Backus Community Center's COMMUNITY CAFE was the recipient of a very successful fundraising event. A team comprised of contagiously influential people from the International Falls community banded together with a mission to raise money to help sustain the Community Cafe meal program into 2021. Through online promotions, telephone calls, and in-person visits and conversations, the group raised (are you ready?) (DRUM ROLL PLEASE!)
FEED JUST ONE
Community Cafe is a twice a week, hot meal program at Backus Community Center. Each Tuesday and Thursday night guests come for a free, hot, nutritious meal. On average 250 meals are served per night. The goal since 2012 has been to reduce hunger and build a stronger community.
Did you know:
There is still time you can help Community Cafe. The fundraiser is complete, but the need in our community continues.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
We are so very grateful to everyone for words of encouragement, for sharing your stories, and for all contributions. YOU make a difference every day!
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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 help us to manage our expected meal counts. Meals can be picked up between 5:00 and 6:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Backus Building Tenants Open
Friday 8:00am -12:00 pm
Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am-12 pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday
Tuesdays & Fridays 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Thursdays 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Opening January 25 by appointment only
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.
Wear a mask... slow the spread
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 9,000 meals and averages about 180 meals per night. From 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, any area resident can come pick up meals. Due the COVID-19 pandemic, meals have been changed from dine-in to pick-up 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.
2020 - 2021 Performing Arts Season
The Performing Arts Season is happening at Backus! Seating is limited, and we won't have season tickets available this year. Please see the "Events" tab in this Web Site for more information. Plan to get your tickets early; there is a great line-up of artists booked for this season!
One last thing...
Backus continues to keep the Community Café and Ruby’s Pantry programs in operation and is still offering spaces for rent. All spaces rented must follow the same safety protocols that are in place for 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, 8 am to 4 pm
900 5th St, International Falls, Minnesota 56649, United States
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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