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Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry

Providing Hope, One Meal at a Time.
Hunger knows no boundaries, and neither do we. All are welcome!

About the Food Pantry

Guests can shop at the pantry every 14 days. We stock fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, bread, cooking staples, snacks, personal care, household care, diapers, and period products.

FOOD PANTRY HOURS

  • Monday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Thursday: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

The food pantry is closed for major holidays and in the event of weather emergencies.

For your first visit, if possible, please bring an ID for each person in your household and proof of address. If you need food and can’t gather these items in time you can still shop for groceries!

If you cannot access the pantry, you may use a proxy shopper. Seniors who do not have anyone who can help them access the pantry should call (608) 478-0510.

GETTING HERE:

We are located just off Main Street, and easily accessible from HWY 151. We are located on the Madison Metro lines S & W.

Additional Food Services

Senior Boxes for Ages 60 and Over

In partnership with Community Action Coalition (CAC), we are one of the largest distributors of senior boxes in Dane County. Every senior box contains a healthy mix of supplemental food items and is available once per month. To qualify you must be 60 or older and meet a monthly income requirement of 130% at or below the federal poverty level: $1353 for one person or $1832 for two people.

Resource Lobby

Additional food is often available in the Sunshine Place Lobby, which is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Food can be accessed by anyone in need and does not count toward normal pantry visits. Food available often consists of bread, bakery items, and additional overflow stock from the pantry. Availability is not guaranteed and limits may apply on certain items.

Food for Kids

In partnership with Sun Prairie Community Schools, we distribute hearty snack bags in several Sun Prairie neighborhoods during the school year (Fun Friday), meal bags to help families get through school breaks, and lunches three days a week during summer break. 

Supporting School Pantries

Getting to the pantry should not be a barrier for kids and families to access the food they need. We supply and support satellite pantries at all eight- Sun Prairie Community Schools.

Thanksgiving Baskets

Thanksgiving Baskets are distributed during regular pantry hours in the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Customers can pick up their Thanksgiving Basket during their normal pantry visit, however a pantry visit is not required.

Bilingual Volunteers

We typically have at least one volunteer on each shift who speaks Spanish. Language should never be a barrier to accessing food!

Help to Support the Food Pantry

Volunteer

Help your neighbors with the gift of time. The Sun Prairie Food Pantry has just one paid program staff, so volunteers are critical to providing our services in a dignified, compassionate way. Whether you’re a people person or prefer to stay behind the scenes, we have something for you!

Financial Donations

Financial donations keep the shelves stocked, the lights on, and gas in our trucks. Every donation is a valuable pledge that transforms lives in our community. Thank you!

This Month’s Food Drive Focus…

It’s National Immigrant Heritage Month, so this month’s food drive focus is Culturally Relevant Foods! The Sun Prairie Food Pantry strives to have a mix of products that are familiar and relevant to all who need our services. Help us provide these important products by donating today! Make it easy by shopping off our Amazon list: https://a.co/9iUCJiK

  • Canned Coconut Milk
  • Canned Chipotles in Adobo
  • Dried Peppers
  • Dried Beans
  • Fish Sauce
  • Jasmine Rice
  • Masa Harina
  • Rice Noodles
  • Sambal Oelek
  • Sesame Oil

Food and care drives add richness and variety to our shelves, so our clients can truly have a dignified experience full of choices! In 2023 donations from our neighbors helped Sun Prairie Food Pantry distribute almost 1.3 million pounds of food to our community. Guests at the pantry were fed more than 53,500 times. 

 Want to host a food drive, but don’t know where to start? Click through to find our Food Drive Kit, or contact us to get started.

Help Feed Kids

Between stocking pantries at local schools, passing out snacks in Sun Prairie neighborhoods, and distributing lunches three days per week during summer break, we are working to ensure that no kid in our community goes hungry. 

We need your support to make this important work possible!

About the Sun Prairie Food Pantry

1 in 7 children go hungry in Wisconsin. The Sun Prairie Food Pantry works to make sure everyone gets fed. If you are struggling with food insecurity, regardless of where you live, we encourage you to visit us.

Our Mission

The Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry provides hope through hunger relief.

Our Vision

We strive to provide reliable sources of food and personal care items to individuals of all ages.

Our Values

Our values reflect core beliefs that inspire and guide how we operate and treat others. Our values include:

Integrity—We are good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.

Collaborative—We build and foster strong community and team relationships.

Accepting—We welcome people from all walks of life without judgement.

Compassionate—We are known for the kindness we show toward one another.

Humble—We are easy going, gentle in spirit, and we seek simplicity in all that we do.

Safe—We work safely for the benefit of ourselves and others. 

Our Partners

We work closely with many partners to ensure that no one in our community goes hungry. Our partners include:

American Family Insurance

Bank of Sun Prairie

The Community Action Coalition

The City of
Sun Prairie

Costco

Kwik Trip Stores

Madison Community Foundation

McGann Construction

Pick N Save

Second Harvest

Sun Prairie Community Schools

Sun Prairie Education Foundation

Sun Prairie
School District

Sunshine Place

United Way of Dane County

Woodman’s

Our History

Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry began in 1993 when six Sun Prairie churches merged their smaller food pantries to create a single larger pantry that served the entire community.

Back then, the food pantry, located in a small building on North Bristol Street, served around 50 families a month. Today, the food pantry serves approximately 500 families a month.

As client numbers grew, so did the size of the food pantry. The pantry moved to a larger space on South Bristol Street in 1997. And the food pantry moved to its current location at 18 Rickel Road in 2007 after crews razed the South Bristol Street building to construct a new Senior Living Center.

On January 1, 2023 the pantry merged with and became a program of Sunshine Place. Sunshine Place brings long-term sustainability in paid administrative and support staff. Together Sunshine Place and the pantry can focus on the root causes of poverty and food insecurity, so our shared client base can thrive.
The food pantry takes full advantage of partnerships with Second Harvest, the Community Action Coalition, area grocery stores, and wholesale food distributors. Collaborative efforts with area schools and other nonprofits also help increase community members’ access to food.

The most significant characteristic of the food pantry is the enduring support it receives from the community. Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry could not exist and operate without the kindness and generosity of its volunteers, Sun Prairie residents, and beyond.