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Cross Center of

Benton Co, MN

150 Fourth Ave.

P.O. Box 205

Foley, MN 56329


1pm-4pm, 6pm-8pm



Other Local Services

Resurrection Lutheran Church
610 County Road 2

St. Joseph, MN
Open to everyone, sells packages of fruits, vegetables, and frozen meats. 3:30 - 5:30 on Monday night -see website for schedule and prices.   



Salem Lutheran Church 90 Riverside Dr. SE, St. Cloud, MN 56329    Dates for 2016:  

Sept 12, Oct 3,

Nov 7, Dec 5.  

(same choices and prices as the St. Joe one)


 in Ramey, MN
Bethany Lutheran Church
34238  Nature Rd
Pierz, MN  56364
2nd Wednesdayof the month


$20 for each unit of food.  Bring empty containers for your food.

A Miracle Beginning ...

Believe it or not, one small act does make a difference in the lives of many.

    In 1982, a woman passing through the city of Foley found herself in a unique position -- in need of food and shelter. Eventually, she found assistance through a local church. Before the woman departed from the community, she proposed that the community initiate its own local food shelf. The idea became a reality, and a food shelf was opened in Foley. Today, after 30 plus years, the C.R.O.S.S. Center's outreach has established itself as a strong, viable resource in assisting individuals and families of Benton County who are experiencing short term financial difficulties.

Heartbeat of Success ...

  - A volunteer can be described as an individual who enters or offers to enter into any service of his/her own free will, without solicitation or compulsion. Like many organizations, volunteers are the secret pulse of the Center's achievements. Volunteers at the C.R.O.S.S. Center have chosen to commit personal time - week after week, month after month, year after year. If this sounds repetitive, then it is this repetitiveness that has built the Center's strong foundation and its ongoing success. The C.R.O.S.S. Center would not exist without the continuing support of the helping hands and compassionate hearts of these remarkable individuals.

A Community Unites ...

Food Shelves are typically operated by community nonprofit, religious and volunteer groups. Forty percent of the food distributed each year is donated through the generosity of individuals, congregations, schools and businesses which sponsor food drives.

The C.R.O.S.S. Center's mission is made possible in part by individuals and the following supporters:

Our Mission Statement: To provide encouragement and assistance to residents of Benton County who are experiencing short-term difficulties in meeting their basic needs for food and clothing.  Assistance is provided regardless of race, color or creed for those who qualify.

CROSS of Benton County serves all low income persons living in Benton county including persons with disabilities to the best of our ability.

VOLUNTEERS: We have over 55 volunteers on a regular schedule.   These volunteers are on the Board or work at the Center, sorting clothes and other donations, filling food orders, ordering food from Second Harvest, unloading trucks, and assisting clients in various ways.

FUNDING SOURCES: Cash and food donations come from the public, area churches, schools, area Civic groups, and other groups and businesses in the area along with some food grants through Hunger Solutions, the United Way of Central Minnesota and the Benton Telecommunications Foundation.

SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK:  For every dollar donated to CROSS, $9.00 - $10.00 worth of food can be purchased from the food bank. Food is ordered from the food bank each month.

The C.R.O.S.S. Center Board would like to express their gratitude to each and every volunteer from the past, present and into the future for their vision, tireless effort and for their generous gift of giving.