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Food Pantries

FOCUS Food Pantry

Located at 2321 W. Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids. Provides food for those in need in south Wood County.  Individuals will receive a seven day food and hygiene (if available) supply packed by volunteers. Screening held on location during the operation hours of Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12:00-4:00pm and Tuesday from 4:00-7:00pm. Clients must arrive at least 15 minutes before closing. For more information call 715-422-2050.  Visit their website.

Mobile Food Pantry

In the event a mobile food pantry is scheduled, eligible households can register online at the FOCUS website ( or call 715-422-2050 between 8:30-11:30am.

Ruby’s Pantry

No qualifications to participate; $25 donation to cover cost of transportation. Held the third Saturday of every month from 8:00-9:30am at the Pitsch School, 501 17th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids. Email for more info.  Visit their website.

P.A.N.S. (Pittsville Area Neighbors Shelf)

Located at Pittsville City Hall the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 8:00-9:00am. For more information, call Lynn Jankowski at 715-884-6688 or Fran Fox at 715-884-2895


Community Meal Sites

FOCUS Neighborhood Meals

Serves free meals every Thursday from 4:15-6:00pm at FOCUS, 2321 W. Grand Ave, Wisconsin Rapids. No screening process or qualifications needed in order to participate.  Visit their website.

Aging Disability Resource Center Senior Dining

Anyone age 60 or older, or their spouse, is eligible. Meal reservations should be made by noon one day in advance. Monetary donations encouraged and eligible persons who qualify will not be denied services if  unable to contribute. Located at 220 3rd Avenue South, Wisconsin Rapids. For more information call: 715-421-0014 or 888-486-9545 Visit their website.  Visit their website.

Free or Reduced Lunch Programs  

Provides free and reduced price lunches to families that meet income eligibility guidelines. Register through your school district.

Summer Food Service Program (USDA)

Provides nutritious meals to children during the summer when free or reduced-price school meals are typically unavailable. Free meals will be made available to ALL children 18 years of age or younger. Various locations available. Call 2-1-1 for details.


Backpack Programs

FOCUS Family Backpacks

Provides nutritious foods needed to make a family meal along with an easy-to-follow recipe.  Program is provided to select schools in Wisconsin Rapids for the school year beginning in October. Contact the school’s social worker or counselor for more information or to request a backpack.  Visit our website.

The Backpack for Kids Program

Provides backpacks full of food for the weekend for Nekoosa School District families. There is enough food for two dinners, two breakfasts, and nutritional snacks. In addition, a $20.00 voucher to the Piggly Wiggly in Nekoosa is included. A letter is sent to families in regards to the program and what it entails.


Delivered Meals

Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Meals on Wheels

Eligibility includes being 60 or older, mostly homebound, and unable to prepare balanced meals. The spouse of an eligible person may participate also. For more information, call 715-421-0014 or 888-486-9545.  Visit their website. 

Aspirus Riverview Hospital Home Delivered Meals

Delivers hot, nutritious noon meal Monday through Friday. For more information call 715-421-7447.        Visit their website (scroll down to Home Delivered Meals heading).


Other Resources 

The Family Center

Provides emergency food assistance to victims and their families of domestic violence and sexual assault. Located at 500 25th Street N., Wisconsin Rapids. A 24-hour phone line is also available at 715-421-1511.  Visit their website.

Stockbox Program

Provides free, supplemental food to qualifying seniors. Stockboxes contain 25-30lbs of nutritious, non-perishable food items. Must be age 60 or older with monthly income below $1,473 to qualify. Accessible once per month during distribution events; must be pre-registered to participate. To register, call 2-1-1 or register online.

Government Assistance


Provides monthly financial support for low-income families and individuals to buy nutritious foods. To check eligibility or apply for benefits:  call the Northern Income Maintenance Consortium at 1-888-794-5722. Visit their website.

Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)

WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, healthy foods, and health care referrals for pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age 5.  Many working families qualify for WIC.  For more information: call 715-421-8950.  Find us on Facebook for up-to-date information.  Visit their website.



Area FoodShare Vendors

ALDI – 1211 8th Street S.

Bread & Butter Shop – 1740 17th Ave. S. & 2130 8th St. S.

Pick ‘n Save – 900 E. Riverview Expy.

CVS – 2410 8th St. S.

Dollar General –  820 8th St. S., 951 W. Grand Ave. & 2815 Plover Rd.

Dollar Tree –  3211 8th St. S.

Family Natural Foods – 910 W. Grand Ave.

Fast Mobile – 3660 8th S. S.

A2Z Mini Mart – 2411 8th St. S.

K Mini Mart – 211 8th St. S.

Kwik Trip – 2520 W. Grand Ave., 3030 Plover Rd., 4611 8th St. S. & 1111 Lincoln St.

Local farmer’s markets – Call 2-1-1

Loyal-Phant market –  821 8th St. S.

Papa Murphy’s – 4551 8th St. S. 

Piggly Wiggly – 1025 Market St., Nekoosa

Quality Foods IGA – 1811 Baker Dr. & 1021 W. Grand Ave

Saratoga Mini Mart – 8810 Hwy. 13 S.

Terry’s BP – 100 Market St., Nekoosa

THE STORE – 4010 80th St. S. & 9630 Hwy. 13 S.

GR8 Store – 3551 8th St. S.

Walgreens – 3200 8th St. S.

Wal-Mart Supercenter – 4331 8th St. S.

Westside Express Mart – 1040 W. Grand Ave.



Area WIC Vendors

Pick ‘n Save – 900 E. Riverview Expy.

Quality Foods IGA – 1811 Baker Dr. & 1021 W. Grand Ave.

Piggly Wiggly – 1025 Market St., Nekoosa

Wal-Mart Supercenter – 4331 8th St. S.

Walgreens (formula only) – 3200 8th St. S.

Local Farmer's Market – 715-421-8950