Pantry Network Engagement

Feeding Wisconsin Pantry Network Engagement

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.

This page and monthly calls provide information to support food pantry operations and a space to provide peer-to-peer sharing.

Statewide Food Pantry Calls with DHS TEFAP and Feeding Wisconsin

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

Call objectives are:

1. Provide updates concerning food pantry operators, including TEFAP program, nutrition policy, etc.
2. Panel discussion on topics related to food pantry operations.
3. Engage in peer-to-peer sharing of knowledge and best practices.

When: 2nd Thursday of the month at 11am CST

Schedule for coming pantry call topics:

  • September 2022 - Fresh produce availability/Food Sourcing
  • October 2022 - Indoor shopping best practices/Order ahead online ordering pilots
  • November 2022 - Winding down COVID resources
  • December 2022 - Educational materials and recipes/Healthy & nutritious food options
  • January 2023 - Fundraising
  • February 2023 - Culturally appropriate food options
  • March 2023 - Mobile and outdoor pantry best practices
  • April 2023 - Food safety
  • May 2023 - Creating a nutrition policy to guide donations and purchases

Register here to receive the calendar invite with login information

Join via Google Meeting:

Google Meeting Link: meet.google.com/prt-ceov-iaa
Dial In: (‪US‬)‪+1 415-604-0562‬
PIN: ‪544 585 865#‬

Previous Pantry Call Notes and Recordings: CLICK HERE

 

Other Information

Research:

COVID-19 Pantry Visitor Pulse Survey Report

Resources:

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
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)

Previous Pantry Call Notes and Recordings: CLICK HERE