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MMSD Food Pantries

MMSD, in partnership with Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, is proud to offer a number of school-based food pantries for MMSD families and in the case of the drive through distributions - the entire community.

Locations and times

  • East YMCA (serving La Follette feeder pattern schools) - August 11 & September 1 beginning at 3:30 p.m. Please note the location of this school food pantry will be shifting to Henderson Elementary school in late September. Please visit this web page for updates.
  • Cherokee Middle School - Snack program with in school pantry to support families in crisis. 
  • Lincoln Elementary - 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month from 12:00 - 1:30pm; Drive through distributions
  • Leopold Elementary - 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month starting at 11:00 in October, shifting to every other week at 11:00 starting on November 9th; Drive through distributions
  • Hawthorne Elementary - not operating at this time. Hawthorne families are encouraged to visit the East Madison Community Center Food Pantry
  • Sandburg Elementary - Available for Sandburg families only. Please contact your student’s teacher for information.
  • Lake View Elementary - 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month from 3:45 - 5:45 pm; Drive through distributions
  • Mendota Elementary - 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month from 2:30 - 4:00 pm (starting Monday, October 25th); Drive through distributions
  • Thoreau weekend food program - Monthly delivery distribution of dry goods for students and families at Thoreau Elementary on the first Friday of each month.
  • District-wide program - Thea’s Table is a weekly delivery program for MMSD students and MMSD families experiencing homelessness or a crisis. The families are referred to the program by MMSD school social workers.

Some quick facts about these sites

  • The drive through food distribution will typically have boxes of produce, freezer, dairy, and shelf stable dry goods. These will vary from site to site, and week to week.

  • Stay in your car, food will be loaded into your trunk

  • Proxy shoppers are allowed

  • No ID required

  • MMSD school pantry sites will be closed during school holidays and breaks.