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Frequently Asked Questions

By Staff on 10/9/2023

Visit us at and on Facebook Hours: Mondays: 11a.m. - Noon Wednesdays: 11a.m. - Noon Thursdays: 5 p.m.- 6 p.m. To Qualify: Self-declared income below posted guidelines and live in the Portage Community School District. Bring ID and proof of residency. What is provided? Choose bread, buns, canned foods, cereal, juice, soap, toilet paper, and many other items. Egg/bread/milk voucher depending on size of household. Meat choices depending on size of household. How often can I go? Twice a month Need some help getting the food home? If you live within the city limits of Portage, the Food Pantry will call you a cab and pay the bill. Want to donate? Monetary donations can be made on our website or mailed to Portage Food Pantry, PO Box 474, Portage, WI 53901. Have questions? You can email us at or call us at 608-742-3774.

Donations (non-monetary)

By Staff on 10/9/2023

We’re asked many times about what the Pantry needs. We will accept any items that are donated but they must be usable. We can not accept canned items that are dented or rusted and beyond a year after expiration date. Grains are acceptable up to 3 months after expiration date. Cash donations are used to purchase food items that are deemed essential. Here is a list of items that if donated we can use our dollars where needed the most. Boxed items: cereals, oatmeal, desserts (cake mixes), rice, potatoes, pancake mixes, dinners (Mac and Cheese), snacks (chips, protein bars, popcorn) Juices- shelf stable any size. Peanut butter, jelly, syrup Dental items- toothbrushes, toothpastes, Personal care items- Shampoo, creme rinses, bar soap, shaving creme, deodorant, etc. Laundry detergent, dish soap, Kleenex, toilet paper In season vegetables or fruits. (a bag of potatoes or carrots, apples) Seasonings- salt, pepper, sugar, flour, coffee or tea.

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