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Food Shelf Programs

Neighborhood Food Shelf

The Neighborhood Food Shelf is open to residents in need of supplemental food. Guests can visit the food shelf once a month.

There is a simple intake for first time guests, in which we ask for an ID and a current address, as well as a form of ID for others in the household that share meals.


Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday

  • Doors open at 10:30am to receive a number for each day
  • Registration begins at 12:30pm
  • Food shelf operates from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

sm 1a food shelfFood Shelf guests meet with an advocate, who will discuss needs for food or other services, making referrals to other organizations as appropriate. The advocate will also help them shop and choose groceries from the food shelf, which is set up like a corner grocery store. CES has been working to increase the distribution of fresh and frozen foods, including meat, fish, milk, bread, eggs and fresh produce. We also focus on culturally specific foods for our diverse neighbors.

Each month, CES distributes about 23 tons of food through all of the CES food distributions. This food is donated by congregations, organizations, foundations, partner food banks and individuals or has been purchased from local food banks, often at a reduced rate.

Food Shelf Story: I Had no Choice

One snowy day this winter, Beverly came to CES. As she was greeted, she stated, “I really didn’t want to come out today, but I had no choice.” As one of the volunteer advocates met with Beverly, she shared, “It is cold and slippery out, but there is little in the fridge or in our cupboards. My two-year-old was crying, the twins would soon be home from school looking for something to eat and my elderly mother needs food to keep her strong.” CES gave her staples, snacks, produce, milk and meat. Food was given, a listening ear was offered, a smile was shared and hope was provided.

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