The Food Pantry at Edgerton Community Outreach is ECO’s most utilized and most visible program. Each month 150-175 families visit the Food Pantry to supplement their household’s nutrition needs. The Food Pantry provides canned goods as well as milk and fresh and frozen food items. ECO has multiple chest freezers and refrigerators which allows ECO to accept donations of all types of food items. ECO greatly relies on donated food but is also able to purchase food for the pantry through the Second Harvest Food Bank of Madison.
Many items through Second Harvest can be purchased at a greatly reduced rate compared to retail outlets. The ECO Food Pantry also receives food each month through the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). It takes a variety of food sources to keep the pantry shelves stocked. In addition to food items participants are able to receive diapers, personal care items, and household cleaning supplies when available.
The Food Pantry, for those needing assistance, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am-2pm, and Wednesday 1pm-5:30pm.
School Snack Pack Program
The School Snack Pack Program, formally known as the Breakfast Club, provides a snack baggie of cereal for any student requesting one during their milk break. The program supports kindergartner teachers and students by providing boxed crackers and snacks that teachers can utilize for their classrooms. Packaged fruit snacks are available for students at the Middle School.