November 10-18, 2018



Hunger and homelessness are issues that are not unique to our region.


  • 43.1 million Americans live below the poverty level
  • 549,000 Americans are homeless on a typical night
  • 42 million Americans are at risk of suffering from hunger
  • 1 in 5 children in the US live in poverty

In Beltrami County, 18% of people are categorized as living at or below the poverty line. In fact, Beltrami County has the highest poverty rate in the state of Minnesota. NMF has partnered with local organizations to raise the public’s awareness of this issue and to change the face of homelessness. It’s common to think of those who are homeless in the literal sense of not having a home to live in, but more often it’s families, children, and disenfranchised groups who are “home insecure” – meaning they may have somewhere to sleep at night, but it may not be a safe environment for these vulnerable populations. Children are too often seeking shelter with adults who may have drugs and alcohol in the home, or end up with family members who are abusive.

We invite you to check out the list of organizations and resources below, and spend some time considering how you can get involved to aid with this issue that impacts too many of our neighbors and fellow community members.

Bemidji Community Food Shelf

The Bemidji Community Food Shelf is a faith-based, caring place that listens to those who are experiencing food insecurity. We work with our partners to be inclusive and to provide fresh, nourishing foods for those living in Beltrami County and the Bemidji School District.


BI-CAP is a non-profit community action program that assists low income disadvantaged families and individuals in Cass and Beltrami Counties.

Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area

BGCBA’s mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Churches United

Churches United is a non-profit organization of Bemidji area churches, led by the Spirit of Christ, working together to meet the emergency needs of homeless and low-income people in a prayful way.

Community Resource Connections

Improving access to and the effectiveness of community services through collaboration, coordination, and integration.

Evergreen Youth & Family Services

Evergreen Youth & Family Services is a community-based organization committed to strengthening youth and preserving families with an emphasis on those living in Northern Minnesota.

Hope House

A comprehensive community-based support program for persons with serious and persistent mental illness.

Leech Lake Housing

The mission of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Housing Authority is to develop affordable homes and housing opportunities for all Native American families on the Leech Lake Reservation, to provide efficient/sensitive services that lead to self-sufficient tenant/home owners and healthy safe communities.

Lyman “DeDe” Losh Transitional Home – Bena

The main goal of the shelter is to reduce homelessness by providing services and case management with the goal of the resident exiting the shelter into permanent housing.

North Country Food Bank – (Crookston)

North Country’s service area covers 21 counties in northwest and west central Minnesota and part of Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Northwoods Battered Women’s Shelter

NBWS is a domestic violence shelter and advocacy program with a vision of a community free of domestic violence in which safety is a basic human right. NBWS provides emergency crisis shelter and advocacy to victim/survivors of intimate partner violence; this includes shelter services to women and their children and short-term safe housing to men and their children.

Park Place

Park Place of Bemidji is a sixty unit supportive housing development that provides safe, stable housing with services. Forty units serve adults who have been long-term homeless and have a Substance Abuse Disorder while the other twenty units are efficiency apartments for individuals who have been long-term homeless.

Peoples Church

Peoples Church is a multicultural mission congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, with a special emphasis on outreach to people living in poverty.

Red Lake Homeless Shelter

The Red Lake Homeless Shelter provides emergency shelter to families and single adults over the age of 18 inside the homeless shelter providing beds, meals, showers and transit transportation with case management to look for housing and other resources residents may be eligible to receive.

Red Lake Women’s Shelter

The Red Lake Women’s Shelter’s mission is to provide shelter and supportive service to every woman who requests them, excluding no one.

Servants of Shelter

Servants of Shelter is a community-based nonprofit 501 (c)3 committed to upholding the dignity and respect of homeless persons by providing temporary shelter, guidance, and access to community resources.

Thief River Falls Area Food Shelf

United Way of Bemidji Area

The United Way of Bemidji Area’s vision is to be a recognized leader connecting people, resources and ideas to create a thriving community characterized by measurable and long-lasting improvements in education, income, and health.

Village of Hope

Village of Hope’s mission is to promote self worth and independence through the provision of temporary shelter and supportive services for families experiencing homelessness.

Wolfe Center

A nighttime shelter for chronic homeless people struggling with chemical dependency.