Madison-Area Food Banks and Pantries

Above: The Badger Prairie Needs Network. Photography by Hillary Schave.

These area resources all offer assistance to the Madison area. Read more about food insecurity and how to help in our feature article here.

Badger Prairie Needs Network

The Badger Prairie Needs Network is a Verona-based food pantry serving all of Dane County with an all-volunteer staff. Clients can visit twice per month and they offer curbside pickup.

Extended Hands Pantry

Extended Hands Food Pantry is open twice per week outside of Lighthouse Church & School on the West Side and operates a curbside food pantry out of a refrigerated truck.

Middleton Outreach Ministry

Middleton Outreach Ministry serves West Madison, Middleton and Cross Plains. Their food pantry is open three days per week, and clients can visit as often as they’d like.

The River Food Pantry

As the busiest food pantry in South Central Wisconsin, The River Food Pantry serves the area by providing free groceries and meals for pickup or delivery. Established in 2006, the pantry serves over 2,000 people weekly.

School District Summer Food Programs

Dane County-area school districts offer free summer food programs that offer two meals per day, at various sites within their districts. Various websites; contact your school district or search online

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin

Located in Madison, Second Harvest Foodbank not only operates a food distribution center but also makes food accessible to partner agencies. The food bank distributes more than 20 million pounds of food throughout 16 Wisconsin counties annually.

Sunshine Place

Located in Sun Prairie, Sunshine Place prepares Monday evening meals to-go, and operates a food pantry that’s open six days a week.

The Waunakee Food Pantry

This pantry is open to families in the Waunakee School District as well as residents of the village of Dane.

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