Register a food pantry or find information on where to donate your excess fresh produce.
AmpleHarvest.org is a nationwide non-profit founded by a Master Gardener that enables America’s home and community gardeners to donate the excess garden produce to 7,700 nearby food pantries, soup kitchens and similar programs nationwide along with many here in Wisconsin. This award winning program has been honored by the White House, on CNN Heroes, TEDx talk, and more.
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In Douglas County
Northwest Community Services Agency (NWCSA) accepts local garden produce and any packaged donations that are within the date of expiration (not expired.) It is a Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) pantry including mostly canned/boxed/dry items and donated bread from local bakeries (mostly white.) Fresh produce is a huge treat! It goes asap. NWCSA Food Pantry is open M-TH 1-3:30pm and is closed daily over the noon hour. Call (715) 392-5127.
Faith United Methodist Church (FUMC) Food Pantry sponsors the largest food pantry in Douglas County and is more than a temporary emergency food assistance program TEFAP –pantry volunteers procure fresh produce from 2nd Harvest Food Shelf. FUMC food Pantry is open every Tuesday 3:30-6:30pm. FUMC Pantry prefers fresh produce drop off on Mondays and Tuesdays if possible since they are a weekly (Tues. only) pantry. However, they also serve free community meals on some weekends. Call (715) 394-9608
In addition, both Harbor House sites accept produce and donated food anytime. Harbor House #1 @ 5822 Ogden Ave. & HH #2 @: 19 N. 21st St. are run by FUMC (Rev’s Barb & Joel Certa-Werner, pastors.). They also accept volunteers for garden planing and maintenance. Contact Kathy at (715)392-4157 or (715)392-3636.
If you know of any other resources for donating local food, please contact Jeanne Ward, Administrative Assistant, UW-Extension, Douglas County at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-395-1364