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No one can help everyone…

…but everyone can help someone.

Our History

Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry is a  volunteer run organization.

Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry began in 1993 when six Sun Prairie churches merged their smaller food pantries to create a single larger panty that served the entire community.

Back then, the food pantry, located in a small building on North Bristol Street, served around 50 families a month. Today, the food pantry serves approximately 500 families a month.

As client numbers grew, so did the size of the food pantry. The pantry moved to a larger space on South Bristol Street in 1997. And the food pantry moved to its current location at 18 Rickel Road in 2007 after crews razed the South Bristol Street building to construct a new Senior Living Center.

On January 1, 2023 the pantry merged with and became a program of Sunshine Place. Sunshine Place brings long-term sustainability in paid administrative and support staff. Together Sunshine Place and the pantry can focus on the root causes of poverty and food insecurity, so our shared client base can thrive.

The food pantry takes full advantage of partnerships with Second Harvest, the Community Action Coalition, area grocery stores, and wholesale food distributors. Collaborative efforts with area schools and other nonprofits also help increase community members’ access to food.

The most significant characteristic of the food pantry is the enduring support it receives from the community. Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry could not exist and operate without the kindness and generosity of its volunteers, Sun Prairie residents, and beyond.

Our Mission

The Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry provides hope through hunger relief.

Our Vision

We strive to provide reliable sources of food and personal care items to individuals of all ages.

Our Values

Our values reflect core beliefs that inspire and guide how we operate and treat others. Our values include:

Integrity—We are good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.

Collaborative—We build and foster strong community and team relationships.

Accepting—We welcome people from all walks of life without judgement.

Compassionate—We are known for the kindness we show toward one another.

Humble—We are easy going, gentle in spirit, and we seek simplicity in all that we do.

Safe—We work safely for the benefit of ourselves and others. 

Our Partners

Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry takes full advantage of partnerships to secure food for clients. We are grateful for our partners because it is only with their help that we can help others. Our long-standing partners include:

American Family Insurance

Bank of Sun Prairie

The Community Action Coalition

The City of
Sun Prairie


Kwik Trip Stores

Madison Community Foundation

McGann Construction

Pick N Save

Second Harvest

Sun Prairie Community Schools

Sun Prairie Education Foundation

Sun Prairie
School District

Sunshine Place

United Way of Dane County


Our Staff

Catie Badsing
Manager – Food Security Programs

Our Leadership

2023 Pantry Committee

Hilde Felsing

Meme Kintner

Debbie Runkel-Kalson

Scott Singletary

Mark Thompson 

Be Part of a Community Where EVERYone Gets Fed: Donate Today!

Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry uses financial gifts to keep the food pantry stocked with a variety of nutritious and fresh food, including personal care items. Every donation is a valuable pledge that transforms lives in our community.