United Way 211
To identify nearby emergency food options, use United Way of Dane County 211.
Text: Text your ZIP code to 898-211
How to get healthy food for your family
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Individuals with limited income may qualify for SNAP, known as FoodShare in Wisconsin. This program gives you a benefit that can be spent like cash at grocery stores. Apply for SNAP benefits through ACCESS Wisconsin. The Capital Consortium Call Center has case managers that can assist Dane County residents to apply for FoodShare over the phone or with general eligibility questions at (888) 794-5556
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Benefits for pregnant or postpartum women and children under age 5. This program also gives you a benefit that can be spent like cash at grocery stores.
- Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD)
MMSD is providing free healthy meals for kids. View a map of MMSD food delivery sites.
- Local Food Pantries, Community Action Coalition
Numerous pantries across Dane County are offering free groceries.
- The Pantries with Free Groceries section of the Madison Resources for Impacts of COVID-19 also provides more information including certain eligibility details.
- NewBridge (Senior Services)
NewBridge is coordinating meals for individuals 60+ at five sites around Madison. Call (608) 512-0000. Seniors may also want to contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center for additional information at (608) 240-7400.
- Food Access Resources, Public Health Madison & Dane County
Includes grocery stores, food delivery options, nutrition assistance programs, FoodShare and WIC, and other information.