Canasta Familiar

Free Food Distribution Program






















Canasta Familiar is a free food distribution program that includes fresh produce (fruits and vegetables), meat and other non-perishable items.


Each week, Canasta Familiar receives donations of food and fresh produce for families throughout our service area. Foods vary according to availability.


CLUES is partnering with Valley Outreach in the work of building healthy, hunger-free communities. Funding is provided by Greater Twin Cities United Way and United Health Group.

Why is it important?

One in six Latino households in the U.S. struggle with hunger, and nearly one in four Latino children is at risk of hunger (Feeding America). The CLUES Canasta Familiar is designed to help families gain access to the healthy foods they need to live a full and healthy life.


For whom?

  • This program is open and available to CLUES participants and the broader community.
  • Families will be able to choose their food and select the items that are most appropriate for their home.
  • There is a limit of one basket per family.


How do you register? 


  • The Canasta Familiar hours of operation are every Monday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
  • The Canasta Familiar will open its doors no sooner than 15 minutes before its scheduled opening. No tickets are distributed after the scheduled closing time.
  • There is a ticket counter near the entrance of the Canasta Familiar open at 1:00 pm for sign-up. Please take one ticket as soon as you arrive. It ensures your place in line.
  • Canasta Familiar participants can shop every week.


Client Policies 


  • CLUES hopes your experience with us is a positive one. Staff of the Canasta Familiar has created the following guidelines to provide you with information on what you can expect during your visit. 


Do you have any questions? 

Call or email for more information.

CLUES Canasta Familiar


Janelle Calvo-Nieto
Food Access Specialist


Be a volunteer! 

Want to make a difference in your community? Have an interest in sustainable and healthy eating? Join the CLUES’ Canasta Familiar team!


Canasta Familiar volunteers will provide support in sorting and distributing food items. Volunteers will also welcome clients and participants to CLUES and guide them through the food selection. Our goal is to increase access to healthy food systems and the consumption of fruits and vegetables that address food insecurity in the community.


Sign up to be a volunteer or contact our Volunteer Services team for more information: | 651-379-4220.


For information in Spanish click here.

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