Lead Sheboygan County’s anti-hunger efforts by distributing healthy emergency food and fostering innovative partnerships.

Sheboygan County Food Bank distributes food to food pantries and other partner agencies in Sheboygan County. Our partner agencies then put food into the hands of our neighbors who need it most. All food we deliver is absolutely FREE. There is no charge for food, delivery, or partner agency network membership. All food we deliver is LOCAL. We stay true to our roots by serving LOCAL families in Sheboygan County. On any given day, about 11,000 of our neighbors in Sheboygan County struggle with hunger. Each month, we provide over 70,000 pounds of healthy, nutritious, and free food to make sure that over 3,000 families don’t go hungry.

Sheboygan County Food Bank delivers healthy, emergency food to food pantries and other partner agencies in Sheboygan County.

All food we deliver is FREE. There is no charge for food, delivery, or partner agency membership.

All food we deliver is LOCAL. All partner agencies are located in Sheboygan County.

Our Story

It Started With Liz For over 37 years, Sheboygan County Food Bank (SCFB) has existed because of the kindness and determined efforts of volunteers. In 2012, Liz Kroll, a resident of Howards Grove began helping at St. Luke United Methodist Church’s food pantry in Sheboygan. Liz had experience managing Kohler restaurants and wondered, “Why isn’t there enough food here for my neighbors who are in need?” Liz knew that our community could do more for our hungry neighbors. With a core of undeniable dedication, compassion, and experience, Liz was hired as the first employee of Sheboygan County Food Bank.

Enlisting the Neighbor’s Help Liz began operating from her home and counted on the people around her to open their hearts, kitchen freezer spaces, and warehouse cooler doors. Her fellow “Howard’s Grovers” stuffed their freezers with Johnsonville brats and Glacier Transit Storage took on pallets of donated cheese from other generous local companies.

The Operation Expands By 2016, Liz upgraded her working space to the old Nemschoff warehouse on the northside of Sheboygan. A typical morning fighting for her hungry neighbors involved connecting with food resources and gathering donated food. In the evenings, Liz hosted food-sorting pizza parties at the warehouse with her friends and continued her work at home applying for grants to raise funds for SCFB. Liz relied on the helping hands of her husband, Todd, to do heavy lifting in between his full-time job.

Investing for Efficiency Around this time, Liz, United Way of Sheboygan County, and Nourish conducted an analysis of the Sheboygan County food system and it was clear that providing access to emergency food in our community was not being sufficiently addressed. Louie Gentine, CEO of Sargento, learned of the need and called a meeting with other key leaders in the County, including Bemis, Johnsonville, Kohler Company, Sartori, Vollrath as well as United Way, Ed Mckelvey and David Sachse. Together, these leaders invested in SCFB in order to bring it to new levels of efficiency and service for the thousands of hungry families of Sheboygan County. Because of Sargento’s close partnerhship with Hunger Task Force (HTF) in Milwaukee, Louie connected HTF to SCFB. HTF staff mentored SCFB on best practices on how to run a highly efficient and effective warehouse as well as a variety of other anti-hunger initiatives.

“WHAT A CRAZY RIDE THIS HAS BEEN. I’M GRATEFUL TO ALL OF THOSE WHO HELPED MAKE THE FOOD BANK WHAT IT IS TODAY. SO MANY VOLUNTEERS, SO MANY IDEAS, SO MANY PEOPLE WHO SAW THE VISION AND CONTINUALLY HELPED WHERE HELP WAS NEEDED – I THANK YOU!” LIZ KROLL, FOOD BANK DIRECTOR

Central Collection for Network of 16 Food Pantries Thanks to Hunger Task Force, concerned business leaders, the SCFB Board of Directors, and the continued dedication of volunteers, we have grown from one devoted part-time employee, to a full-time team of five dedicated hunger fighting staff members. We started as an operation run out of Liz’s home and neighbors’ freezers and now work out of a 10,000-square foot warehouse. Together, with our network of 16 food pantries as well as many community meals, shelters, and other organizations, we have developed into Liz’s dream of becoming a central collection point that efficiently stores both fresh and nonperishable food and delivers healthy, nutritious and free food to help about 3,000 families each month.

Measuring for Success In 2018 and 2019, we dove further to change the lives of those who we serve by rolling out client engagement and tracking software at our partner food pantries with the goal of helping individuals and families in our community move from emergency food dependence to food secure homes and several other new initiatives including the launch of the Sheboygan County Anti-Hunger Coalition. We were honored to receive the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Nonprofit of the Year award.

Ready for the Future We believe that everyone deserves healthy food with dignity and recognize that ending hunger in our community requires a collaborative effort. The food pantries and other organizations that we serve help support our neighbors who need our compassion, care, and love. From 37 years ago until today, we appreciate everyone who has helped us develop into an effective organization that is providing healthy, emergency food to our neighbors in their times of need.

OUR STORY

It Started With Liz For over 37 years, Sheboygan County Food Bank (SCFB) has existed because of the kindness and determined efforts of volunteers. In 2012, Liz Kroll, a resident of Howards Grove began helping at St. Luke United Methodist Church’s food pantry in Sheboygan. Liz had experience managing Kohler restaurants and wondered, “Why isn’t there enough food here for my neighbors who are in need?” Liz knew that our community could do more for our hungry neighbors. With a core of undeniable dedication, compassion, and experience, Liz was hired as the first employee of Sheboygan County Food Bank (SCFB).Enlisting the Neighbor’s Help Liz began operating from her home and counted on the people around her to open their hearts, kitchen freezer spaces, and warehouse cooler doors. Her fellow “Howard’s Grovers” stuffed their freezers with Johnsonville brats and Glacier Transit Storage took on pallets of donated cheese from other generous local companies.

The Operation Expands By 2016, Liz upgraded her working space to the old Nemschoff warehouse on the northside of Sheboygan. A typical morning fighting for her hungry neighbors involved connecting with food resources and gathering donated food. In the evenings, Liz hosted food-sorting pizza parties at the warehouse with her friends and continued her work at home applying for grants to raise funds for SCFB. Liz relied on the helping hands of her husband, Todd, to do heavy lifting in between his full-time job.

Investing for Efficiency Around this time, Liz, United Way of Sheboygan County, and Nourish conducted an analysis of the Sheboygan County food system and it was clear that providing access to emergency food in our community was not being sufficiently addressed. Louie Gentine, CEO of Sargento, learned of the need and called a meeting with other key leaders in the County, including Bemis, Johnsonville, Kohler Company, Sartori, Vollrath as well as United Way, Ed Mckelvey and David Sachse. Together, these leaders invested in SCFB in order to bring it to new levels of efficiency and service for the thousands of hungry families of Sheboygan County. Because of Sargento’s close partnerhship with Hunger Task Force (HTF) in Milwaukee, Louie connected HTF to SCFB. HTF staff mentored SCFB on best practices on how to run a highly efficient and effective warehouse as well as a variety of other anti-hunger initiatives.

“WHAT A CRAZY RIDE THIS HAS BEEN. I’M GRATEFUL TO ALL OF THOSE WHO HELPED MAKE THE FOOD BANK WHAT IT IS TODAY. SO MANY VOLUNTEERS, SO MANY IDEAS, SO MANY PEOPLE WHO SAW THE VISION AND CONTINUALLY HELPED WHERE HELP WAS NEEDED – I THANK YOU!” LIZ KROLL, FOOD BANK DIRECTOR

Central Collection for Network of 16 Food Pantries Thanks to Hunger Task Force, concerned business leaders, the SCFB Board of Directors, and the continued dedication of volunteers, we have grown from one devoted part-time employee, to a full-time team of five dedicated hunger fighting staff members. We started as an operation run out of Liz’s home and neighbors’ freezers and now work out of a 10,000-square foot warehouse. Together, with our network of 16 food pantries as well as many community meals, shelters, and other organizations, we have developed into Liz’s dream of becoming a central collection point that efficiently stores both fresh and nonperishable food and delivers healthy, nutritious and free food to help about 3,000 families each month.

Measuring for Success In 2018 and 2019, dove further to change the lives of those who we serve by rolling out client engagement and tracking software at our partner food pantries with the goal of helping individuals and families in our community move from emergency food dependence to food secure homes and several other new initiatives including the launch of the Sheboygan County Anti-Hunger Coalition. We were honored to receive the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Nonprofit of the Year award.

Ready for the Future We believe that everyone deserves healthy food with dignity and recognize that ending hunger in our community requires a collaborative effort. The food pantries and other organizations that we serve help support our neighbors who need our compassion, care, and love. From 37 years ago until today, we appreciate everyone who has helped us develop into an effective organization that is providing healthy, emergency food to our neighbors in their times of need.

Board of Directors

Eric Zufelt, President

General Counsel Windway Capital Corporation

Michael Pellegrino, Vice-President

Sargento Foods

Jennea Kluck, Treasurer

Kohler

Sue Dennis, Secretary

Sheboygan Area School District (retired)

Tony Schultz

Kangaroo Brands (retired)

Jeff Froh

Rockline Industries

Bert Sartori

Sartori Cheese

Linda Goodine

Herb Farm at Cedar Lake

Andrew Viglietti

Sheboygan County Humane Society

Tom Malmstadt

The United Way of Sheboygan County

Mary Paluchniak

HSHS St. Nicolas Hospital

Our Staff

Patrick Boyle Executive Director

Liz Kroll Food Bank Director

Lauren Smith Communications and Development Coordinator

Jodie Zajkowski Warehouse and Logistics Manager

Brady Zufelt Driver & Warehouse Assistant

Our Partner Agencies

Our emergency food network is made up of like-minded people, volunteers and organizations addressing hunger and distributing food to our neighbors in need. We deliver healthy, emergency food to food pantries and other partner agencies in Sheboygan County. Our partner food pantries are asked to commit to a Partnership Pledge and agree to the following:

  • Treat everybody with dignity and respect and do not discriminate
  • Maintain proper records and report to the Sheboygan County Food Bank each month
  • Do not charge for food
  • Ensure the safety of your food
  • Keep your pantry clean

A large part of our partner agency network consists of food pantries that have varying service hours. Our partner food pantries in our network include:

  • Calvary Lutheran Church Food Pantry
  • Faith Reformed Church Food Pantry
  • First Reformed Church Food Vault
  • Iglesia Evangelica (Evangelical Church) De Dios Es El Poder
  • Mapledale Baptist Church FoodPantry
  • North Side Christian Food Pantry
  • Plymouth Food Pantry
  • Random Lake Area Interfaith Food Pantry
  • Sheboygan Falls Food Pantry
  • Sheboygan Food Pantry
  • St. Luke United Methodist Church Food Pantry
  • St. Mark Lutheran Church Food Pantry
  • St. Peter Claver Church Food Pantry
  • The Salvation Army
  • Working-Family Bread Basket

We also serve other partner agencies such as shelters, free meals and other organizations. Our other partner agencies in our network include:

To find out how you can help or to get help for yourself, a friend, or family, click the button below.

Our Partner Agencies

Our emergency food network is made up of like-minded people, volunteers and organizations addressing hunger and distributing food to our neighbors in need. We deliver healthy, emergency food to food pantries and other partner agencies in Sheboygan County. Our partner food pantries are asked to commit to a Partnership Pledge and agree to the following:

  • Treat everybody with dignity and respect and do not discriminate
  • Maintain proper records and report to the Sheboygan County Food Bank each month
  • Do not charge for food
  • Ensure the safety of your food
  • Keep your pantry clean

A large part of our partner agency network consists of food pantries that have varying service hours.
Our partner food pantries in our network include:

  • Calvary Lutheran Church Food Pantry
  • Faith Reformed Church Food Pantry
  • First Reformed Church Food Vault
  • Iglesia Evangelica (Evangelical Church) De Dios Es El Poder
  • Mapledale Baptist Church FoodPantry
  • North Side Christian Food Pantry
  • Plymouth Food Pantry
  • Random Lake Area Interfaith Food Pantry
  • Sheboygan Falls Food Pantry
  • Sheboygan Food Pantry
  • St. Luke United Methodist Church Food Pantry
  • St. Mark Lutheran Church Food Pantry
  • St. Peter Claver Church Food Pantry
  • The Salvation Army
  • Working-Family Bread Basket

We also serve other partner agencies such as shelters, free meals and other organizations. Our other partner agencies in our network include:

To find out how you can help or to get help for yourself, a friend, or family, click the button below.

Annual Reports

At Sheboygan County Food Bank, we are working to fight hunger in our community every day. Our annual reports give a glimpse of how coordination, passion, and dedication intersect to support our neighbors in need.

2018 Annual Report

Our 2018 Annual Report highlights our continued dedication to addressing the food needs of our hungry neighbors. It takes a special team of caring individuals and groups throughout the community to grow our positive impact, quickly respond to challenges, and provide nutritious food for the 3,000 families who we serve.

2017 Annual Report

Our 2017 Annual Report tells the story of Sheboygan County Food Bank’s humble beginnings and how we grew exponentially in just a few years thanks to many concerned business leaders, volunteers, and other community members who support our mission.