Fond du Lac County Food Resources During COVID-19

Fond du Lac County has many individually operated food pantries, hot meal programs, and food assistance programs. This webpage is a hub of information and resources provided by the Fond du Lac Food Providers Group to support our county in getting residents connected to healthy food during this time.

This webpage is updated daily as new information and resources become available. For a half-sheet paper version of this resource to distribute at your site, go to: QR Code Half-Sheet

If you have any additional resources to share, please email amanda.m.miller@wisc.edu or melanie.phillips@wisc.edu. Last updated: 1/12/2021, 8 am

Food Resources for Anyone

Fond du Lac Food Pantries/Hot Meal Programs:

Brandon Food Pantry is open to Rosendale/Brandon School District residents only. Open 3rd Wednesday of each month, 1:30-4:30pm for pick-up. Please do not get out of your vehicle, they will bring food to you. Contact: (920) 273-9196

Broken Bread is handing out pre-packaged boxes. Contact: (920) 921-3363 ext. 6

Church of Peace Food Pantry is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10am-12pm. Contact: (920) 921-8215

CORE Ambassadors For Change is distributing food on an individual basis. Call to arrange. Contact: (920) 238-0793

Fondy Food Pantry is open Monday from 3:30-5:30, Tuesday from 11am-1pm, and Thursday from 3:30-5:30pm. They are providing drive up food boxes. Contact: (920) 322-0369 

Holy Family Catholic Community’s Meal-to-Go program (Blessed Bites) is serving to-go meals every Monday from 4:30-5:30 at St. Mary Church. Contact: (920) 921-0580.

Holyland Food Pantry is open the 3rd Friday of each month offering curbside pickup. Please call prior to your visit (requested but not required). Emergency “Grab-and-go” food is also available 24/7, located in the ‘little library’ attached to its ramp. Contact: (920) 286-1333

Lighthouse Christian Church Food Pantry is open Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-2pm. Must call ahead to make an appointment. Fresh bread and bakery is available in the front lobby on days the pantry is open. This is available to anyone and an appointment is not needed. Contact: (920) 921-3477

Loaves and Fishes is not serving at this time.

Lomira Area Food Pantry is open 2nd and 4th Saturday each month from 10-11am, drive-up only. Contact: (920) 979-3041

Oakfield Area Food Pantry is open to residents of Oakfield School District. Open 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 4-6pm. Pick-up boxes are available. Please call prior to pick-up. Contact: (920) 948-0393 

Ripon Community Dinner is holding drive through community dinners on the last Tuesday of every month from 5:30-6:30 pm. Dinners will be pre-boxed meals that include a sandwich, chips, drink, cookie, and pickle.

Ripon Food Pantry is open to Ripon area residents only. Open Monday-Thursday from 9-11, pick up available. Call prior to visit. Contact: (920) 748-3196

Ruby’s Pantry For important and specific details on how the pantry will operate, visit the pantry’s Facebook page or the church website.

*UPDATE* – Press release for January 2021 distribution. Ruby’s is for anyone who eats. Stretch your grocery dollars. There are no requirements to qualify for food. The cash donation helps to defray trucking expenses.

  • Distribution Date: Thursday January 14th, 2021 (Drive-Thru Distribution)
  • Time: Drive Thru Food Pantry will be open from 4:30pm-6:00pm, or whenever we are out of food shares, whichever comes first. Please enter on the East entrance to Grace Christian Church off of Hwy K. This entrance will not be open before 4:30pm. Vehicles will not be permitted to park on either side of Hwy K. Please also do not park in the Mausoleum or behind our volunteers’ vehicles on 4th St. If you choose to come early, you are more than welcome to park over at Holy Family Catholic Church, but this does not guarantee your place in line.
  • Location: Grace Christian Church, 1596 Fourth St., Fond du Lac, on the corner of Fourth Street and Highway K. (Phone# 920-923-5292) Grace Christian Church’s parking lot and building facilities will be closed to the public.
  • On-line pre-registration: None will be available for this distribution. If you have a certificate, please print it out and bring it to the distribution or have the certificate # available on your phone.
  • What To Expect: Two food shares maximum PER VEHICLE. Food shares are first-come, first-served. Please only have driver and other guest donating for a food share in vehicle with no extra passengers. Please remain in vehicle at all times. Vehicle’s trunk must be EMPTY. Food shares will be pre-bagged and loaded in trunk by our volunteers.
  • Donation: $20 cash donation only (Local businesses and individuals donate food, supplies, equipment and advertising.)
  • Volunteers: Due to our distribution being a drive-thru distribution, we will need all current volunteers to be capable of lifting 10-20 pounds consistently, be on their feet, and move at a quick pace for the duration of the distribution. If you are interested in volunteering in January, please go to www.rubyspantry.org and fill out an application. All applications and background checks must be approved BEFORE the night of the distribution in order for an applicant to volunteer. Masks will be required and social distancing will be implemented.

Salvation Army  is offering “drive up” service to those eligible. Hours are Monday-Friday 9-12:30. Contact: (920) 923-8220

St. Matthew’s Food Pantry is open by appointment only. Call the pantry to arrange food pick-up. Contact: (920) 602-3607

Stone Soup is offering a free meal every Saturday from 12-2 pm. Contact: (920) 238-0793

The Sharing Table is not serving at this time.

Traded Treasures Food Pantry is open Monday 10 am- 3 pm, drive-up only. Contact: (920) 748-5756

Waupun Food Pantry is open Monday-Thursday 9-3 to Waupun residents only. Call to schedule a pick-up. Contact: (920) 324-4000

We Care Food Pantry is open Monday-Wednesday 9 am-2 pm, curbside pick-up. Must call prior to visit. Contact: (920) 923-5292

I am 60+

Fond du Lac County Senior Meal Information

Home Delivered Meals 

  • Provides a noon hot meal delivered Monday through Friday
  • Any person 60 and over or married to someone who is 60+
  • Frail/Homebound
  • Cannot cook for themselves or have someone at home to cook for 
  • Suggested donation of $3.50 per meal
  • To cancel a meal call (920) 929-3937 by 1:00 pm the day prior to the canceled meal
  • Contact the Department of Senior Services at 920-929-3937 for more information

Ripon Senior Activity Center Ripon Seniors 62 + that wish for help with grocery shopping or food delivery can call the Ripon Senior Activity Center (920-748-6540) and leave a message.

Senior Drive-up Meal If you are over the age of 60 and live in FDL County, you can participate in the “DRIVE UP” version of the Senior Dining Program. Call (920) 322-3630 to reserve your meal! Call by noon for the next day! (It is suggested to sign up for multiple days at once.) Pick up meal at Fond du Lac Senior Center, 151 E 1st St, Fond du Lac, 11:30-12 Mon-Fri. Cost – Suggested donation of $3.00. A family member or friend can pick up for you. 

My Meal, My Way Senior Meal Program Department of Senior Services and Boda’s Restaurant, 277 S. Pioneer Rd., Fond du Lac. TAKE-OUT. For folks 60+ years of age. $3.00 suggested donation. Monday – Friday. 10:30 am – 11:45 am. Poorman’s Lobster, waffles with strawberries, and more! To register, call (920) 929-3937 the day before by 12:00 noon.

Stock Box The commodity supplemental food program provides a box of supplementary food to low-income seniors every month. 

I have Children at Home

Families with Children

Fond du Lac County WIC If you are experiencing a decrease in income during the COVID-19 crisis and you find yourself struggling financially, WIC can help. If you’re a parent, caregiver or foster parent and you have children 5 years of age and under, you may qualify for WIC benefits. Find more information and to apply here.

Pandemic EBT (or P-EBT) is a special program that provides benefits for children who normally receive free or reduced price meals at school. This is a benefit that operates like FoodShare — it provides funds on an EBT card, and these funds can only be used for food. These benefits will cover the period March-June.

Fond du Lac County School Meals 

Back to School during COVID and DPI Food Service Guidance: On June 22, 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released back to school guidance titled “Education Forward.” Within guidance, there is a link to the “Interim COVID-19 Cafeteria and Food Service Guidance.” DPI laid out 4 different approaches to bringing students back into the classroom this coming fall. Based on these approaches and the nationwide waivers received from the USDA, the School Nutrition Team (SNT) developed interim guidance. In addition, the SNT included a list of statewide waivers to be requested from USDA. This document can be found on the Child Nutrition Program COVID-19 Information webpage under the Back to School Planning drop down menu.

Other Resources

Other Food & Nutrition Resources

Other Financial Resources

I am a Food Pantry Operator

Resources for Food Pantries 

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