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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.

Additional information about COVID-19 and health recommendations can be found on the Center for Disease Control website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html   

To our current volunteers:

PLEASE DON’T VOLUNTEER IN THE PANTRY IF YOU ARE ILL OR ARE LIVING WITH SOMEONE WHO IS.

Please provide notice to Jess Olp, Volunteer Coordinator via phone 262-522-2373 or emailjessica@waukeshafoodpantry.org 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, 20202, we will continue to provide food distribution during our regularly scheduled hours.

Update March 16: The FOOD Pantry will continue to be open during regular hours. 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. PLEASE NOTE: Scouting for Food, previously scheduled for March 14, has been cancelled.


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