Mission: Lead Sheboygan County’s efforts to increase the food security of its residents 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 38 years, Sheboygan County Food Bank (SCFB) has existed because of the kindness and determined efforts of volunteers. In 2012, Liz Kroll, began helping at St. Luke United Methodist Church’s food pantry in Sheboygan. Liz had experience managing Kohler restaurants and knew that the community could do more to provide enough emergency food for her neighbors in need. With a core of undeniable dedication, compassion and experience, Liz was hired as the first employee of SCFB.

Enlisting Neighbors’ 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 from Bemis, Johnsonville, Kohler Company, Sartori, Vollrath, and the United Way as well as 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 partnership 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.” LIZ KROLL, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS AND COMMUNITY IMPACT

Central Collection for Network of 17 Food Pantries Thanks to Hunger Task Force, concerned business leaders, the SCFB Board of Directors, and the continued dedication of volunteers, SCFB has grown from one devoted part-time employee, to a team of eight dedicated hunger fighting staff members. SCFB started as an operation run out of Liz’s home and neighbors’ freezers and now occupies a 10,000-square foot warehouse. Together, with an extensive network of 17 food pantries as well as community meal sites, shelters, and other organizations, SCFB has developed into Liz’s dream. SCFB operates as Sheboygan County’s central collection point that efficiently stores both fresh and nonperishable food and delivers healthy, nutritious, and free food to help thousands of families each month.

Addressing Hunger and its Root Causes From 2018 to 2021, SCFB has been focusing on addressing the root causes of hunger by launching several other new initiatives, including the Sheboygan County Anti-Hunger Coalition, and implementing a client intake, distribution, and referral process in partnership with food pantries. The goal of the new process is to help individuals and families move from emergency food dependence to food secure homes. SCFB was honored to receive the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce’s Nonprofit of the Year award for both 2018 and 2020.

Ready for the Future At Sheboygan County Food Bank, 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 38 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 38 years, Sheboygan County Food Bank (SCFB) has existed because of the kindness and determined efforts of volunteers. In 2012, Liz Kroll, began helping at St. Luke United Methodist Church’s food pantry in Sheboygan. Liz had experience managing Kohler restaurants and knew that the community could do more to provide enough emergency food for her neighbors in need. With a core of undeniable dedication, compassion and experience, Liz was hired as the first employee of SCFB.

Enlisting Neighbors’ 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 from Bemis, Johnsonville, Kohler Company, Sartori, Vollrath, and the United Way as well as 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 partnership 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.” LIZ KROLL, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS AND COMMUNITY IMPACT

Central Collection for Network of 17 Food Pantries Thanks to Hunger Task Force, concerned business leaders, the SCFB Board of Directors, and the continued dedication of volunteers, SCFB has grown from one devoted part-time employee, to a team of eight dedicated hunger fighting staff members. SCFB started as an operation run out of Liz’s home and neighbors’ freezers and now occupies a 10,000-square foot warehouse. Together, with an extensive network of 17 food pantries as well as community meal sites, shelters, and other organizations, SCFB has developed into Liz’s dream. SCFB operates as Sheboygan County’s central collection point that efficiently stores both fresh and nonperishable food and delivers healthy, nutritious, and free food to help thousands of families each month.

Addressing Hunger and its Root Causes From 2018 to 2021, SCFB has been focusing on addressing the root causes of hunger by launching several other new initiatives, including the Sheboygan County Anti-Hunger Coalition, and implementing a client intake, distribution, and referral process in partnership with food pantries. The goal of the new process is to help individuals and families move from emergency food dependence to food secure homes. SCFB was honored to receive the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce’s Nonprofit of the Year award for both 2018 and 2020.

Ready for the Future At Sheboygan County Food Bank, 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 38 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.

Rick Carr

Vollrath Company (retired)

Sue Dennis, Secretary

Sheboygan Area School District (retired)

Jeff Froh

Rockline Industries

Tom Malmstadt, Treasurer

The United Way of Sheboygan County (retired)

Kathie Norman

KEES, Inc.

Mary Paluchniak

HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital (retired)

Michael Pellegrino, President

Sargento Foods

Bert Sartori, Vice President

Sartori Cheese

Nicki Stayer-Suprick

Community Volunteer

Heather Torke

Kohler Company

Andrew Viglietti

Sheboygan Athletic Club

Our Staff

Patrick Boyle | Executive Director

Erin Bremser | Administrative Assistant

Liz Kroll | Senior Director of Programs and Community Impact

Kim LaPoint | Director of Finance and Operations

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Lauren Smith | Director of Development and Marketing

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Jodie Zajkowski | Warehouse Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

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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. To be a partner, each organization must agree (via a written “pledge” agreement) to:

  • Treat everybody with dignity and respect.
  • Not discriminate on race, gender, age, religion, or identity.
  • Maintain proper records and report client data to SCFB each month.
  • Not resell food.
  • Ensure the safety of stored food.
  • Keep storage and distribution facilities 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:

  • Faith Reformed Church Food Pantry
  • First Reformed Church Food Vault
  • Hmong Mutual Assistance Association
  • Iglesia Evangelica De Dios Es El Poder
  • Immanuel
  • Mapledale Baptist Church Food Pantry
  • 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 (Sheboygan and Sheboygan Falls locations)

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

How To Find Help

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. To be a partner, each organization must agree (via a written “pledge” agreement) to:

  • Treat everybody with dignity and respect.
  • Not discriminate on race, gender, age, religion, or identity.
  • Maintain proper records and report client data to SCFB each month.
  • Not resell food.
  • Ensure the safety of stored food.
  • Keep storage and distribution facilities 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:

  • Faith Reformed Church Food Pantry
  • First Reformed Church Food Vault
  • Hmong Mutual Assistance Association
  • Iglesia Evangelica (Evangelical Church) De Dios Es El Poder
  • Immanuel UCC
  • Mapledale Baptist Church Food Pantry
  • 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 (Sheboygan)
  • Working-Family Bread Basket (Sheboygan Falls)

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

How To Find Help

Annual Report

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

2020 Annual Report