About Us


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Basic Needs Action Team was established in 1996 to determine how to meet the needs of the disadvantaged within the community. It was decided that a community-based thrift store should be opened, where the general public could donate their gently used goods for resale.


Basic Needs Inc. of South Washington County applied for and received non-profit status [IRS 501 (c) (3)]. Stone Soup Thrift shop opened on September 7th, 1997.


During 2016, Stone Soup provided voucher assistance to those lacking the funds to purchases basic household goods, furniture and clothing. The vouchers allow Stone Soup to provide these goods at no cost. These donations helped community churches and other agencies, along with over 300 children and over 400 adults.


We are proud to say that over the last 20 years, we have provided more than one million dollars’ worth of free merchandise to people in need.

Please contact us to learn more about how you can help us, or how we may help you.

As a nonprofit, Stone Soup has been a large contributor in helping within Washington County for over 20 years. With the support of many volunteers, grants and donations, we have been able to help a large number of people within the community. 


We continue to provide vouchers for merchandise, at no cost, to families, individuals and community groups who lack the necessary funds to purchase various basic necessities.  

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Stone Soup Thrift Shop's parent organization is Basic Needs Inc. of South Washington County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

950 3rd Street, Suite 101 | St. Paul Park, MN  55071 | (651) 458-9786

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