During this COVID-19 pandemic, the Pine River Area Food Shelf will be open during it's regular operating hours. This will be a box pick-up only, on the East side of the building (on 2nd street). Self-shopping is on hold until further notice. Please stay in your car. We will take your name and family size and put a box in your car. This is for the health and safety of our community. Thank you for your help and cooperation!

If you are sick and need food, please call the Family Center and we will find a way to get you food.

Open your heart summer challenge, July 2020

The OYH Summer Challenge aims to boost food shelves in Minnesota when they need it most. During the summer months, food shelf donations are traditionally low. For the thousands of Minnesota families that rely on free breakfast and lunch programs during the school year, the summer makes it difficult for them to secure food. In partnership with Hunger Solutions, Open Your Heart’s Summer Challenge makes it possible for Minnesota food shelves to restock and distribute fresh and frozen foods during this difficult time of year.

The Pine River Area Food Shelf has been awarded a SuperShelf grant to further transform our food shelf into a more welcoming environment promoting healthy choices. 

Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. They are extraordinary people with extraordinary hearts. Thank you, volunteers!

A service of the Pine River-Backus Family Center: “Strengthening families and building a strong community”

The Pine River Area Food Shelf joined forces with the PR-B Family Center. By coming under the Family Center umbrella, there are now more possible resources for the Pine River Area Food Shelf clients to tap into than ever before! We joined together to best serve our community.  In doing so, we hope to bring solutions to help combat poverty and bring long-term sustainability to individuals and families in our community. THANK YOU for your support which makes this work possible!    

Pine River Area Food Shelf Hours:

  • Tuesdays 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (except the 2nd Tuesday)

  • 2nd Tuesday of the month 3:30pm – 6:00pm

  • Fridays 10:00am to 1:00pm

245 Barclay Avenue - in the Pine River-Backus Family Center

Interested in Volunteering? 

Please contact the Pine River-Backus Family Center: 218-587-4292


Interested in Donating? 

Please contact the Pine River-Backus Family Center: 218-587-4292

Drop off donations at: The PR-B Family Center or the Pine River Area Food Shelf

Mail donations to: PRAFS, PO Box 1  Pine River, MN 56474

Donate Online:

     *If you would like your donation to go to the food shelf, please specify in the "note" area

during the donation process. Thank you!

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Call us at: 1 (218) 587-4292

Fax us at: 1 (218) 587-4193

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