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Wanted: Ethnic foods

Added on Friday, March 1, 2013

The state’s largest food drive of the year, Minnesota FoodShare Month, kicked off March 1 with an added request from The Salvation Army for nonperishable ethnic foods in the Twin Cities, Albert Lea and Montgomery.

“While we encourage donations of all kinds of nonperishables, we’re asking people to consider giving Asian and Hispanic foods – the neighborhoods we serve are changing,” said Major Jeff Strickler, Twin Cities Salvation Army Commander.

At bottom are shopping lists for specific Asian and Hispanic foods and the Salvation Army locations that need them. Drop-off times in Albert Lea and the Twin Cities generally are weekdays 9 a.m.–4 p.m., but check with your nearest location for specifics. Montgomery accepts donations Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

All other nonperishable food donations can be dropped off at any Salvation Army worship and service center. To find your nearest location, type in your zip code at the top of this page.

Ethnic food donations help people like Te Mo, a 22-year-old from Thailand who now lives with her parents in St. Paul. Not long ago, the family was living in a refugee camp. Her father has a job in food service, but it doesn’t always pay enough to cover the family’s grocery bill. They come to The Salvation Army for rice, noodles, bamboo shoots and other Asian foods.

“I want to say thank you for helping my family,” she said of The Salvation Army and its supporters.

Shopping lists

Asian: rice, bamboo shoots, canned veggies (straw mushroom, baby corn) and dry noodles (pink bean thread, rice vermicelli, rice sticks, Asian ramen).

Hispanic: rice, Maseca® corn flour, cooking oil, hot sauce, salsa, canned fruit, canned veggies and canned hot peppers.

Location information

Albert Lea

  • 302 Court St. (Hispanic)


  • 2727 Central Ave. NE (Asian, Hispanic)
  • 1604 East Lake Street (Hispanic)
  • 2024 Lyndale Ave. N. (Asian)


  • 105 3rd St. NW (Hispanic)

St. Paul

  • 1019 Payne Ave. (Asian, Hispanic)
  • 401 West 7th St. (Asian, Hispanic)

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