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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Neighborhood Centers, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: To improve the lives of the residents of the east side of st. Paul, by empowering individuals, strengthening families, and promoting their independence.

Programs: Emergency services program operates two food shelves and provides emergency assistance to families and individuals. This program also serves families and children by providing school supplies, holiday food and support. The program served 9,702 individuals.

the senior program provides meals on wheels and chore services, vital to assisting individuals in maintaining independence; a monthly brown bag of food, at minimal cost, to supplement food budget and improve nutrition; and social activities to keep seniors involved in their community and impact their sense of isolation. The program served 844 individuals.

youth and family programs includes academic enrichment, cultural awareness, mentoring, and support aimed at closing the achievement gap, and addressing the racial disparities and disproportionality of services for youth and their families, ages 5 to 15 years. Parenting enrichment classes, case management and referal services are included. The program served 832 individuals.

the employment program and all other program activities.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Merrick's new food bank facility is arranged and managed focused on the needs of participants. I attended the recent open house and was impressed with the efficiency, layout, helpful volunteers and staff along with the children's play area. This program offers participants a choice in the food they select - making sure they get a variety of nutritious food that fits their family's needs. Nancy Diekmann

Board Member

Rating: 5

Merrick Community Service's new food shelf located at 1075 Hudson Road in St. Paul, is clean, convenient and inviting. It offers a wide variety of food to accommodate diverse cultures. The staff and volunteers are friendly and helpful. The new food shelf is a great addition to the East side community.