Fighting Hunger

Hunger in Western Wisconsin

Many people in Western Wisconsin are struggling to put food on the table, and food pantries are straining to meet the high level of need.  A recent ALICE report found that many households are struggling. Research found that 34% of households in Polk county, 42% of households in Pierce county, and 29% of households in St. Croix county are living in poverty and/or earning less than the basic cost of living for the county.

John Coughlin Food & Resource CenteR

We fight hunger in Western Wisconsin through the John Coughlin Food & Resource Center (JCFRC) food distribution warehouse located in Hudson. The JCFRC stores food and commodities for redistribution to food pantries and shelters in Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix counties. The industrial-sized freezer and cooler enable pantries to have a steady supply of perishable food. Pantry volunteers pick up perishables at designated times for redistribution to residents of Western Wisconsin.

Since opening in 2008, the JCFRC has distributed nearly 2 million pounds of food and other products to 20 local pantries, five shelters, and two rural pop-up pantry distribution sites.  That is the equivalent of over 1.6 million meals for the hungry. The majority of the food came from our partner, nonprofit food bank The Food Group.

The building has a significant amount of open area used for Trinity Lutheran Church’s “We Do Feet” ministry. The focus of this program is to help the needy by collecting, repairing and donating used furniture, beds and other household items. The space could also be used a distribution site for emergency supplies in case of a community crisis.

The JCFRC is located at 612 Badlands Road in Hudson.

mobile "pop-up" food pantry 

The mobile pop-up food pantries address food insecurity in even our most rural communities in Western Wisconsin, including some that lack their own food pantry.  Monthly "Pop-Ups" provide local access to food distributions in areas that either do not have a local food pantry or could benefit from a monthly supplement to existing community resources for food.

Upcoming Pop-Up Pantry Food Distributions:

For all upcoming Pop-Up Pantry dates and times, click HERE.
Pop-Up Pantry Location Addresses:
SOMERSET:  Somerset Town Hall, 748 Highway 35, Somerset, WI 54025
GLENWOOD CITY:  Glenwood City Community Center, 217 West Oak St., Glenwood City, WI 54013
DEER PARK:  Deer Park Community Center, 112 Front St., Deer Park, WI 54007
BALDWIN:  Baldwin Municipal Building, 400 Cedar St., Baldwin, WI 54002
Pop-Up Pantry is currently drive-through and contactless.  Food is prepackaged per household.  Open to all community members that qualify under The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) guidelines.  Please bring an ID and one piece of mail with your current address.

Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

If you would like to learn more about the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) in Pierce and St. Croix counties, see below.  You may also contact Lara Otsuka, Interim Director, at 715-377-0203 ext. 108 or [email protected].


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Pierce County Food Pantries

Elmwood Food Pantry
108 So Main St, Elmwood, WI   715-639-2307
Hours: 1st Tues, 9am-1pm and 3rd Tues 3-6pm

Pierce County Food Pantry
167 W Main St, Ellsworth, WI 54011 715-273-2070
Hours: Mon & Wed 4-6pm; Tues & Thurs 9:30 am - 12:00 pm (Noon)

Plum City Food Pantry
301 First Street, Plum City, 715-647-2191
Hours: Thurs 10am-2pm except 2nd Thur, 3-7pm

Prescott Area Food Pantry
720 St Croix St, Suite 119, Prescott, 715- 262-4143
Hours: Thurs 9am-6pm

River Falls Community Food Pantry
222 N Main St, Ste. C, River Falls, 715‐425‐6880
Hours: Mon 10am‐noon and 6:30‐8 pm, Wed 1‐5pm, Thurs 6:30‐8 pm, Fri and Sat 10am‐noon

Spring Valley Community Food Pantry
St. John's Lutheran Church, S520 Church Ave, Spring Valley, 715 -778-5988
Hours: 2nd and 4th Wed 10-11:30am and 4:30-6pm

St. Croix County Food Pantries

Baldwin/Woodville/Hammond Food Pantry
920 6th Ave, Baldwin, 715‐688‐3844
Hours: 2nd and 4th Wed, 10am‐noon and 2‐4pm

Five Loaves Food Shelf
144 W. Third St., New Richmond, 715‐246‐5255,
Hours: Mon 6‐7:30 pm, Tues 10 am—noon, Wed 2‐4 pm, Thurs 6‐7:30pm

Hudson Christian Food Cupboard
St. Patrick’s Church, 1500 Vine St, Hudson
Call for appointments: 715‐338‐0332
Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am‐noon, Tues 4-6pm

Somerset Community Food Pantry
203 Church Hill Rd, Somerset
Call for an appointment: 715‐247‐2945
Hours: Mon 9‐11am and 4‐6 pm, Thurs 4-6 pm, Sat 9 am -12 pm

United Church of Christ Food Pantry
1001 Birch Dr, Roberts
Hours: Tues and Thurs 9‐11:30 am, Wed 6:30‐8pm
Or by appointment, if needed 715‐749‐3478

West CAP/Food Access & Resource Center
Serving Glenwood City and Boyceville
823 Main St, Boyceville, 715‐977‐1191
Hours: Thurs 3-7pm, Fri 9am-1pm

Zion Lutheran Church Food Pantry
221 N Lockwood St, Woodville
By appointments only: 715‐698‐2707

Polk County Food Pantries

Amery Area Food Pantry
230 Deronda Street, Amery WI, Inside the old ER entrance Medical Center Building
Call for appointments: 715-268-5999
Hours: Mon 9am-noon, Thurs 3-6pm

Family Pathways
2000 US Hwy 8, St. Croix Falls WI
Call for appointment: 715-483-2920
Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am-7pm, Frid&Sat 9am-5pm

Family Pathways Food Shelf - Frederic
1100 Wisconsin Ave S
Call for appointment: 715-327-4425
Hours: Tues 9am-6pm, Wed 12pm-6pm, Thurs 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-noon

The Open Cupboard Food Pantry: Osceola
402 2nd Ave, Osceola WI
Call for appointment: 715-294-4357
Hours: Mon&Wed 9am-noon, Thurs 11am-4pm

Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry
300 N 1st Street, Luck WI
Call for appointment: 715-472-2003
Hours: Tues&Thurs 11am-1pm

St. Croix Falls Food Pantry
809 Pine Street, St. Croix Falls WI
Call for appointment:715-483-9494
Hours: Mon 9-11am, Thurs 3-6pm, Fri 9-10am

People Loving People
103 E Main St, Dresser
Call for appointment: 715-501-4657
Hours: Mon&Sat 11am-1pm, Wed 2-5pm 

Pierce County en español

St. Croix County en español