headstart food driveStepping Stones relies on many stakeholders to accomplish its work. It is most financially stable when many people offer support by giving what they can.

With the ability to give online now at Stepping Stones, you can do a one time gift or set up an automatic monthly donation if you wish. 

Contributions in honor of a special occasion or an individual, or given as a memorial are welcome and are recognized in the quarterly newsletter.

All contributions are tax deductible. Stepping Stones is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization.


All three of our programs have ongoing wish/needs lists. Please consider donating these items if you have extra or wouldn’t mind adding them to your shopping list for us.

For the Stout Road Building

Copy paper (any color)
Garbage bags, any size
Green cleaning supplies
Brooms, mops
Gallon size plastic plant pots (for Garden Tour plant sales)
Ground coffee, creamer & sugar packets

For the Shelters

$10 “fuel only” gas cards (any place local)
$10 gift cards for restaurants in North Menomonie
(Places that don’t serve alcohol – eg. McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Arby’s, Taco John, etc.)
Manual can openers
Basic cleaning supplies
Personal care products

For the Food Pantry

Most Needed Items Include

Peanut butter & jelly
Canned meats (tuna and chicken)
Boxed dinners (Hamburger Helper, Macaroni & Cheese)
Spaghetti sauce & pasta
Rice, dry beans
Breakfast cereals
(low sugar & oatmeal)
Pancake mix & syrup
Canned fruits & vegetables
Canned soup, chili, stew
Baby food
Bath soap, shampoo, conditioner
Toothbrushes & toothpaste
Tampons & maxi pads
Toilet tissue & Kleenex
Diapers, baby wipes
Laundry detergent
Dish soap

The pantry also welcomes donations of fresh produce.

Food & Fund Drives

For every $1 donated, Stepping Stones can purchase $10 worth of food through the Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire.  For this reason, Stepping Stones encourages interested groups, businesses, and organizations to hold Food AND Funds Drives. Feed My People Food Bank is the Feeding America Food Bank which supplies most of Western Wisconsin.)

Donations of food and personal care items are also greatly appreciated as they increase the variety of items available at the pantry. (Click here for tips for a successful Food and Funds Drive.)

What Cannot be Donated

Food safety regulations prevent us from accepting home baked, cooked, canned or preserved items. Meat (including venison) can be accepted if it was purchased at a retail store or from an approved meat processor.


If you plan to deliver a large quantity of food (more than a few bags), please call ahead (715-235-2920) to make sure we have volunteers available to help receive it.