Resources for Families
2-1-1 Information and Referral
Try calling 2-1-1 (1-800- 543-7709) for information on senior childcare, legal help, transportation, housing, employment, food, counseling, volunteering, and much more! United Way of Steele County helps fund this service for our area. 2-1-1 is a free, multilingual, and confidential phone service that is available 24/7/365.
1850 Austin Road, Suite 103
The Steele County Food Shelf can provide up to a 10-day supply of a variety of nutritious foods.
155 Oakdale Street, Suite A
Families may apply for the Free and Reduced Lunch program by applying online at or by stopping or calling 515 West Bridge Street. Qualifying students receive free breakfast and free/reduced lunches.
School Backpack programs/Weekend Pantry programs
Local programs support families by supplying a backpack of food or food and recipes for children/families for the weekend, depending on the age of the student. Contact your child’s school social worker for more information.
Free Community Meals
When: Every Sunday
Time: 5:00 - 6:15 p.m.
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 609 Lincoln Avenue Owatonna
Room: Fellowship Hall
For more information or transportation needs call: (507) 451-4520
When: Every Wednesday
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Bethel Church, 1611 Hemlock Ave Owatonna
Room: Multipurpose Room, downstairs, across from the kitchen.
For more information call: (507) 451-8548
When: Every Tuesday
Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 512 S Elm Ave, Owatonna
For more information call: (507) 451-4845
The Steele County Clothesline can provide free clothing and small household items to Steele County residents in need.
155 Oakdale Street, Suite A
Health and Dental
The Children's Remedial Fund of Steele County is a program intended to provide financial support to eligible families who have children with medical, dental, vision, hearing, school supplies and winter clothing needs. You can download and print an application on the website or request an application from your community school nurse or school social worker.
Some of the schools offer dental clinics in partnership with Let’s Smile Inc. These services are for families on state insurance programs or have no dental insurance. Let’s Smile also provides dental cleanings at the Steele County Clothesline on most Wednesdays. Contact your child’s school social worker for more information or contact Holly from Let’s Smile directly at 507-363-3023
FamilyWize is a prescription discount drug program that could potentially save you 40% on prescription drugs. The discount cards are free of charge and available at.
If your family is experiencing or anticipates loss of housing please contact your school social worker. There are protections and services available to you under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. There are also resources within the community to support with eviction prevention.
The school social workers in each building have a supply of school supplies to hand out to students/families in need. Please contact your child’s school social worker if your child is needing school supplies.
Car Repair Funds
SEMCAC a local agency is offering car repair funds to support to families facing financial hardship as long as there is a child under the age of 18 in the home. The can be reached by phone at 507-864-7741 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.