Stoughton Food Pantry Remains Open During COVID-19 Crisis

The City of Stoughton Food Pantry is open to serve households living in the Stoughton Area
School District. Eligibility for the pantry has changed during the COVID-19 crisis, allowing clients
to declare their weekly income; therefore, someone who has recently lost their job, would
qualify at this time. The hours remain the same. (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; also, Thursday from 4:00-6:00 p.m., and the first Saturday of the
month from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.). The pantry is located at 520 S. Fourth St. in Stoughton.

As usual, everyone should call (608-873-8103) to make an appointment before coming to the pantry. At
that time, we will verify new and returning client eligibility, and take orders for the clients
preferred groceries. We are practicing a No Contact Protocol. Clients will be instructed to call
the pantry when they arrive, pull up to the door at their appointment time as well as stay in
their vehicle. A pantry volunteer will verify ID’s through a closed window, then will bring the
groceries out and put them on a table. After the volunteer goes back into the building, clients
can get out of their vehicles and load their groceries.

The pantry voice mail is the best source of current information and will be updated as needed.
Clients will continue to be eligible to come in once each calendar month. Clients may also come in four times
during the year for an emergency bag, which contains a limited amount of food. The monthly
Senior Box program is available for seniors 60+ years old, who are income eligible. This food is
given in addition to the monthly pantry allotment.

Donations are still being accepted. Monetary donations should be mailed to the Stoughton City
Hall (207 S. Forrest Street, Stoughton, WI 53589) C/O Stoughton Food Pantry. If wishing to
make food and other donations, please call the pantry to set up a time to bring it in. At this
time, only large donations of 50# or more will be accepted due to the need for quarantining.
Receipts and letters acknowledging your donations will be mailed after the Stoughton City Hall
reopens for business.

The pantry is practicing safety protocols for clients and volunteers. Handwashing, sanitizing,
using masks, and gloves are all part of the protocols, along with social distancing in and outside
of the pantry. We are participating in weekly teleconferencing with the Wisconsin Department
of Health Services (DHS) and Community Action Coalition (CAC) in order to keep up with the
latest information on COVID-19.

The Stoughton Food Pantry would like to thank everyone who is supporting the pantry. We
have many devoted people who are volunteering at the pantry, both now and before the
COVID-19 crisis. Also, thank you to all our new and sustaining donors.

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