NOW OPEN: Empty Bowls Online Auction!

Introducing a great way to support Stepping Stones, have fun … and maybe get in a little early Christmas shopping to boot! As of 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, bidding has officially started. The auction is set to close at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4.

All you have to do is CLICK HERE  to browse through a terrific catalog of nearly 60 special packages, unique items, and gift certificates donated by local businesses, individuals and artisans! (Pictured here is just some of the really cool stuff you can choose from!)

Winning bidders will be able to pick up their items at Stepping Stones (1602 Stout Road, Menomonie) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6 and on Thursday, Oct. 8. We’ll have masked and gloved volunteers on hand under the outdoor canopies to safely bring you your goodies while maintaining proper social distancing, of course!

Empty Bowls online auction evolved after one of our biggest and most popular fundraisers – set for March 28 at Menomonie High School – was canceled after all schools were ordered to be closed by March 18. By that time, however, many folks had already begun to drop off their donations for the silent auction at Stepping Stones.

To transform all those generous gifts into funds to fill the ever-increasing demands on the food pantry as the effects of the pandemic continue to impact our friends and neighbors in Dunn County …


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.

The Food Pantry is OPEN 4 days a week for curbside pick-up of pre-packed boxes/bags only.  Anyone in need of food is welcome!

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.

Click here for more detailed Food Pantry information

IF YOU NEED OTHER HELP: If you need some other 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.

FOOD DONATIONS: Donations of food and/or personal care products can now be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9 am-4 pm. Although closed to walk-in visitors, Stepping Stones’ front entry is open for donation drop-offs. If you’d like us to unload the donation for you, please have it in your trunk, call us or ring the doorbell on the pantry door or front door, open your trunk, and then wait in your vehicle — in order to minimize contact for the safety of all of us. 

FINANCIAL DONATIONS: If you’d like to make an online donation, please click on the DONATE button above. You can also all us, and we can process a credit card over the phone; or mail your donation to: Stepping Stones, 1602 Stout Rd., Menomonie, WI  54751

Thank you for your support!

Stay Safe!   Be Well!


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.