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.

2020 Spaghetti Fundraiser

We regret to inform you that our annual Spaghetti Fundraiser has been cancelled for the health and safety of our community. We will resume our tradition next year! We will miss your smiling faces, and we hope that you will consider donating to the food shelf for March Food Share Month. 

~ Thank you all!

5 Most Wanted Items at Minnesota Food Shelves

March Food Share Month

March is food share month in Minnesota. This is a time to think about our area food shelves and make a donation to help the hungry in our community. Monetary donations go the farthest because of the food shelf's access to discount products and programs, however we are more than happy to accept donations of shelf-stable foods or fresh produce and spices as well! The five most wanted items for food shelves are: Proteins, Spices, Whole-grain Cereals, Condiments, and Cash. For examples of each, click the 5 Most Wanted graphic to enlarge it. Thank you for your past, present, and future contributions to our community! 


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

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