Sheboygan County Food Bank is committed to making sure that Sheboygan County families facing hunger have the best opportunities to access healthy, emergency food. Next on our agenda is opening Sheboygan Cares Food Pantry, our onsite drive-thru food pantry, on Wednesday, February 2.
From May 2020-June 2021, we launched and coordinated Sheboygan Cares Food Pantry offsite at Glacier Transit Storage on the southside of Sheboygan in response to the onset of COVID-19. During those months, we directly distributed tens of thousands of Farmers to Families Food Boxes through the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The boxes include 25 pounds of various fresh products, such as produce, meats, and dairy products. We also gave out cheese, milk, non-perishable foods, and personal care items from our stock.
Now, Sheboygan Cares Food Pantry will be based at Sheboygan County Food Bank’s location, 3115 N. 21st Street in Sheboygan and be open twice a week with scheduled appointments on Mondays, 5 PM – 7 PM and Wednesdays, 10 AM – 12 PM. Clients will enter our drive-thru garage through the back of our warehouse where volunteers will greet and help clients. Based on clients’ family size, volunteers will place boxes of donated and purchased non-perishable food items, meat, milk, and produce into clients’ vehicles.
What is the benefit to offering this new service? Sheboygan Cares Food Pantry will increase access for food insecure families through additional weekly service hours. The drive-thru distribution and appointment methods will also provide clients a layer of convenience at a time that works best for them.
Clients need to be registered with a food pantry swipe card and have an appointment scheduled. To make an appointment, or to register, clients must call our intake phone line at 920-453-0136.
We’re eager to operate this food pantry along with our community’s support. We’ll rely on volunteers who will be stationed to welcome and direct clients as well as help pack and load food into clients’ vehicles in our drive-thru garage. Volunteers must be able to lift 30 pounds.
For more information and to register to volunteer, please click here.