Welcome to our Neighborhood!

Organized in 1915, East Side Neighborhood Services is a nonprofit human service agency that provides social and other services to individuals, families and the communities of primarily Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis. Our purpose is to assist people of all ages and backgrounds in realizing a higher quality of life.


Our Metro Food Programs serve over 5500 individuals throughout Hennepin County.

Without assistance from these programs, participants find that the food they buy to feed their families does not last till the next check comes.  They cannot afford to eat balanced meals. They may go to bed hungry or skip eating for the day so that someone else in their household can eat.

If you have given to any of our food support programs in the past — the Senior Food Shelf, the Glendale Food Shelf, or the High Rise Mobile Food Shelf — you have helped real people from becoming hunger statistics.

People like Britney, who sent us a card: “Thank you for blessing me with kindness in meeting my food needs.” Or Emmitt: “I found myself in a most embarrassing and extremely challenging situation, however, your generosity and wonderful spirit assisted me in holding my head high despite personal adversity.”

Whether you’ve donated to our Food Programs before or not, you now have a unique opportunity to increase your impact for people like Britney and Emmitt.

All our food support programs rely on one food warehouse, built in the 1930’s as a fish processing building and located at 554 8th Avenue North in Minneapolis. It now needs a makeover for safety and efficiency.  

Until September 1st, all gifts from new donors and from donors who increase their largest past gift will be matched up to $25,000 by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to help accomplish this goal.  

To date, we have raised over $18,000 — we’re so close! Can you help?

If you have already given to this campaign, we thank you! You can still help by sharing this appeal among your friends and followers on social media. When you do, tell them why you care deeply about food security. About social justice. About your neighbors.


Upcoming Events: 

  • Health & Wellness Expo 2017: Your Community for a Lifetime
    Tuesday, September 12, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    East Side invites you to a FREE, fun, and educational event for older adults and neighbors! Learn about community resources geared toward adults 50 and older from 40+ vendors. Enjoy demonstrations, giveaways, and door prizes. Receive health screenings for blood pressure, glucose, hearing, and more, and bring your insurance card/photo ID for flu shots.
  • Mill City Charity Golf Tournament
    Thursday, September 21, 11:00 am
    Tournament registration includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, and awards & drawing for prizes. The cost of your registration provides a year of school supplies for one child in our after-school programs or one teen at Menlo Park Academy Alternative High School.
  • Nordeast Big River Brew Fest
    Saturday, October 7, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
    Join us for the 7th Annual Nordeast Big River Brew Fest! Featuring a diverse array of micro and craft brews — over 200 in total — as well as great food, live music, and a complimentary tasting mug! All proceeds benefit East Side and advance our mission to foster the healthy development and well being of individuals and families while strengthening our diverse community.

  • Growing Connections
    Thursdays, August 2 - September 28, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Join us for a new social and educational eight-week series, taught by Extension Master Gardener Volunteers from the University of Minnesota, for people living with early dementia or mild cognitive impairment and their care partners. This series, in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association (Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter), will share the joy of growing plants, social connections, and cultural outings.
  • Living Well with Chronic Conditions
    Wednesdays, August 16 - September 20, 1:00 - 3:30pm
    Gain skills to live a healthier life! Living Well with Chronic Conditions covers many topics, including healthy eating, exercise, and medication usage as well as managing fatigue, pain, and emotions. You will learn to set goals, share experiences with others, and problem-solve. All participants receive a reference book. 
  • Elder Law Clinics
    August 26, September 30 and October 28, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Neighborhood seniors can meet with an attorney for a half-hour consultation at no charge! Issues covered can be estate planning, probate, landlord/tenant issues, social security or miscellaneous issues. Seniors will be able to do actual work on basic wills, health care directives, and statutory short form for power of attorney. Call the front desk at 612-781-6011 to make an appointment, or email Laura at lmurphy@esns.org. 

  • Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance
    Mondays and Wednesdays, June 5 - August 30, 10:30 - 11:30 am 
    This Tai Chi class reduces risk of falls by improving balance, muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility through mindful movements in a slow, flowing motion. All classes are held at East Side. The cost of these classes is based on ability to pay. No one will be turned away due to financial constraints. To register, call 612-787-4045 or email Empowering Vital Aging at TeamEVA@esns.org.




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    East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Service Provider
    1700 Second Street NE • Minneapolis, MN 55413 • 612-781-6011

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