MILWAUKEE — Food pantries and other programs across the Badger State are working to ensure those in need have food on their tables this holiday season.


The Hunger Task Force has an online map where you can find food pantries, MPS meal sites, non-MPS meal sites, meal sites for seniors and more. 

The Neighborhood House, located at 2819 W. Richardson Place, will be open Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. The pantry on Thursday is giving away turkeys on a first-come, first-serve basis until turkeys are gone in addition to regular food bags.

Dream Team United MKE is serving free, cooked meals between noon and 3 p.m. Thursday at 35th and Center Street in the empty lot. Coats, hats, gloves, and more will also be given away while supplies last.

The Dominican Center is distributing 100 Thanksgiving dinner boxes to those in the Amani neighborhood. Residents can register for a dinner box by completing a neighborhood safety survey.

COA Youth and Family Centers’ food pantry located at 2320 W. Burleigh St. will be open its regular hours as well.


The River Food Pantry is providing fully-prepared Thanksgiving to-go meals for food-insecure families in Dane County to take home for each member of their household. Each meal includes turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole or corn, stuffing, a roll and a slice of pie. The food was prepared by a combination of staff, volunteers and community partners, including Madison College.

Good Shepard Lutheran Church is providing free, hot Thanksgiving dinner Thursday. Those interested just have to go through the Good Shepherd-Madison Campus to pick them up, and no RSVP is needed. 

NewBridge Madison, partnered with Door Creek Church and LJ’s Sports Tavern and Grill, is delivering 400 meals to older adults across Madison from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will take place at LJ’s Sports Tavern and Grill on 8 N. Patterson St.

Green Bay

Green Bay Packers linebacker Christian Kirksey, through his Kirkoland Foundation, donated 300 turkeys to Paul’s Pantry, which was already distributing 900 turkeys to those in need. Kirksey also donated classic Thanksgiving sides. 

Calvary Lutheran Church Food Pantry offers free holiday meals, including Thanksgiving turkeys, as well as hygiene supplies. 

Seventh Day Adventist Church’s Food Pantry and the Salvation Army are also working to provide families with food for the holiday.

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Around Wisconsin

Christ the Rock in Menasha is delivering an estimated 3,000 meals across the Appleton-area community between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. Click here for more.

Hope Gospel Mission in Eau Claire is holding a curbside pickup community Thanksgiving Dinner at it's Hope Renewal Center for Men in Eau Claire. From 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m., volunteers will be providing approximately 500 meals.

Northsiders Lake Geneva, at 642 W. Main St., is offering a free Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday. Curbside service, carry-out, and delivery services will be available for those unable to or uncomfortable with eating inside. Click here for more.

Use the 2-1-1 Wisconsin website to find the food pantry in your neighborhood. You can also call Impact at 2-1-1, which can connect you to food pantries and meal programs in your area. Texting your ZIP code to TXT-211 is also an option.

The Free Thanksgiving Dinner program by Walmart and mobile rewards app Ibotta, along with Campbell’s, Butterball and Coca-Cola, is providing free meals to those in need across the country as well. Those interested just have to download the Ibotta app or Ibotta’s web browser extension, click on “Free Thanksgiving Dinner,” and shop for Thanksgiving items either at an area Walmart or at

Once purchased, scan the receipt into the Ibotta app or link your Walmart Grocery account to verify the purchases, and shoppers will then earn cash back for their complete purchase of the specific foods.