Stepping Stones
Food. Shelter. Support. Since 1986.

Empty bowls! march 2, 11-2 at mhs 

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Menomonie High School Commons (1715 Fifth St. West) is the place to come for a hand-crafted bowl of soup accompanied by fresh-baked bread and desserts. Listen to local musicians, browse a silent auction filled with hundreds of items (including handmade quilts), and enjoy activities for the kids.

Tickets are $15 in advance (starting in February at Stepping Stones, 1602 Stout Road, Menomonie) or $17, including a complimentary bowl to serve as a reminder of those in need in our community. Meal only tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Children under 5 eat free.

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There are lots of other opportunities to lend a hand as we get ready for the big day, too:

Donations: Silent auction items are gratefully accepted and can be dropped off at Stepping Stones (1602 Stout, Menomonie) up to one week prior to the event – or contact Kris Pawlowski at 715-235-2920 or for pick-up.

Paint bowls: Organize an after school or evening event for youth or adult groups to have some creative fun by painting bowls for a $5 suggested donation per bowl to help cover the cost of supplies.

Bake an extra dozen: From now through February, when making a batch of cookies or bars, consider popping some in the freezer to be used as dessert or for the bake sale and dropping them off to Stepping Stones the week of the event.

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 1,500 visits per month. Stepping Stones also provides over 400 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 2017. That’s an average of over 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 2017 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 2017.


Volunteer hours contributed in 2017 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 is done each quarter by Stepping Stones Volunteers, Board, and Staff. You can read the most current information on the Food Pantry including number of people served and many organizations that have donated. There is data about the Stepping Stones Shelters and those we have assisted. Community Connection volunteer support—both financial and direct aid—are detailed. And, of course, each issue includes the very popular Gifts & Memorials section.

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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