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Hunger lives in Fond du Lac Image

Hunger lives in Fond du Lac

12.4% of residents struggle on incomes below federal poverty level and 47.10 % of children in FDL School District qualify for free/reduced lunch.

"Hungry" is no way to spend summer

Every summer, The Salvation Army helps cure childhood hunger by providing thousands of free brown bag lunches.

An average of 700 households visits our food pantry monthly.   

The Salvation Army Food Pantry is Fond du Lac County's largest food pantry, freely distributing almost half a million pounds of food annually. 

Helping OTHERS have a healthy lifestyle.

"I've lost 115 lbs this year because I didn't have food other than eggs to eat until my friend suggested I visit your food pantry." --A Fond du Lac Food Pantry Client

How we battle hunger:  food pantry, thanksgiving & christmas dinners, summer free lunches


Our food pantry is stocked by donations from businesses and individuals. Along with food,  and equally important, are the personal care items and cleaning supplies we stock.  Food Stamps/Quest cards do not cover these necessities and those who can't afford them depend on our supplies, or otherwise may go without.  When the pantry is low, we purchase what we need with donated money.

Clients visit the food pantry Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 1: 30 p.m. Clients are able to return to the pantry once every 30 days, and the amount of food they receive depends on the household size. A pantry card is created and kept on file for each household using the pantry. Proof of ID and residency is required.

Our pantry team collects special holiday food items and coordinates distribution to help individuals celebrate holidays with a traditional meal. 

summer brown bag lunch giveaway

Fond du Lac's oldest free summer brown bag lunch program feeds children every Tuesday and Thursday all summer, and has since 1993. "This tremendous tradition remains possible because the community supports it whole-heartedly," Barb Thill, Brown Bag Lunch Coordinator shares with conviction.  

The season runs Tuesdays and Thursdays, June  - August. The operation is headquartered in The Salvation Army's 237 N. Macy St. Fellowship Hall. Assembly begins early, at 8:30 am Shortly after 11 am, lunches are ready to distribute & serve at various locations.

Each nutritional sack lunch includes a peanut butter or meat sandwich, chips/snack, vegetable/fruit, dessert item & beverage. Children may pick up their own lunch. There must be an adult for any family wanting more than one lunch.

To Help

  1. Donate Items We Need:


  • Boxed: cereal, pasta, mac 'n cheese, Rice a Roni, Hamburger Helper, instant mashed potatoes
  • Canned: fruit, soup, meat/fish, pasta sauce, fruit juice (48 to 64 oz.),
  • Peanut butter, jelly
  • Fresh produce
  • Frozen meat
  • Dairy 
  • (October - November) Turkeys, main dish meats for Thanksgiving dinners
  • (November - December) Hams, main dish meats for Christmas/holiday dinners

     (Note we are unable to take partially used, already opened packages and food expired a year or more. )

     Hygiene, personal care, laundry & cleaning supplies:

  • Toilet paper, facial tissue, tampons/pads
  • Shampoo, deodorant, facial soap
  • Toothpaste, toothbrushes
  • Disposable razors
  • Laundry soap, dryer sheets
  • Cleaning supplies, kitchen trash bags, paper towel

   2.  Volunteer to help stock, and assist clients in the food pantry, or pack and distribute Summer  Brown Bag Lunches. 
        Contact  our Food Pantry Coordinator

   3. Make a financial donation towards supplies click here.

   4. Join the planning team and guide our fight to combat hunger.

We'd love to serve alongside you! Contact The Salvation Army, 237 N. Macy St. Fond du Lac; 920-923-8220 or email FDLSAinfo@usc.salvationarmy.org.  

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