"Dear Food Pantry, 

Thank you so much for providing this service. You have helped me in hard times, and I am so appreciative. This place has positively impacted my life. Although I cannot now, hopefully someday I can repay you for everything you have given me. 

Thank you with all of my heart"


Campus Food Pantry

The UWL Food Pantry has moved to an online ordering system for the time being.  Place your order using this order form.  Pick up day will be Wednesday from 10am-1pm.  If this pick up time will not work for you, please email lic@uwlax.edu after placing your order to schedule a different pick up time.  Orders can be placed each week.  

If you are still looking for more options for food, please see the locations below.  


WAFER Food Pantry will remain open and committed to serving the community through the Coronavirus Pandemic, but will be altering processes to keep our community safe and ensure access to food. We are here for all families in need during this time and will continue to provide the necessary resources to our community. WAFER food pantry will now be providing pre-packaged boxes of non-perishable and perishable food for all existing or new clients during normal distribution hours.

New clients will be able to apply in person at the door and receive a food package the same day.

Things to Bring:
* Photo ID
* Personal carts to transport food

Catholic Charities

Will be going to phone intakes and appointments for all types of assistance.  Asking clients to call either Toni 608-519-8014 or Nick 608-519-8041 and they will work with them over the phone to see how they can help them with their need.  If they are looking for food or clothing, they will specifically what they need, get it ready for them to pick up at a scheduled time.


Food Pantry Hours: To help, Couleecap, Inc. is offering expanded food pantry hours in Sparta and Prairie du Chien to assist people struggling with food insecurity during the coronavirus emergency. Agency food pantries in Sparta and Prairie du Chien have expanded hours, Monday-Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, with curbside pick up and limited home delivery.  Individuals and families impacted by unemployment or reduced hours, school or business closures, or other reasons for food scarcity are encouraged to visit a Couleecap food pantry. More information can be found on our website. To meet increased needs, Couleecap is also accepting donations of food and personal hygiene items. A complete list of need items can be found on our website.

First Free Church, Onalaska

Will have their food pantry open.  They have hand sanitizers and masks available when people check in.  They handle the food that is being pulled.

Holmen Lutheran Church Food Pantry

Will remain open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm.  Saturday 8:00am-12:00pm.  All are welcome to come in and help yourself to a bag of non-perishable items and personal hygiene items available on the shelves.  

Onalaska-Holmen Food Basket

The Food Basket, located by the American Legion in Onalaska, plans to continue serving clients in need from Onalaska, Holmen, French Island, West Salem, Galesville and Trempealeau during normal business hours.  Clients will receive a pre-packed food package at the East entrance to the building.  The food package will include fresh produce, dairy, meat, canned and packaged food items as well as personal care items.  To help protect the health of volunteers and clients, building access will be limited to volunteers. For questions email the Food Basket Director at foodbasketdirector@gmail.com or call 608-783-7722 .

La Crosse County WIC Office 

The La Crosse County WIC office will be moving all in-person appointments to appointments by phone effective immediately due to COVID-19. If you have an upcoming appointment at the WIC office or are due for WIC benefits soon, we will be in contact with you. If your income has recently changed and you need to know if you qualify... for WIC services, please reach out to us by phone at 608-785-9865. Lastly, we understand that some formulas are running low on some store shelves. We want to reassure families that formula is expected to continue to be available at local stores. However, please think of others when purchasing and consider buying only what you need. If you have additional concerns about this, please call us.

La Crescent Food Shelf 

Their hours are Wednesday 2:00-5:00 p.m., the 2nd Saturday of the month 9:00 a.m. – noon.

Updated: 3/31/2020

About the Food Pantry

The Leadership & Involvement Center (LIC) coordinates the food pantry on campus that is available to UWL students, faculty, and staff. The Food Pantry is located in 2220 Student Union, inside the COVE. The Food Pantry is accessible by card swipe (see below); it can be utilized whenever the Student Union is open.

Accessing the Food Pantry

Individuals who are interested in using the food pantry can gain private access by registering to use their active UWL student/staff ID card. We can activate their card to allow individuals' access to the food pantry. There are no requirements to gain access to this service beyond completing a simple form. The form can be filled out in person by visiting the COVE desk in 2200 Student Union or by completing this online form

Once their card is activated, users can access the food pantry at any time The U is open. Some examples of food in the food pantry are tuna, peanut butter, jelly, pasta sauce, pasta noodles, soup, vegetables, and fruit. 

Where does the food come from?

Most of the items in the Food Pantry are generously provided by the Hunger Task Force of La Crosse. We also rely on food and monetary donations from the campus and La Crosse community. 

A look inside our Campus Food Pantry