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Top 5 items needed 
  • Peanut butter 

  • Canned tuna or chicken

  • 16-48oz bottles of vegetable oil

  • 64 oz bottles of 100% fruit juice

  • toilet paper 

About The Open Door

The Open Door’s mission is “a fresh approach to ending local hunger through access to health food”.

The Open Door is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year as a nonprofit organization supporting low-income residents through access to fresh and healthy food. Each month, our collective programs serve more than 6,000 people and distribute over 1 million pounds of food annually, nearly 70% of which is fresh and/or perishable. Clients may access nutritious food options through a fixed-site food pantry in Eagan, 28 Mobile Pantry sites, the Mobile Lunchbox, and the Garden to Table program. Through our healthy food focus and innovative programs, we have sought to redefine how our sector approaches hunger relief. We view hunger through a community-health lens, and work to help our clients improve access to nutritious food in an equitable manner.


  • $100.00 provides 2weeks of groceries for three families. 

  • $50.00 provides milk for 50 Families.

  • $30.00 provides eggs for 30 Families.

Hunger in Dakota County:

  • 31,200 people in Dakota County are food insecure. 

  • 1/3rd of Dakota County residents have low access to food. 

    • Urban areas: > 1 mile from grocery store

    • Suburban areas: > 10 miles from grocery store

  • 1 out of 3 children eligible for free or reduced lunch nationwide now live in the suburbs.

  • Minimum wage = needing to work 75 hours/week to afford a two bedroom apartment in Dakota County.

  • For the first time in history there are more people in poverty in the suburbs than in the urban core. 

  • Senior visits to food shelves in Dakota County are up 57% over the last 7 years. 

For more information on the Open Door please go to the website at

Ways to Give

  1. Bring food! Bring a healthy food item to the race and look for the donation drop spot near the start line. 

  2. Fundraise as an individual: Create a fundraising page through on your participant dashboard at invite your friends to donate through email and social media. For best results add a picture and a story to your profile. 

  3. Fundraise as a team: Your team can fundraise collectively to make a difference. There is power in numbers. 

  4. Make a donation: You can make a donation online. You can also donate to a team or participant.

  5. Employer matching gift: Many employers will match donations made by employees to non-profits. Check with your HR.

Additional items needed at the Pantry

Fresh & Perishable
  • eggs

  • milk

  • fruits: apples, oranges, melons

  • vegetables with a long shelf life: potatoes, winter squash, onions, carrots

  • tortillas: corn, flour or whole grain​

Items no longer distributed
  • pop or sugar-added beverages

  • candy

  • bakery sweets including: cake, donuts, cookies, pastries

  • ramen noodles

  • chips and other salty bagged snacks

  • canned pasta

​Dry Goods
  • oatmeal

  • peanut butter

  • rice: brown or white

  • pasta: white, whole-wheat

  • dried beans: black, pinto

  • vegetable and olive oils

  • cereal

  • flour: white, wheat, mesa

  • 100% juice

  • canned fruit

  • canned vegetables

  • diced tomatoes

  • sugar: brown, white, powdered

  • pancake mix & syrup

  • tuna and canned chicken

  • macaroni and cheese

  • hearty soups

  • ketchup, mustard, bbq sauce, hot sauce

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