Food for Thought

Fueling possibility.

Providing healthy meals for stronger minds.

Every day, in our own community, hunger is an obstacle for children – preventing them from reaching their full potential to think, learn and develop.

Why the need?

The federal school breakfast and lunch programs feed children at school but not on weekends. Recognizing that students were not getting enough to eat over the weekend, in 2011 the Fondy Food Pantry Board of Directors established Food for Thought in conjunction with the Fond du Lac School District. This key program of the pantry is dedicated to reducing hunger and academic risk facing students in the Fond du Lac public schools by providing healthy meals to build strong minds.

How does it work?

Food for Thought provides nutritious and child-pleasing nonperishable foods for elementary and middle school youth on weekends and holidays during the school year. Student recipients are determined by guidance counselors and teaching staff at each school.

Food for Thought distributed over 700 bags per week in 2021 – a total of 91,290 pounds of food. As this need within the district continues to grow, FFP has committed to providing up to 1000 bags per week to the program.

Donate today to support this program

For additional information, contact the pantry office for details.

Suggested Donations for Food for Thought

Please supply items in Individual Servings
(no glass containers please)

  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Juice Boxes (100% Juice – Not Juice Drinks)
  • Unsweetened cereal boxes
  • Microwavable packets of oatmeal
  • Canned pasta and meat meals (pasta and meatballs, ravioli)
  • Canned soup with vegetable and meat chunks
  • Canned chili
  • Canned beans and franks
  • Peanut butter
  • Tuna in small pouches
  • Meat sticks (shelf-stable)
  • Ramen
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Microwavable veggie cups
  • Fruit cups
  • Applesauce cups
  • Pudding cups
  • Individual boxes of raisins
  • Peanut butter and crackers
  • Peanuts
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Trail mix
  • Grocery store gift cards

    Your generous donations to the Food for Thought program is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks to our supporters


    573 W. Rolling Meadows Drive
    PO Box 492
    Fond du Lac, WI 54936-0492


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