Whether you’re looking to generously give your time or financial assistance, everything makes a difference when it comes to helping those in need.

35% of North Dakotans who turn to food pantries choose between paying for food or housing.


Your generosity makes a large impact on not only those who need it, but our local community. No contribution is too large or too small, and all are tax deductible. Donations can include non-perishable items for the food pantry, gently used items for the thrift store, will and endowment gifts, and gifting your professional services, vehicles, and financial contributions, as well as donations to our capital fundraising campaigns.

Your $10 Purchase

Our Food Shelf's $10 Purchase

How We Can Spend Your Donation

  • $10 = 80 meals*

  • $25 = 200 meals*

  • $50 = 400 meals*

  • $100 = 800 meals*

  • *approximate


Every November since 2005, our local Empty Bowls event is held to raise awareness and funds to fight hunger right here in Grand Forks. The event is open to anyone who would like to contribute $20 or more, and includes a meal of soup, bread and desserts in a ceramic bowl created and served by volunteers, as well as a silent auction, entertainment, and education about local hunger. This month-long community event benefits St. Joseph’s Food Pantry and Free Summer Lunch Program for children in the community – both of which are part of a significantly growing demographic in the Grand Cities. To volunteer to paint a bowl or assist during Empty Bowls, donate to the silent auction or event, or learn more about attending, call 701.795.8614.

16th Annual Empty Bowls Soup Day

Dates, Locations & Times TBD

Bowl Painting Nights

Dates, Locations & Times TBD


Because this is traditionally a slower donation time of year, each March St. Joseph’s Social Care partners with Minnesota FoodShare to help collect non-perishable food items and funds to feed and provide assistance to hungry neighbors during the rest of the year. Donations for this particular event are accepted throughout the month of March.

Donate online or mail contributions at any time to:
St. Joseph’s Social Care
620 8th Ave S
Grand Forks, ND 58201


Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at:
620 8th Ave S
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Monday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM


Whatever your talent, interest, or amount of time available, we have plenty of volunteer opportunities for those looking to make a difference in the lives of others. Whether you want to help on the business side or with programs such as Empty Bowls, the Food Pantry, or Thrift Store, there are plenty of options and different volunteer levels for those looking to get involved. Learn more about the programs we offer and contact us to volunteer today at 701.795.8614.

In North Dakota, 1 person in 14 struggles with hunger.


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A local food source that provides free food to those who struggle with hunger.


One out of fourteen people in North Dakota – neighbors, friends, co-workers, or family members.