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Maple Grove


Spring Park

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(952) 473-7908

We've compiled a list of helpful free community resources for families in need.
Resource Locators

Free & Local Resources

Food Resources
  • The SNAP outreach team works one-on-one with Minnesotans experiencing hunger and food insecurity. They can help families determine if they qualify for SNAP benefits, help with the application process, and provide other food resources as needed.

  • Families can download this free app provided by Hunger Impact Partners to a phone or smart device. The app locates free summer meals in communities for children and the adults in their lives.

  • A Comprehensive Directory of Food Pantries

    Our comprehensive guide connects you with food pantries in Minnesota. Find pantry details, hours, pictures, and qualification requirements, and combat hunger effectively.

Medical Transportation Resources
  • Medial Assistance rides and mileage reimbursement for patients with Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare for the following counties: Ramsey, Hennepin, Anoka, Dakota, Washington, Isanti, Chisago, and Sherburne. You must call at least 3 days prior to your appointment.

  • Medical assistance rides and mileage reimbursement for Scott and Carver counties.

  • Use the numbers below to schedule, change, or cancel a ride. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday between 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. You must call at least 1 day prior to your appointment.

  • For HealthPartners members with PMAP, MSC+, MSHO or SNBC plans. Available Monday - Friday between 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM. You must call at least 3 days prior to your appointment.

  • Call Medica member services at the number on the back of your Medica ID card Monday - Friday between 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, or use the toll-free number below.

  • Available Monday - Friday between 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM. You must call at least 2 days prior to your appointment.

  • Available Monday - Friday between 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.

Non-Medical Transportation Resources
  • Makes public transit more affordable for people with lower incomes. TAP provides a year-long reduced fare pass on a Go-To Card: just $1 per ride

  • Offers vehicles to working single moms in the Twin Cities area (7-county metro).

  • Low-cost car repair and free pre-purchase car inspections for customers who have a household income at or below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines. Documents that can be used to verify income include: pay stubs, social security or SSI income statements, proof of WIC benefits, proof of medical assistance eligibility, or an income verification form completed by a caseworker.

Dental Resources
  • Group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling, and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need in Scott and Dakota County.

Car Seats
  • Provides car seats, breast pumps and doulas for families with state public insurance through Blue Plus, HealthPartners, Hennepin Health and UCare.

Family Home Visiting
  • Any caregiver that is pregnant or has a child under 4.5 years is eligible. They have a variety of programs for all types of families. Examples of why to refer include first-time parent, parent under 19, unstable housing, no support system, using medical assistance, or doesn't have health insurance.

  • Voluntary, public health home visiting program dedicated to helping first time parents of any age develop positive parenting skills, and support child health and development.

  • Visits focus on supporting women to have healthy pregnancies and positive birth experiences. After baby is born, visits help promote child's health, including providing newborn weight checks, breastfeeding support, parenting and safety tips, and education on how child is growing, learning, and developing.

County-Based Assistance
  • Each county has a CAP organization that provides support through various programs and services including housing assistance, utility bill assistance, healthcare enrollment, food and nutrition services, Head Start early childhood programming, and more.

Childcare & Preschool
  • Call for customized referral help to find quality child care.

  • Provides financial assistance for child care.

  • The State offers direct financial help to families with lower incomes. Families should call their local child care assistance office to see if they qualify.

Legal Resources
  • Available Monday - Thursday from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

  • Serves Hennepin, Sherburne, Chisago, and Wright counties.

  • The Minneapolis office serves Hennepin and Anoka counties. The St. Cloud office serves Benton, Chisago, Isanti, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, and Wright Counties.


    St. Cloud

  • Serves Ramsey, Scott, Carver, Washington, and Dakota counties. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM and 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM.

  • Minnesota State Bar Association

  • Self-help information to resolve legal issues.

Youth Activities
  • Sports leagues, art classes, summer programs and all kinds of fun for children, teens and families. Need-based financial assistance is available to cover the cost of activities for youth.

  • Healthy Lifestyles programs develop young people’s capacity to live healthfully by educating youth about fitness, nutrition and smart decisions.

    Clubs are open to youth ages 6-18.

    Membership cost is $5.00 per academic year.

  • Free sports camps throughout Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding metro areas. Camp ages vary by sport and location.

    Youth are able to attend for free!

  • This website has many ideas to explore the Twin Cities with kids for free or on a budget.

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