Latest update: What’s happening at Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones is temporarily CLOSED to all Walk-Ins. Only staff & volunteers are permitted in the building. Thank you for your understanding.

FOOD PANTRY  (Click here for more detailed information)

The pantry is now open 4 days per week for curbside pick-up of pre-packed boxes/bags only.  Hours have not changed, just days.

Monday: 11:00 – 2:00; Wednesday: 3:00 – 6:00; Friday: 11:00 – 2:00; Saturday: 10:00 – Noon

We have plenty of food!  We have reduced the number of pick up days to allow volunteers enough time to pack boxes and to reduce the number of volunteers we need.


If you need some type of assistance or know someone who does (shelter, emergency financial assistance, etc.) please call or email us: 715.235.2920   We will reply within one business day.


We are currently requesting only financial donations—not food.  We have a skeleton volunteer crew and can’t keep up with handling food donations from individuals right now.  Also, we can get a LOT more food with monetary donations.


We NEED contributions!  If you’d like to make a donation, please do so online at You can also call us and we can process a credit card over the phone, or mail your donation to: Stepping Stones, 1602 Stout Rd. , Menomonie, WI  54751


We NEED volunteers!  We are limiting the number of volunteers at any given time to be able to maintain social distancing.  Consequently, we need help every day except Sundays. Shifts are available:   Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 9 am-5 pm; Weds: 9 am-6 pm;  Sat: 9 am – 1 pm. Please contact Jill at, 715.235.2920, x3

Stay Safe!   Be Well!

Empty Bowls 2020 postponed for now

Look for a new date to be announced!

We’re sorry to announce that Empty Bowls 2020 cannot be held as planned on Saturday, March 28. Due to the many issues surrounding COVID-19 and the ban on gatherings of more than 250 people, we feel it would be best to postpone the event.

Rest assured, however, that a new date WILL be set for Empty Bowls — and we’ll let everyone know in every way possible when that new date will be. Any advance tickets already purchased will be honored, of course, or refunded if needed. In the meantime, please stay healthy and stay safe as we “weather” this unexpected and unprecedented disruption in our day-to-day life!

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Discount Cards are now half price!

Only $5 for discounts at 15 area organizations and valid from now until August 31, 2020. Most are for 10 to 20 percent off all purchases!

Enjoy savings at these great locations: Marion’s Legacy, La Dee Dah, Cancun Restaurant, Log Jam Bar & Grill, Dairy Queen, Acoustic Cafe, The Duke & Dagger, Erbert and Gerbert’s, Tabby’s Catfe, Denny’s, The Raw Deal, Toppers Pizza, Advance Auto, Exit 45 Restaurant, and Waterfront Restaurant.

Click Here to order online. Or stop by Stepping Stones at 1602 Stout Road, Menomonie and pick your cards up in person.


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.

Statistically Speaking


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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