Feed My People's Service Area

 

"We met a fellow up at the Hayward Food Pantry. While we were unloading he came and helped us, even though he was disabled. This man said to us, 'I am sure glad you people are doing this, or I would be out of food.' This made our trip and my volunteer efforts for Feed My People really feel worthwhile."

- Volunteer Truck Driver for Feed My People

"In the past I used to donate regularly to charity. Now I'm on the other end - receiving food - and I'm very grateful for the help."

- Dunn County Mother, Part of a Working Family of Four

"By obtaining food from FMP, we are able to serve 10 times more families than we would have if we relied only on food drives."

- Roberta Poirier, Bloomer Area Food Pantry

 

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Since 1982 Feed My People Food Bank has been concerned with hunger,
rescuing food before it is wasted and distributing it to people who need it most. We
are a cost effective way to provide food pantries, community meal sites, and shelters
with enough food so thousands of people can be helped each month.
 

What We Do

As a food bank, Feed My People Food Bank is a crucial link between food manufacturers, suppliers, and food assistance programs. Our large warehouse, complete with freezer and cooler space, allows us to store vast quantities of food and distribute it among our partners. As the only food bank in west central Wisconsin, we provide food to more than 100 hunger-relief organizations in 14 counties.
View a listing of Wisconsin hunger-relief agencies.

Support to Wisconsin Hunger-Relief Programs

Feed My People Food Bank provides hunger-relief programs access to millions of pounds of low-cost foods, helping them efficiently meet the needs of their community. In addition to food, we support our partner programs in many other ways including:

Hosting workshops for program representatives twice each year to share ideas and to build their important programs

Facilitating regional fundraising opportunities

Encouraging program growth through incentive grants

Developing food rescue programs with regional businesses

Providing program assistance upon request

Free Food Delivery to Partner Programs

A team of two staff members and about 20 volunteers drive nearly 24,000 miles a month throughout west central Wisconsin delivering food free of a delivery charge. Our six refrigerated trucks make it possible for food assistance programs to receive a variety of foods in larger quantities than what would fit in a personal vehicle. Together we're saving community resources and helping thousands of people struggling with hunger every month.

Become a volunteer driver. Contact Rick Sorensen, warehouse manager, at

Weekend Kids' Meals Program

Each week, we provide bags of food to about 1,800 preschool, elementary, and middle school students who may struggle with hunger when school meals.
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Nutritious Food Subsidy Program

Through our perishable food and retail donation programs, we are able to offer nearly 1.5 million pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, and bread products to partner agencies each year. Feed My People Food Bank began its Nutritious Food Subsidy Program in 2011 to provide a consistent supply of high-demand healthy foods. The food bank purchases items such as chicken, low-sugared cereals, dried beans, milk, and canned fruits and vegetables and makes them available to partner agencies for the cost of shipping and handling. This enables partner programs to continue to stretch their limited budgets while consistently providing healthy foods to our neighbors struggling with hunger.

Senior Hunger

Various programs have been designed to target low-income seniors who may struggle with inadequate nutrition. Seniors have unique challenges including struggles with fixed incomes and transportation issues. Through collaboration with the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County and Meals on Wheels, emergency food boxes are distributed to many individuals who are homebound. In addition, small pantries have been implemented at numerous area low-income housing developments.

Food Rescue Program

The Food Rescue Program saves millions of pounds of good and edible food from ending up in landfills each year. We receive donations of perishable items that have been pulled from the shelves of grocery stores and other retailers and quickly distribute this food to our partner agencies. The program dramatically increases the amount of fresh fruits, vegetables, and breads available for people struggling with hunger.

Repack Program

The food bank receives many bulk food donations as well as buys items in large quantities to cut costs.
Volunteers repackage them into smaller portions for distribution at hunger-relief agencies. This program mainly relies on volunteers to repack and label food.
Learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Mobile Pantries

Designed to fill gaps in access to food, the mobile pantry is ideal for communities that do not have a permanent food pantry. Feed My People Food Bank drives a refrigerated truck with food to a specified location. A non-profit agency agrees to organize volunteers, publicize the event, and distribute the food within hours of the delivery. Currently, we run mobile deliveries annually in Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Price, Taylor, and Trempealeau counties.

Empty Bowls

Each year in March Empty Bowls brings community members together for food and fellowship, while raising money for Feed My People and the many programs we serve. For the past fourteen years, students and local artists have donated thousands of hand-crafted bowls in support of the event.
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