Any changes to times or locations for existing mobile pantry distributions identified on the calendar below will be communicated via our new texting service. You will ONLY receive a text notification if there is a change to the schedule below. To receive a text message when there is a change to the regular schedule, find your county below, and text the corresponding keyword to 47177:

  • Dane County - Keyword FOODDANE
  • Rock County - Keyword FOODROCK
  • Jefferson, Dodge counties - Keyword FOODEAST
  • Columbia, Sauk, Juneau, Adams counties - Keyword FOODNORTH
  • Monroe, Vernon, Richland, Crawford counties - Keyword FOODWEST
  • Grant, Iowa, LaFayette, Green counties - Keyword FOODSOUTH


One of the ways we can be there for you is through our mobile pantries. We send trucks into areas that need a little more help than other traditional pantries, meal sites and shelters are able to provide.

Working with a community partner, tables are setup to distribute thousands of pounds of food in a few hours. Usually households go home with 50-75 pounds of fresh produce, dairy, canned goods, meat, and snacks from each mobile pantry stop.

Don't throw away perfectly good food! Check out our Food Date Guideline for broad and basic food extension guidelines for common food categories.


Safety is our number one priority at Second Harvest during this crisis.  Our Mobile Pantry Program has been adjusted to minimize contact and increase safety measures.  Mobile pantries will start at the advertised time and go until food distribution ends - please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.  All participants need to keep six feet social distance at all times.  We ask that you be ready with your trunk open, if your trunk does not work volunteers will leave the box near your car for you to load directly.  Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not come to pick up food. 

UPDATED PROXY POLICY EFFECTIVE 4/27/2020: In an effort to ensure everyone is getting food at our mobile distribution, each car will receive boxes for only ONE household. Those with additional households can return at the end if food is available. We encourage participants to limit the amount of people in the car to maintain proper social distancing. With the current climate we are experiencing higher volume than normal and making adjustments in real time.  If you are at a mobile and the distribution runs out of food, we ask for your patience and to call 2-1-1 to get connected to your local area pantry.