Stepping Stones
Food. Shelter. Support. Since 1986.


It sure has been a hard winter.  The deer — and other four-legged critters — have found many people’s bird feeders.  They’re fun to watch, although it’s certainly been hard to keep the feeders full!

It’s been a hard winter for people, too — and especially challenging to keep the pantry shelves stocked at Stepping Stones.

We could really use your help!  $1 can provide 3 meals.  $100 will provide 300 meals. Please click on the DONATE link above to give today!


(Photo by Jeanne Foley, local wildlife pantry provider)


Empty Bowls 2019: filled with joy  

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped with Empty Bowls!  And thanks to these financial sponsors:

Golden Ladle: Anthem; Keyes Chevytown USA; Marshfield Clinic; Dr. and Mrs. Paul McNally
Silver Spoon: Dairy State Bank
Bronze Bowl: Prevea; Town & County Antiques and Associated Bank
Copper Kettle: Bremer Bank; Bill’s Distributing; Conagra Brands; H&R Block 
Pewter Cup: Citizens State Bank; Dana Brunstrom, CPA; Happy Apple Therapy; Leipnitz Dental; Royal Credit Union; WIPFLi; Xcel Energy

Be sure to save the date for our next event:  The Annual Garden Tour, Sat., June 29th, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Get a glimpse behind the garden gates of six lovely local gardens. Although they may be hidden under a blanket of snow right now, each contains unique features guaranteed to delight the visitor’s eye! And of course, you won’t want to miss the treasure-filled garden market at Stepping Stones.


Good deal, good cause, good price … just $5! 

Better than ever — and good through August 31, 2019 — a Stepping Stones Discount Card makes a great little gift for yourself or a friend while supporting a great cause. And talk about being even more affordable, the cards are now half price: only $5!! Click here to order online or stop by Stepping Stones at 1602 Stout Road today!

Enjoy great savings at these local merchants: Advance Auto, Circle C, Dairy Queen, Denny’s, Erbert and Gerbert’s, Exit 45 Restaurant, Log Jam Bar & Grill, Marion’s Legacy, Silver Dollar Bar & Grill, Tabby’s Catfe, The Acoustic Cafe, The Duke & Dagger, The Raw Deal, Toppers Pizza, and Waterfront Restaurant.



When you’re shopping online please use this Amazon Smile link to have 0.5% of your purchase donated directly to Stepping Stones!  It couldn’t be easier to support Stepping Stones and we will all be smiling.

Note:  You must use the above link or the Amazon Smile link on—using the mobile app does not give you the option to donate. 

Thank You For Your Support!

Serving Dunn County

Stepping Stones seeks to foster a community that prevents hunger, homelessness and
isolation throughout Dunn County through its three programs.


The Food Pantry provides food and personal care items to people in need and is currently averaging over 1,400 visits per month. Stepping Stones also provides almost 450 Project SAM weekend kids meal bags to children and youth at local schools each week.


The Stepping Stones Shelters provide emergency shelter, housing assistance, and referral services. Winter Haven operates November 15 through May 31. We are currently seeking volunteers for Winter Haven.



The Community Connections Program connects volunteers to people needing support services and provides direct assistance to people in emergency financial need as funds are available.


Average visits to the Food Pantry per month in 2018. That’s an average of almost 60 families per day, six days a week, nearly 80% of whom are living at or below poverty level and the rest very close.


Nights of shelter provided in 2018 at either one of the Stepping Stones Shelters or at a local motel for short-term stays when the shelters are full.


Individuals and families who received almost $30,000 in emergency financial assistance for rent, heat, electrical bills, fuel, clothing and other critical needs in 2018.


Volunteer hours contributed in 2018 to help make all of Stepping Stones’ programs and services possible.

Newsletter & Memorials Archives

Recent news and Memorial contributions

The Stepping Stones Newsletter is a vital communication tool that lets the community know about all of the great work that’s done each quarter by Stepping Stones’ volunteers, board, and staff. You can read about what’s happening with Stepping Stones’ programs, current events, ways to help, and other news and updates.  The Gifts & Memorials insert is also included.

Newsletter and Memorials Archives

In the archives, all of the issues for each year are assembled into one PDF volume for your reading pleasure.  It’s a great way to get a sense of the enduring work and mission of Stepping Stones!

Every Dollar is Worth Ten

1 in 9 people in Western Wisconsin are food insecure. For children, the rate is 1 in 5.
With every dollar you donate, we are able to buy
TEN DOLLARS worth of food at the food bank.

Your dollar makes a tenfold difference at Stepping Stones!

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