Community

Food Access Hub

Addressing food insecurity, nutrition and personal wellness

The St. Kate’s/CSJ Food Access Hub is a collaboration between the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) and St. Catherine University to address food insecurity, nutrition, and personal wellness needs within and beyond the St. Kate’s and St. Mary’s Health Clinic communities. This project centers student leadership and is supported by staff from CSJ Young Adult Spirituality and Community Engagement, and St. Kate’s Center for Spirituality and Social Justice. The Food Access Hub encompasses the food shelf at 1890 Randolph Ave. and a network of community gardens, and supports several different sustainability initiatives.

FAQ

Any St. Kate’s community member is welcome to use the food shelf, and create a bag of groceries that serves their needs. We offer fresh fruits and vegetables, breads, and an assortment of other foods.

The food shelf is open on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 12–6 pm. and is located in the Carondelet Center Kitchen 101. No appointments needed!

If the food shelf’s open hours do not accommodate your availability, reach out to foodshelf@stkate.edu to arrange a pick-up time that works with your schedule. 

If you are interested in supporting the St. Kate’s food shelf, email us at foodshelf@stkate.edu. Your donation will go directly to the fight against food insecurity in the St. Kate’s community. Personal hygiene products and monetary contributions are especially appreciated. For every dollar donated we are able to purchase $5.00 of food and personal care items from local food banks.

The bee hives, pollinator pathways, and St. Kate’s community garden behind the CdC are all BioClub sustainability initiatives that we help support.  We initiate and support waste-reduction, compost and recycling system upgrades and food recovery on both CSJ and St. Kate’s campuses.  We coordinate and collaborate on environmental sustainability events such as CSJ Earth Day, MPLS/St. Paul Bee Run, and CSJ Service Days.  Additionally, we work with the CSJ Justice Commission to implement our CSJ Congregational Laudato Si’ Action Plan and the St. Kate’s Sustainability Committee to develop and implement their Laudato Si’ Action Plan.

  • Tuesdays thru October, 5 – 7pm – Tend, weed, and harvest the garden

The CSJ Community Garden supplies the Food Access Hub with a variety of fresh, organic produce and builds resilience and community through nutritious food. 

All are welcome to learn organic growing methods, enjoy heirloom produce, participate in local food systems, build community, and share the harvest. Community gardeners take home produce and the rest is donated to the food shelf.

The CSJ Community Garden is located on the west lawn of the CSJ Administration Building, 1884 Randolph Ave.

Learn More

If you would like to learn more or sign up to volunteer with the Food Access Hub, just hit the contact button.