The Open Seat (on campus)
The Open Seat supplies any UW-Madison student in need with free boxes of food packed and distributed by Second Harvest Foodbank. These food boxes come in 10-15 lb sizes. Options vary weekly but various quantities of produce, dairy, and dry goods are typically available. We are providing produce boxes (only East Campus Mall) and produce, cooler, and dry boxes (for the Eagle Heights location) during the summer.
The Keep Food Pantry (on campus)
The Keep is in the basement of Luther Memorial Church- 1021 University Ave. Their academic year hours will be Thursday 3:30 pm- 5:30 pm. Bring along your student ID.
F.H. King’s Harvest Handouts (on campus)
F.H. King: Students for Sustainable Agriculture runs a 1-acre plot of land where they grow and harvest organic produce. They give away this produce for free on a weekly basis throughout the growing season. Currently, their Harvest Handouts every Sunday at East Campus Mall from 12pm-1pm. The growing season starts in the green house in February and outside in May or June; and typically ends in Late September.
Badger FARE Program (on campus)
The Badger FARE Program through the Dean of Students Office, connects students who are experiencing temporary and ongoing food insecurity with campus and community resources for long-term support, while providing them with funds that they can immediately use to purchase food on campus.
These funds will be given to a student once in an academic year in the amount of $75 via their Wiscard.
Catholic Multicultural Center (on bus route)
Located at 1862 Beld St., daily free meals are distributed to-go from the CMC parking lot weekdays 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm and weekends 11:00 am- 12:00 pm. Food pantry hours are Tuesday 2:00 pm- 3:30 pm and Thursday 10:30 am- 12:00 pm, sign-up is in the parking lot. Food pantry delivery and employment search assistance are also available on their website.
Fritz Food Pantry- Goodman Community Center (on bus route)
No longer serving meals, but the food pantry is distributing prepackaged bags at 149 Waubesa St. in the parking lot on Tuesday 9:30 am- 12:00 pm, Wednesday 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm, and Thursday 12:30 pm- 3:00 pm.
St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry (on bus route)
Effective May 15th, curbside pick-up for packaged boxes of food is available at 2033 Fish Hatchery Rd. on Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10:30 am- 2:30 pm and Thursday 2:30 pm- 6:30 pm.
Luke House (on bus route)
Located at 310 S Ingersoll St., bagged meals are being served Sunday through Thursday 5:45 pm- 6:30 pm, and Monday through Thursday 11:30 am- 12:30 pm.
Neighborhood House Community Center (on bus route)
The Neighborhood House Community Center is located of Mills Street in the Greenbush Neighborhood in Madison and has a walk-in food pantry every Wednesday and Thursday from 2-6pm. There is no need to present proof of residency, income, or show ID in order to come to this pantry. Every week they get produce from local farms such as Wonka’s Harvest and Troy Gardens.
The YMCA/ Second Harvest
If your household has food insecurity issues, the YMCA is here to support you. Through a combination of local partnerships, FREE food resources are available at five sites in Madison and Sun Prairie.
River Food Pantry
The River Food Pantry provides food, resources and faith to build a stronger community. Services include free groceries, meals and clothing, as well as free mobile lunches for children and teens on non-school days. For more information on services being provided at this time, please refer to their website.
Grace Food Pantry- Grace Episcopal Church
Located near the Capitol at 116 W Washington Ave., food will be given outside the building. Distribution is scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am- 12:00 pm. Bring a form of ID for all members in the family.
Lussier Community Education Center
LCE asks individuals to stay in their vehicles or outside and they will deliver bags of food to you. There are no limits on pantry visits during this time. Located at 55 S Gammon Rd., distribution is available Wednesday 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm and Saturday 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm.
FoodShare Helpline at 1-877-366-3635: The Helpline can schedule a time for them to speak with a FoodShare Outreach Specialist over the phone quickly.
FoodShare is a government program that gives cash benefits on a card that can be used for groceries. Click here for a powerpoint to help you apply. If you have questions with this process, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re already receiving FoodShare/SNAP benefits, check out this retail locator.
The Double Dollars program provides FoodShare shoppers with a dollar-for-dollar match up to $25 per market day at participating farmers’ markets. The extra money spent by shoppers goes straight into the pockets of the vendors who get reimbursed for the full value of every Double Dollar redeemed.
The 2022 Double Dollars market season is over. You can redeem summer market tokens at the Dane County Farmers’ Market winter market.
Check out the Dane County Food Pantry Network for additional food assistance resources around Madison!