Poverty levels continue to increase in Fond du Lac County and across the nation. In a slow economy no one is exempt from the negative effects of high unemployment rates, coupled with the rising costs of housing, food, gas, utility bills, clothing and other basic needs.
Fondy Food Pantry offers food assistance to residents of Fond du Lac County. Our volunteers are working to alleviate hunger by reaching out to those in need.
Through collaboration with local services agencies, community organizations, businesses and area congregations, our food pantry is a vital resource for those who find themselves experiencing temporary financial problems.
Adults — 1,831
Children under 12 years of age* — 1028
Children over 12 years of age*--- 464
Total* — 3,323
*Totals do not include the school children that we serve through other outreach programs
Fond du Lac School District recognized Linda Bastian and the Fondy Food Pantry as the 2014-15 Friend of Education award recipients at the November 24 Board of Education meeting: Pictured here are: Marian Sheridan, School Health, Safety, Attendance & Transportation Coordinator; Sarah Zimmerman, Fondy Food Pantry Board President; Linda Bastian, Fondy Food Pantry Board Member and Food for Thought Coordinator; Elizabeth Hayes, Board of Education President; Terry Hansen-Beno, Pantry/Volunteer Coordinator; Sue Strong, Fondy Food Pantry Treasurer; and Dr. James Sebert, Superintendent of Schools. Linda Bastian was notably recognzied for her "leadership and dedication in developing an oranizational program and partnership focused on nutritional needs of our community's children.
Through the month of November collection bins and information about the pantry will be available at Culvers Restaurants at 969 E Johnson St., 81 W. Pioneer Road, and W6606 Highway 23.
For every five items brought into Culvers during the month, the donator will receive a free, one scoop custard sundae.
The collection is for the pantry’s Food for Thought Program, which provides breakfasts, lunches and snacks for elementary children on weekends and holidays during the school year. Recipients are qualifying children who meet the federal eligibility requirements for free and reduced lunches.
Food for Thought is currently feeding 600 students for the 2014-2015 school year.
“Kids in our community are the most important resource,” said Josh George, general manager of Culvers at the Highway 23 location.
Suggested food items can be found under Food for Thought and Donate on this website.
A campaign to raise $65,000 is underway by Action Reporter Media, as it kicks off the annual Stock the Shelves campaign.
The program will aid seven local food pantries in providing nutrition to area families in need, including Fondy Food Pantry.
Last year donations helped feed more than 1,100 families throughout the area and allowed the pantry to bring the total of Fond du Lac school children served in its weekend Food for Thought program to 600.
The campaign runs Oct. 12, through Sunday, Nov. 23. Numerous Fond du Lac area businesses and foundations are making cash contributions, matching funds, encouraging donations from customers and collecting food.
Partners in the Stock the Shelves campaign include Agnesian HealthCare, Express Convenience Centers, Grande, Baker Cheese, Stockbridge Engineering, J. F. Ahern, Michels Corp., Philly’s Grocery & Deli & Philly’s on the Miracle Mile.
New this year, contributors can purchase a Food for Neighbors bag at Festival Foods. The purchase will benefit pantries in Fond du Lac County.
Financial donations are being handled by Fond du Lac Area Foundation. Checks can be made out to Stock the Shelves, and mailed to the Fond du Lac Area Foundation, 384 N. Main Street, Fond du Lac, WI 54935. Credit card donations may be made by calling the Foundation at (920) 921-2215
More information on how to support Stock the Shelves can be obtained by calling Tami Whicher at The Reporter at (920) 907-7834 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A very special birthday gift was given to the pantry by 6-year Katie Vang of Fond du Lac. She recently had her birthday party & asked her friends to bring food for the FFP instead of bringing her presents. What an awesome family!
Miss Katie brought in one crate and three bags of food! She said if it was OK with her Mom she would want to do it again next year. Her Mom Jennifer Vang said by all means when it involves helping people.
She is pictured with her little brother, Caleb (nickname “Bubba”) Vang. Her older brother is Tyler Vang also helped.
Members of the Young Professionals of Fond du Lac (YPF) organized a food drive helping to stock the shelves at the Fondy Food Pantry. Over six donation bins were filled thanks to generous giving at the YPF Casino Night Fundraiser held at South Hills Golf & Country Club on September 19, 2014. Pictured front row from left: YPF members Theresa Goebel, Katie Leist, Nora Hernández and Fondy Food Pantry board of directors president Sarah Zimmerman. Second row from left: YPF members Nick Nell, Amy Jessen, Bill Baus, Jenny Knuth, Jill Faber and Joe Truesdale.
Visit one of our drop-off sites to donate food to Fondy Food Pantry.
Want to be a drop-off site? Call 322-0369 and we will set you up!
***Drop off Sites:***
336 E. Harbor View Dr.
794 S. Main St.
725 Fond du Lac Ave.
93 S. Pioneer Rd.
W6606A Hwy. 23
Fondy Food Pantry is in need of rice, pasta, instant potatoes and pasta/rice side dishes, pancake mix, syrup. Help us feed the hungry.
Fondy Food Pantry is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for delivery of food donations, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 51 W. Division St.
Fondy Food Pantry Board of Directors is seeking qualified volunteers that can help with working in the pantry, food drives, grant writing, fundraising and marketing.
We are an all volunteer, working Board.
If you are interested in giving of your time to help those in need please contact our office at (920) 322-0369.