With businesses and organizations closing in response to COVID-19, many more people are facing challenges with providing enough food for their family. There are many resources out there to help.
Food pantries have food and are open during the Safer at Home order. To pick up prepacked bags, bring identification to the pantry located within your school district. Right now many pantries are only asking some basic questions to receive food: Name, Address and number of people in your household. Check out the 2019 Polk County Food Resource Directory for more information on pantry locations and hours: http:// polkunited.org/resources/healthy-eating It is recommended to call ahead to make sure pantry hours and pick up procedures haven’t changed.
Amery Area Food Pantry, 715-268-5999
Lifeline Food Pantry (Clear Lake), 715-263-3846
People Loving People (Dresser), 715-755-2300
Family Pathways Food Shelf (Frederic), 715-327-4425
Loaves and Fishes (Luck), 715-405-3727
The Open Cupboard (Osceola), 715-294-4357
St. Croix Falls Food Shelf, 715-485-9494
Family Pathways Food Shelf (St. Croix Falls), 715-485-2920
Turtle Lake Food Pantry, 715-986-4158
Ruby’s Pantry pop-up distributions are not being held at some of the normal sites and days, but new drive-thru distributions are being scheduled in the area. Check the Ruby’s Pantry website for dates and locations. https://rubyspantry.org/cms/pop-up-pantry-calendar
Polk County schools are delivering or having pick-up available for meals to school age kids at no cost. Contact your school district for more information.
Clear Lake, 715-263-2114
St. Croix Falls, 715-485-9823
Turtle Lake, 715-986-2597
Would you like to help? If you are able, make a financial donation to your local food pantry. Donations to food pantries are lower during these times, but pantries can place larger food orders through partner agencies at a reduced cost to meet community needs. Food pantry volunteers are also needed as a high percentage of regular volunteers are not able to help out during this time.
To learn more about emergency food sources and other services in the community, visit 211wisconsin.communityos.org/coronavirus or call 211 (1-877-947-2211 from a phone without a 715 area code.)
To learn more about Polk United or to get involved visit: www.polkunited.org or email us at email@example.com.