Located at 1619 Main St, Marinette Open: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10:00 am to 2 pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 715/735-6956 to learn more. To sign up, bring a drivers license or other official identification and complete an application, available at the food pantry or online. See eligibility guidelines.
Support the Food Pantry
Here are other ways you can help:
Conduct a food drive of non-perishable foods. We will supply you with a box and additional support you may require.
Donate food. We typically fall short of the following foods: canned soups, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, jelly, tuna, Hamburger Helper, instant potatoes, canned fruit and vegetables, and cereal.
Volunteer your time. We are always in need of a few helping hands! Call 715-735-6956, email or stop by to sign up!
Thank you to our supporters!
A Story of Change
Here's the story of Billy Jo, a Marinette-based 44 year old mother of two and a client of the food pantry. Billy Jo's mantra is, “if anyone can do it I can do it. But I didn’t do it alone.” Her story starts a long time ago when she was 15 and lost her mother to suicide when they were living in Milwaukee. Her mother worked for the VA and overdosed on prescription drugs she stole from work. Soon after, Billy Jo’s boyfriend died in a tragic car accident in front of her house. In her words, “This was nothing compared to what was to follow.” A few years later, Billy Jo moved with her dad and stepmom to the Marinette area. Her father abandoned her a few years later and a high school teacher took her in. It was then that she met Bill, at the McDonalds and started drinking. She lived with Bill and he beat her for the next 24 years. She finally heeded her daughter’s advice, “leave Bill before he kills you,” she said. Billy Jo left with no belongings except her kids and was taken in by Rainbow House. While at Rainbow House, she was able to use vouchers at St Vincent de Paul’s thrift store to get herself a few things. In her words, “Just having a few things to call my own made me feel better about my situation.” She stayed at the Rainbow House for three and a half months before moving into her own apartment. Newcap paid for rent for a year. With little to no income she was wholly dependent on St Vincent de Paul’s food pantry to feed herself and her kids. Rock bottom hit when her power was turned off for failure to pay utility bills. She was embarrassed and tired of asking for help so she sat there in the dark for five days with no food. She lost 11 pounds and her dog was also hungry. She finally called the help line run by the St Joseph Conference of St Vincent de Paul. They came over with food from the food pantry and called WPS for her. Her power was turned back on the next day. This was literally a light bulb moment--when she started trying to put her life back together again. She started attending counseling and tried getting a job but kept quitting because she was too depressed. She did not realize that change can sometimes be painfully slow. Recently, Billy Jo was walking out of the St Vincent de Paul food pantry with a bag of groceries wheeling a bicycle donated to her through the thrift store. She says, “It took me this long but now I’m ready to get a job. I need to give something back to you all and I’m ready to do that.” The food pantry is an essential lifeline to people with few resources who are facing a crisis. It is a place to obtain groceries, a place to get connected to other resources, as well as a place to just get a hug when times are tough. Thanks to donations from people like you, the food pantry can continue to be the primary resource for people facing food insecurities in the area.