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Employment Opportunity

The Pine River-Backus Family Center is hiring for the position of Family/Office Support. This is a full-time position. To view the description and requirements, see our Employment Opportunities page. To apply for the position, please email your resume and cover letter to Leslie Bouchonville, Family Center Director.

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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 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

Holiday Hours:

OPEN December 31st in Backus. 


January 2021 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, and for our COVID-19 related modifications. If you have any further questions, call the family center. 

Thank you!

COVID-19 & Food Shelf

The food shelf is open during its regular hours. We are now allowing self-shopping, one person at a time. Shoppers must be masked up and consent to a brief screen upon entering the front mall doors of the building. We value our community health. Thank you for your help!

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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 - 6
Fridays 10 - 1
2020 PRBFC Holiday Closures:
Wednesday, January 1st
Monday, January 20th
Monday, February 17th
Monday, May 25th
Friday, July 3rd
Monday, September 7th
Wednesday, November 11th
Thursday, November 26th
Friday, November 27th
Thursday, December 24th
Friday, January 1st
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Holiday Closure

The Pine River-Backus Family Center will be closed on Thursday, December 24th through Friday, January 1st for the holiday season. We will be open again on Monday, January 4th. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Recent Events


A New Job for Karen

Karen has accepted a job at the new Essentia Health St. Joseph's Clinic in Pine River. Her last day with us was Friday, December 18th. We'd like to thank Karen for her many years of service at the Family Center, and we wish her all the best in her new adventure!  Karen, you will be missed. The clinic is lucky to have you!

Christmas for Kids 2020

Christmas for Kids is finished for this season. Thank you to all who donated! We couldn't do this without all of you! You help make many children's Christmases brighter. Thank you for sharing your holiday spirit with others!

Dairy Queen Fundraiser

We would like to give a big shout out to all who stopped by the Dairy Queen on December 11th! The fundraiser was a success! We received twenty percent of all sales bringing in $917.76 and we received $132 in cash donations as well for a grand total of $1,049.76! This will go toward the Pine River Area Food Shelf, helping to feed the hungry in our community.


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Pine River-Backus Family Center

Call us at: 1 (218) 587-4292

Fax us at: 1 (218) 587-4193

Mail to: P.O. Box 1, Pine River, MN 56474