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The FOOD Pantry Serving Waukesha County Response to COVID-19

The FOOD Pantry has been serving on the front lines providing free food to people in need in Waukesha County for more than 41 years. It is our goal to continue to do so while observing some additional practices and responses due to the possibility of COVID-19.

Additional strategies employed to keep the pantry as sanitized as possible includes frequent disinfecting and sanitizing. Gloves are available and being worn by staff and volunteers. Hand sanitizers are available upon entry into the Pantry and in other locations. Face masks must be worn while in the building and around other people.

Additional information about COVID-19 and health recommendations can be found on the Center for Disease Control website:   

Update: The CDC has new recommendations as of May 13, 2021 about masks no longer being necessary when fully vaccinated individuals are interacting with one another within certain venues and activities.  While we look forward to the day that we can move to that recommendation, we are still evaluating how this will work for our staff, volunteers, and clients. 

To our current volunteers:


Please provide notice to Jess Olp, Volunteer Coordinator via phone 262-522-2373 or if you exhibit symptoms of illness (coughing, sneezing, fever), become ill, have had large-scale social contact at an event or have been traveling. Please do not return until you've recovered and your time away has reached the medically-advised window. Volunteers age 70 and older and those with chronic health conditions should avoid interpersonal contact with the public. Volunteers who care for vulnerable dependents at home should consider a break from pantry service at this time. 

To our clients:

As of March 13, 2020, we will continue to provide food distribution during our regularly scheduled hours.

Update: The FOOD Pantry will continue no contact service in the parking lot until at least September 30, 2021. To minimize contact, all foods will be provided in pre-packed allotments according to family size.

To our donors:

Financial contributions can continue to be mailed to 1301 Sentry Dr., Waukesha, WI 53186. Or made online at any time

Food donations can be brought to the Pantry during these hours: (donation hours).

Many local grocery stores have collection barrels if you prefer to put your contribution in the barrel.

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