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Food Bank

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

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.

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 about the 2-1-1 line can be found at the United Way Dane County website. For more information from CAC, contact Dawn Bradshaw, Foods Division Program Leader at or (608) 246-4730 ext. 212. CAC is an equal opportunity provider.