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Need Food?

Who is eligible?

Any resident of Blue Earth County or North Mankato may receive assistance from ECHO Food Shelf. 

Available Food Items

  • Soups
  • Beans
  • Cereal
  • Vegetables
  • Tuna
  • Eggs
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pasta
  • Meat
  • Fruit
  • Rice
  • Milk

We ask that you bring your own boxes or bags to pack your groceries.

Eligibility and Registration

Eligibility is self declared.

Non-standard Requests

Because ECHO is a client choice food shelf, you will be able to choose the items that you would prefer. There will be a volunteer assisting you with finding the food items you need.
  Anything beyond the standard food order including baby items, snacks, juice, laundry detergent, dish soap, baking supplies, soy milk, powdered milk, personal care items, etc. may or may not be available.

How do I receive food?

Are you new?

Stop by during regular hours to fill out an application and receive food. This process may take up to an hour.

Are you a current client?

  • Set up an appointment by phone, 507-345-7508.  Phones are answered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00am to 4:30pm and Thursday from 9:00am to 6:30pm.
  • Schedule online before 9am on the day of your appointment. Click here to make an online appointment.  (You will be directed to signupgenius.com.)  The following information will be needed:
    • Name of Household
    • Client #
    • What type of visit your want: regular or ECHO Extras
    • Number of people in household
  • Set up an appointment in person during regular hours.  Doors open 1 1/2 hours after phone lines.  You will receive the next available appointment.

Additional Programs

ECHO Delivers Outreach Program

ECHO recognizes that there is a segment of the population who needs extra food for their diet but cannot access the food shelf during regular operating hours because they lack transportation.  For residents in this situation, ECHO will start offering delivery of food supplies to those individuals who ask for the service.

Call our client line at 507-345-7508 if you need help.

ECHO Extras

Clients receive food items that we have in abundance.  This program may be used 1 time per week.

Summer Feeding Program

The Summer Feeding Program provides supplemental food for children during the summer months when school lunches are not available.  Families receive food 1 time per week.

Thanksgiving Basket Distribution

ECHO offers Thanksgiving Baskets which contain a turkey or ham and other food items to complete a Thanksgiving meal.  This service is offered the week before Thanksgiving.


Please contact ECHO if you are unable to make it to your scheduled appointment.