Community Café will serve meals via pick up only, the dining room will not be open.
If Community Café guests would like a meal, please call the office at 285-7225 before 4:00 pm the day of the meal to get on the list. Meals can be picked up between 5:00 and 6:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The Kid's Summer Lunch Program will serve lunches via pick up only as well. This program offers free summer meals to children age 1 to 18. There are no income guidelines or eligibility requirements. Adults may request a lunch at no charge if they are Food Shelf or Servants of Shelter clients.
If Kid's Summer Lunch Program guests would like a meal, please call the office at 285-7225 before 11:00 am the day of the meal to get on the list. Meals can be picked up at the East door between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
Backus Building Tenants Open
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Backus Building Tenants Closed
No Driver's testing
Call (218) 748-2457
If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Backus Community Center office at (218) 285-7225.
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Summer Food Program Underway
Since the Summer of 2010, Backus has provided youth in the community with free, delicious lunches. The Summer Food Service Program serves children ages 1 – 18 and runs Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and does not have any income or eligibility requirements. The program has grown each year since and with the recent economic impact of Covid-19, we are anticipating an increase in participants this summer even though the service has been switched from dine-in to carry-out. This is one of the many precautions we are taking to ensure that families in our community are staying safe and healthy, while still providing them with enjoyable, nourishing food for their children. To reduce waste, we would like parents to call our office either the afternoon before or the morning of and let us know how many meals they would like at (218) 285-7225. We look forward to serving you!
The Community Café program is dedicated to reducing hunger and building a stronger community which is why every Tuesday and Thursday, Backus offers hot, nutritious meals to community members free of charge. Since March 17, Community Café has served over 3,600 guests and averages about 157 meals a night. From 5:00 pm to 6:00pm, any area resident can come pick up meals. Due the Covid- 19 pandemic, meals have been changed from dine-in to carry-out to follow Center of Disease Control guidelines. If you would like to pick up a meal, please call the Backus Office at (218) 285-7225 before 4:00 pm on Café days to reserve your meal. Meals can be picked up at the east door.
It is with great disappointment that Backus Community Center announces the cancellation of Summer Arts Week and open gym. These programs have brought delight and enjoyment to children and the community for several years and we look forward to a time when we are able to host these events again. Backus will still be running the Community Café, Summer Food Program, and Ruby’s Pantry programs and is still offering spaces for rent. All spaces rented must follow the same guidelines as Backus, including the restriction of gatherings greater than 10 people, until further notice. If you are interested in a space, please see “Building Rental” under the “About” tab or call the Backus Office at (218) 285-7225.
The Backus office is open Monday through Friday, 7 am to 4 pm
900 5th St, International Falls, Minnesota 56649, United States
08:00 am – 04:00 pm
Backus Community Center | 900 5th Street,
International Falls (218) 285-7225
"Historic Backus Community Center, the heart of International Falls, where all generations celebrate the arts, culture, recreation, wellness and life-long learning."
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