The mission of Stillwater based Valley Outreach over the past 37 years has been to help people move their lives forward through basic needs, services and personalized support.
Originating in 1983 as St. Croix Valley Food Shelf, it was initially a collaboration of several local churches. As the organization expanded its size and services to include a clothing program, the newly expanded StyleXchange and support from licensed social workers, it has evolved into a wide-reaching provider of services.
Between 2018 and 2019, Valley Outreach provided over 1 million meals and 68,000 clothing items to people in need, with the help of almost 27,000 volunteer hours provided by community members.
Although it has recently limited the number of volunteers due to the COVID-19 pandemic and CDC guidelines, there are still opportunities for community members to help. Most needed are condiments, canned goods, grains, spices and oils, cereal, personal care products and baby supplies. Financial donations are encouraged as well. Clothing items are accepted year-round. Valley Outreach currently offers drive-up food services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30- 11:30 a.m. and on Tuesday, Thursday from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. To find out more about programs and how to help, visit valleyoutreachmn.org.