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Current Events


October 2022 Happenings

Find out what's happening this month with the Pine River-Backus Family Center! View the monthly Happenings for information on our services and offerings, If you have any further questions, call the family center. 

Thank you!

Soup Kitchen

CommUnity Meals

A local collaborative effort has been put together to provide a free weekly meal for anyone who is hungry. Meals are pick-up only, each Monday at the Riverview Church in Pine River or each Thursday at the Backus Pine Mountaineer Senior Center.  Serving time is 4:00pm. until gone.

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Volunteers Needed

The Pine River Area Food Shelf is looking for able-bodied volunteers to help with truck deliveries once a month and food distribution twice weekly. If you or someone you know is interested, please give us a call! 

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Buy One, Give One Food Drive

Think of your local food shelf when you are out shopping. Help us help others by grabbing a second bag of fruits or vegetables to donate when you make a grocery run. When you are able, drop off your extra purchases at the Pine River-Backus Family Center between 8am and 4pm Monday through Thursday, and between 8am and 3pm on Friday.

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Family Center Call-In Hours:
Mon. - Thurs. 8 - 4
Friday 8 - 3

*Food Shelf Hours:
1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Tuesdays 10 - 1
2nd Tuesdays 3:30 - 7
Fridays 10 - 1
2nd Saturdays 10 - 1

2022 PRBFC Holiday Closures:
Monday, January 17th
Monday, February 21st
Monday, May 30th
Monday, July 4th
Monday, September 5th
Friday, November 11th
Thursday, November 24th
Friday, November 25th
Monday, December 26th
Friday, December 30st

*For Food Shelf closures, follow us on Facebook
using the link above!
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COVID-19 & Food Shelf

The food shelf is open during its regular hours. We are now allowing self-shopping.  We value our community health.  If you are not feeling well, we are happy to shop for you and have it ready for pickup.  Call LuAnn at 218-587-4292.  Thank you for your help!


MNsure and Unemployment

Did you have unemployment income in 2021? You may qualify for health insurance with a $0/month premium. MNsure can help you get covered and save money. Minnesotans who received unemployment income at any time in 2021 now can access extremely low-cost health insurance through MNsure.

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Stay on track with your child’s vaccinations

As a parent, you want to keep your children safe. Routine childhood vaccinations are an important way to ensure that your child and community remain healthy and protected against serious diseases, like measles and whooping cough.

As opportunities for in-person activities and play continue to grow, the Pine River-Backus Family Center encourages parents to make sure children are up to date on routinely recommended vaccines. Well-child visits and check-ups are essential for routine vaccination, even during the pandemic.

Upcoming Events


Parenting with Love & Logic

FREE classes for the modern day parent. Love and Logic provides easy-to-use parenting strategies to help promote positive behaviors and strengthen families. Learn about respectful and hopeful parenting with usable skills that provide limits in loving ways for all ages.

Contact Nicki if interested. Springtime class dates coming soon!

Recent Events

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Volunteer Luncheon

We celebrated all our Food Shelf volunteers on May 5th at Bites with a Volunteer Luncheon! We appreciate all of our volunteers who take time out of their lives to stop and help feed the hungry in our community. 

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The PRBFC 2021 Annual Report

If you'd like to know what we've been up to as a Non-Profit Family Support Center for the last year, take a look through our annual report!