We offer nutritious, culturally-specific food shelves while serving as a gateway to resources that move people toward greater economic stability and health.

Through our food and nutrition programs, we promote partnerships, community involvement, leadership, and volunteerism.

CAPI Asian Food Shelf

Since 1982, CAPI’s Asian-specific food shelf has been meeting the cultural and nutritional needs of approximately 450 low-income Asian families/2,000 individuals each month. This program provides a total of 450,000 pounds of food per year.

CAPI’s bilingual staff also facilitate access to other services such as:

  • ELL Classes
  • Health Care
  • Tax Assistance
  • Earned Income Tax Credits
  • WIC/SNAP/other food support programs
  • Employment Programs

Location:  5930 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center MN 55429

Food Shelf Hours

Mondays – 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | CLOSED Fridays

*New participants MUST schedule an appointment beforehand to complete an in-take application or come to walk-ins on THURSDAYS from 10:00am- 12:00PM and 1-3pm for in-take applications* 

For more information contact us here.



2019: July 12th, July 26th, August 9th, August 23rd, September 13th, September 27th and October 11th 

1:00pm-3:00pm (or until produce is gone)


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

CAPI provides referrals to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and assistance with Food Stamp Application for individuals and families.

This includes:

  • Pre-screening for all benefits
  • Applying/renewing for benefits
  • Checking the status of submitted application
  • Reporting changes

Apply Now

Apply for Food Stamps Online – Hunger Solutions  or call 1-888-711-1151

Community Gardening

The CAPI Gardens Project empowers immigrants and refugees, particularly immigrant and refugee women, to become community leaders through gardening and small-scale farming. The gardens create access to and utilization of affordable, healthy, fresh, and culturally suitable food for Hmong, Laotian and other Southeast Asian immigrant families.

During the growing season CAPI, supports 325 urban gardeners as they raise 4,500 pounds of fresh produce from 15 community gardens. Produce is distributed to each gardener, with the remaining produce sold at a mini-farmers market. More than 2,500 lbs. of produce were distributed through the CAPI Asian Food Shelf.

For more information, contact us here.


CAPI’s holistic approach to health and wellness helps build healthy families and communities.


We provide culturally and linguistically appropriate access to health care, health information, and immunizations; offer senior programs and refugee social services; and support caregivers.

MNsure Enrollment

CAPI collaborates with Portico Health [external link] to conduct MNSure outreach, navigation and enrollment activities with uninsured immigrants. Our bilingual staff and volunteers help immigrants and refugees understand, apply, and enroll for health coverage through the Marketplace. For more information online about the Affordable Care Act and how to enroll, please visit www.healthcare.gov.

Our certified MNSure navigators can assist with the following:

  • Consumer Assessment
  • Consumer Education
  • Account Creation and Maintenance
  • Application and Renewal of Coverage
  • Eligibility
  • Enrollment
  • Exemptions

For more information, contact us

Hmong Seniors Program

The goal of the Hmong Seniors Program is to improve quality of life and prevent long-term nursing home placements by connecting Hmong seniors and their caregivers to support services in the community. CAPI’s Live Well initiative is expanding its services to 250 socially isolated North Minneapolis Hmong seniors and caregivers in partnership with Northpoint Health and Wellness, Hennepin County and The Family Partnership.

CAPI provides information and referrals to Hmong Seniors about housing, medical and financial services, including senior housing, Medicare/Medicaid, social security benefits, food stamps, and energy assistance. CAPI’s bilingual staff are also able to provide interpretation and translation services for Hmong Seniors.

Interested in volunteering? Visit our volunteer opportunities page. For more information, contact us

CAPI Caregiver & Eldercare

The CAPI Caregiver and Eldercare program encourages independent living for elderly refugees by empowering their caregivers. CAPI works with caregivers who provide care for their elderly relatives (grandparents, parents, and other members of their extended family), serving as a resource as they confront the economic, social, and medical difficulties often associated with caring for their loved ones.

Through this program, caregivers gain the skills necessary to access support services and become empowered to make decisions that will improve the quality of life for them and their elderly loved ones. To enroll in CAPI’s Caregiver and Eldercare, contact us 

Services provided for elders include:

• Social program activities
• Transportations for shopping, medical appointments or other activities
• Volunteer companions
• Case management services