Clients served at a mobile pantry stop.


Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin rolled out the Mobile Pantry Program in August 2003 to supplement the work of partner food pantries, shelters and meal sites operating in fixed locations. Working with a community partner, fresh and non-perishable groceries from Second Harvest Foodbank’s warehouse are trucked to a neighborhood site at a prescheduled time for immediate distribution to residents.

The Mobile Pantry Program provides another source of food to families and individuals facing hunger. It also gives Second Harvest Foodbank a valuable channel to increase food distribution so nutritious, non-perishable foods as well as perishable foods, such as milk, juice, bread and fresh produce, do not go to waste.


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.


To stay informed about all our mobile food pantry distributions throughout southwestern Wisconsin, download our mobile app (visit the app store on your phone and search for “Second Harvest”, compatible with Android and Apple products).

Check out this video to give you a better understanding of our Mobile Pantry Program:

Second Harvest Foodbank thanks our fiscal year 2021 Mobile Pantry donors…

Alliant Energy, American Transmission Co., Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a BadgerCare HMO, Bayer FundBemis Company Foundation, Compeer FinancialCUNA Mutual Group FoundationEcolab FoundationFirst National Bank and TrustJohn Deere Foundation, Hormel FoodsKerry, KrogerRural Mutual Insurance, and United Healthcare.

If you would like to provide outreach at a Mobile Pantry distribution, please submit this request form.

If you would like to sponsor the Mobile Pantry Program, contact Tami Lee at 608-512-3971.