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The Emergency Food Pantry provides a week’s worth of nutritional food every other month, up to six times a year. This includes bread, frozen meat, eggs, and a variety of non-perishables: cereal, canned soup, canned fruit, sugar, pasta, peanut butter, and vegetables. Many of these supplies are donated and purchased with monetary donations.

Families or individuals living in Cass or Clay County or surrounding areas can receive a food basket every other month. When you come please bring an ID with you.

Distribution Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

The Emergency Food Pantry will be closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day:  January 1
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day:  Third Monday of January
  • Spring Break:  Friday before Easter
  • Memorial Day:  Last Monday of May
  • Independence Day:  July 4
  • Labor Day:  First Monday of Sept
  • Thanksgiving Break: Fourth Thursday and Friday of November
  • Christmas Break:  December 24 and 25
A recognized holiday that falls on a Saturday will be observed on the preceding Friday.  A recognized holiday that falls on a Sunday will be observed on the following Monday.  Dates will be posted on Facebook and stated on voicemail.
Emergency Closings
In general, Emergency Food Pantry will follow the Fargo Public School system for weather closures.  Weather closings will be posted on Facebook and stated on voicemail.


Emergency Food Pantry
1101 4th Ave N
Fargo, ND 58102

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How often can I receive a food basket?

Clients may receive a food basket every other month.

What is an ID?

An ID may include a Driver’s License or an Identification Card with a picture on it. Please call the pantry ahead of time if an ID is not available. In unique situations where a picture ID is not available, the pantry team will work with the client to determine an option.

Our family has a specific diet that we have to eat, will the pantry offer unique food baskets?

The pantry asks each household if they have dietary restrictions or needs. Although we can not ensure that we can meet your exact dietary needs, following your lead, we can determine if some food choices are better for you than others.  A few examples of diets that we have been able to accommodate well are Meat Free, Pork Free, Gluten-Free.

Is it safe to eat food past the date on the label?

Yes, the Emergency Food Pantry will receive food on the package date or even after the date.  The food dating system is based on a manufacturer’s best estimate of quality vs. safety. Nearly all packaged foods past their date are still safe to eat, and oftentimes still perfect quality.

We have a strict guideline for food dates that we can distribute.  Although rare, we will distribute canned food for up to two years past the date and boxed goods up to one year past the date.  Another example is many dairy foods can be safely eaten 3 to 14 days past the date.

We use research-based information as a guide to ensure that the food we provide is within a safe time-frame.  One credible website is