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 125 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 30 volunteers drive over 100,000 miles a year 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 2,100 preschool, elementary, middle, and high school students who may struggle with hunger when school meals are not available.
Nutritious Food Subsidy Program
Through our perishable food and retail donation programs, we are able to offer nearly 1.8 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.
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.
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.
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, Clark, Pepin, Price, Taylor, and Trempealeau counties.
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. Since 2000, students and local artists have donated thousands of hand-crafted bowls in support of the event. View our sponsors.
View 2017 Sponsors