Pantry Network Engagement


Feeding Wisconsin COVID-19 Network Response

The COVID-19 crisis is creating an unprecedented new food security threat to households in Wisconsin. Our food banks and pantries are experiencing challenges navigating supply and demand. Families who were already food insecure are facing tougher times as they now need to provide breakfast and lunch for their kids who are out of school. 

Before the pandemic, food insecurity levels were their lowest in 20 years, with 8.9% of Wisconsinites facing hunger. COVID-19 exacerbated food insecurity rates across the country. As of March 2021, Feeding America estimated that 680,330 Wisconsinites (11.7% or just over 1 in 8), including 1 in 5 children, experienced food insecurity in 2020.

Feeding America - COVID-19 Response Where We Stand One Year Later

Emergency Orders

There are no active statewide public health emergency orders


Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Considerations for Food Pantries and Food Distribution Sites
211 Wisconsin
211 Regional Contact Center Map
COVID-19: Updates for FoodShare and Other Food Benefits
Pandemic SNAP (P-EBT) Application (due by July 31st for families who have not received benefits for all eligible students through systematic distribution of P-EBT).
Feeding Wisconsin FoodShare Outreach Website
Example Return to Work Protocol shared by The Neighbor's Place

TEFAP Documents:

Wisconsin TEFAP no contact protocols for pantries during COVID-19 (updated 6/1/2020)
Wisconsin TEFAP FFY22 Eligibility / Certification Form
TEFAP FFY22 Guidance Memo (08/25/2021)
Wisconsin TEFAP COVID-19 Q&A
Wisconsin TEFAP Winter Food Distribution Instruction (Guidance for distribution November 1, 2020 - April 20, 2021)
TEFAP Winter Food Distribution Survey Results (October 5, 2020)

Preparing your Pantry for COVID-19 Bi-Weekly Calls

What: Join Kitty Kocol (DHS TEFAP) and Stephanie Jung Dorfman (Feeding Wisconsin) for COVID-19 response updates and Q&A. Please send questions to You can send these in advance or during the time of the call.

The emergence of coronavirus/COVID-19 requires food pantry operators to consider logistics planning and operational changes to best ensure their safe and continued service. This presentation will review practical guidance for staying open while reducing risk. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions. We expect the call to last 30-60 minutes, based on need.

Call objectives are:

1. To review logistical options for protecting volunteers and the public
2. To consider related questions and challenges facing food pantry operators

When: 2nd Friday of the month at 10am CST

Join by Phone only (the call will be audio only):

Dial: 267-930-4000
Meeting ID: 904-416-028 # (then when it asks for your participant ID, press “#”)

Kick Off Call Recording:

Presentation and Audio Recording
Audio Only Recording
Presentation PDF

Notes from Previous Calls:

Friday, June 26th Notes
Friday, July 10th Notes
Friday, July 24th Notes
Friday, August 14th Notes
Friday, August 28th Notes
Friday, September 11th Notes
Friday, September 25th Notes
Friday, October 9th Notes
Friday, October 23rd Notes
Friday, November 13th Notes
Friday, January 8th, 2021 Notes
Friday, January 22nd, 2021 Notes
Friday, February 26th, 2021 Notes
Friday, March 12th, 2021 Notes
Friday, April 9th, 2021 Notes
Transitioning to the New Normal Friday June 11th, 2021 Notes
Friday, July 9th, 2021 Notes
Friday, October 8th, 2021 Notes
Friday, November 12th, 2021 Notes