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Food Bank

CAC knows that no one chooses to go hungry. The research on food insecurity, especially for children, is clear: children who miss meals have lower educational outcomes, more behavioral issues, and are at higher risk for chronic health conditions. We work to make sure individuals and families have stable access to nutritious food. The foundation for our food security programs is our food bank and our coordination of the Dane County Food Pantry Network (DCFPN), the Jefferson County Food Pantry Coalition, and distribution to Waukesha County Food Sites. We administer and distribute The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) in all three counties – a program of the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides food for pantry shelves and meal sites. We also coordinate community food drives throughout the year, including the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

 In 2017, CAC distributed 2,906,211 pounds of food to 47,395 individuals at 90 pantries, shelters and meal sites

Dane County Food Pantry Network

The Dane County Food Pantry Network (DCFPN) is a group of approximately 50 food pantries, meal sites, and shelters throughout Dane County. These agencies receive food and technical support from CAC’s Food Security Division. The DCFPN was established by CAC and meets regularly to discuss hunger issues, food availability and collaboration projects.

Madison Area Food Pantries

Allied Food Pantry
Bashford Food Pantry
Bethel Food Pantry
Bread of Life Food Pantry, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Catholic Multicultural Center Food Pantry
East Madison Community Center
Falk Elementary School
First United Methodist Church
Goodman Community Center Fritz Food Pantry
Good Shepherd Food Pantry
Grace Episcopal Church Food Pantry
Heights Unlimited
Kennedy Heights Community Center Food Pantry
Lakeview Lutheran Church Food Pantry
Life Center Madison
Lussier Community Education Center
Meadowood Neighborhood Center
Mount Zion Baptist Church
Saint Mark’s Food Pantry 
Saint Stephen’s Food Pantry
Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
Salvation Army
Solomon’s Food Pantry, S.S. Morris A.M.E. Church
The River Food Pantry
United Asian Services of Wisconsin, Inc.
Westwood Christian Church Food Pantry
Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center
YWCA Madison

Outlying Food Pantries

Badger Prairie Needs Network
Belleville Food Pantry
Blue Mounds Countryside Communities Center
Cambridge Food Pantry and Resource Center
Deerfield Food Pantry
DeForest Area Community & Senior Center
Marshall/Waterloo Food Pantry
Mazomanie Christians in Action Community Food Pantry
McFarland Community Food Pantry
Middleton Outreach Ministry (M.O.M)
Mt. Horeb Area Food Pantry
Oregon Area Food Pantry
Stoughton City Food Pantry
Stoughton United Methodist Church Food Pantry
Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry
Waunakee Food Pantry

Meal Sites

Pro Labore Dei (For the Labor of God)
Badger Prairie Needs Network 
The Beacon
Bethel Lutheran Church
Catholic Multicultural Center
First United Methodist Church
Luke House
Off the Square Club
Savory Sunday
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
St. Paul Lutheran Church
The River Food Pantry

Homeless Shelter Meals

Porchlight Men’s Shelter at Grace Episcopal Church
Salvation Army

Jefferson County Food Pantry Coalition

The Jefferson County Food Pantry Coalition is a group of food pantries and meal sites throughout Jefferson County that receives food and technical support from CAC’s Food Security Division. CAC’s involvement with the coalition is designed to ensure that these food pantries are well-stocked with nutritious food and to facilitate collaboration among food pantries in addressing food security issues.

Food Pantries

Cambridge Food Pantry And Resource Center
Fort Atkinson Food Pantry 
Ixonia Food Pantry
Jefferson Food Pantry
Helping Hands Food Pantry-Johnson Creek 
Lake Mills Food Pantry
Marshall-Waterloo Food Pantry
Palmyra Community Food Pantry
Rome / Sullivan Food Pantry 
Watertown Food Pantry
Whitewater Food Pantry

Meal Sites

Loaves and Fishes, Watertown Moravian Church – Watertown
Bread & Roses, Immanuel Lutheran Church – Watertown
Community Meal, Palmyra United Methodist Church – Palmyra
Community Meal, Lake Mills EMS Building – Lake Mills  

If you are in need of food assistance, call 2-1-1 to find a pantry that is open near you. By dialing 2-1-1 you are connected to a local resource and referral service that can answer your questions about where to access resources in your community. More information can be found here.


For more information, contact: Dawn Bradshaw, Foods Division Program Leader or (608) 246-4730 ext. 212

CAC is an equal opportunity provider.