How To Get Food

Dial 211 For Food

If you or someone you know needs emergency food, please dial 2-1-1. To call using a cell phone or pay phone, dial (414) 773-0211 or tollfree (866) 211-3380. An operator will help you locate the closest emergency food pantry and/or meal program in your area. 211 can also connect callers with a wide variety of emergency social services in our community.

You can also get help online at


Food stamps, known as FoodShare in Wisconsin, help provide groceries to low-income individuals and families. Qualified recipients receive a debit-like benefit card called a "Quest Card." To see if you qualify for food stamps online, visit If you think you may not qualify for a large amount of food stamps, click here to find out what $10 can buy.

Women, Infants and Children

Women, Infants and ChildrenWIC promotes the health and well-being of nutritionally at-risk pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children. WIC recipients receive vouchers for nutritious foods, nutrition and breastfeeding information, and referral to other health and nutrition services. To see if you are eligible, visit Wisconsin's WIC site.

Click here for details about this program.

School Meals/Summer Meals

School meals are a great way to stretch family dollars.  Students can receive free and reduced price meals by filling out a school meal application at their school.  Income guidelines will be based on your family size. To get free summer meals for your children, visit, dial 2-1-1 or ask your local school about open sites for summer meal programs.  In Milwaukee, children can eat free meals all summer long at local parks, schools and playgrounds through the Kohl's Serving Up Supper for KidsClick here to learn more.


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