate to be able to wear casual dress on Fridays.
    • Hold a bake sale, garage sale, spaghetti dinner, etc. and encourage donations to the food shelf.
    • Ask for money envelopes and distribute to your guests

    Food and Personal Care Drive ideas:

    • Staple our grocery bag of needs to brown grocery bags and pass out to members of your church, business or neighborhood. Be sure and put infomration on how the bags will be picked up.  A sure fire way to increase the donations that your food shelf desperately needs.
    • Hold a month long food drive and focus on a different category of items each week - week 1 - hygiene items, week 2 - canned fruits, week 3 - meals in a can or box, week 4 - staples (flour, sugar, oil) - email us for our current

    Service Project Ideas - great for groups

    Summer Bags - assemble small lunch bags full of summer necessities for our families in need - bug spray, sunscreen, bandaids, triple antibiotic ointment to name a few.

    • Vitamin C Drive - access to healthy foods is often limited for families in need - how about collecting low sugar canned fruits and 100% fruit juice.
    • Additional Drives - breakfast drives, baking drives, kid-friendly easy to open snack drives, meal in a can drives, staples drive, hygiene drive, the list is endless.
    • Contact us about how you can help with our snackpack backpack program during the school year.

    Holiday Ideas:

    • Sign up to donate and assemble Christmas candy bags.
    • Set up a giving tree at your place of work or church.  To receive our wish list for Operation Joy, please email
    • Offer to color Angels for our angel and giving trees
    • Sponsor a family for Thanksgiving by donating $10.00 to go towards a turkey or $25.00 to go towards a thanksgiving feast. Cutouts below. 
    • Donate and Assemble Baking Bags - flour, white sugar, brown sugar, cooking oil, vanilla, baking soda or powder, sprinkles, etc. 

    Food Drive Resources:

     Thanksgiving and Christmas Resources:

    Operation Joy Toy Shop Wish List



    If you would like posters and/or borrow a food barrel, please email Lisa at or call 651-621-6280.

  • Ways you can help:


    Why are cash donations So valuable to a food shelf?

    What $10.00 Buys:

    Value of $10.00

    Cash and check donations are used to purchase meats and milk and to replenish our shelves. A small donation can make a BIG impact when food shelves stretch their dollars by purchasing through their local food banks and vendors. For every $1.00 we can purchase up to $8.00 worth of food. 
    Checks can be made out to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf
    2544 Mounds View Blvd. Mounds View, MN  55112 or online at and click donate.


    Click here or a list of our most needed items

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    Silver View Plaza
    2544 Mounds View Blvd.
    Mounds View, MN 55112
    Ralph Reeder Food Shelf 651-621-6280
    Fax:  651-621-6283