Help for Hard Times: Food Assistance

Our librarians are often asked to find community resources related to food assistance, health assistance, housing assistance, and shelter.  While United Way's 2-1-1 is the most comprehensive resource available, we've duplicated sources we've verified and refer to on our web site as well.

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Food Assistance

ACCESS Wisconsin - Access to Eligibility Support Services for Health & Nutrition
Find out if you are eligible to receive help through Wisconsin's health and nutrition programs.

Food Pantries Serving Dane County (United Way)
Go to United Way 2-1-1 I&R Database
Click on search our databases online then use service keyword search for Soup Kitchens or Food Pantries.

FoodShare Outreach
Call 1-877-366-3635 to get screened for FoodShare benefits and set-up a free, confidential appointment to apply.  More information at:

Madison and Dane County Food Resource Guide
Public Health- Madison & Dane County

Food Pantries - Downtown

First United Methodist Church - 203 Wisconsin Ave.

Food Pantry open Mon and Wed: 10am-noon, Tues and Thurs: 5:30-6:30pm.
On-site registration day of (no phone registration), clients may access the pantry up to one day each week.

Grace Episcopal Church - 116 W. Washington Ave.

Food pantry open Tues, Wed, and Thurs: 1-3pm, Sat: 10am – noon, Tues: 10-11am (for Spanish speakers)

Free Meals

Catholic Multicultural Center - 1862 Beld St.
Monday-Friday: 4-5pm
Saturday-Sunday: 11am-noon

First United Methodist Church - 203 Wisconsin Ave.
Breakfast on Wednesday: 9am -9:30am
To-Go meals on Tuesday and Thursday: 9am – noon

Friends of the State Street Family - Top of State Street at Capitol Square (formerly Philosopher’s Grove)
Saturday: 3pm

Grace Episcopal church - 116 W Washington Ave.
Breakfast 7 days a week: 5:45am-7am

Luke House - 310 S. Ingersoll St.
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am-12:30pm
Sunday-Thursday: 5:45-6:30pm

Rescue Mission - 2540 E. Mifflin St.
Thursday - Saturday: 9:30-11:30am

Savory Sunday
Sunday: 2pm
Wisconsin State Capitol basement (Fall & Winter)/James Madison Park (Memorial Day - Labor Day)

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