What We Do

Stepping Stones is a place where the community can come together to take care of its own.

Many do not realize homelessness and food insecurity are an issue in Menomonie. Stepping Stones provides services to help counter these issues. 

Stepping Stones fosters community

Our Programs

Our initiatves

Senior Commodity Boxes (CSFP)

Stepping Stones distributes monthly senior commodity boxes to low-income seniors at risk for food insecurity. CSFP (Commodity Supplemental Food Program) aims to supplement seniors (60+) with nutritious food. These meal boxes typically include canned fruit or veggies, a protein, grains, and dairy. This is an income-based program and seniors must be approved before receiving these commodity boxes.

To see if you qualify, contact:
Mai Nou 
715-235-2920 x 208 
m.hang@steppingstonesdc.org

SAM
(Share-A-Meal)

Project SAM (Share-A-Meal) is our weekend kids’ meal program.  Similar to ‘backpack’ programs throughout the country, bags of ready-to-eat and easy to prepare food is provided to school children at risk of hunger on the weekends. Stepping Stones began this program in Fall 2012 with 100 students at one school. Now, SAM has grown to more than 300 children at ten local schools, serving children and youth from Head Start through high school.  The program continues throughout the summer with around 75 children with distribution occurring at summer school and through Menomonie’s Boys & Girls Club. 

For more information:

Kris Pawlowski
715-235-2920
 
k.pawloski@steppingstonesdc.org

Farmers Feed

This program builds on Stepping Stones’ long tradition and mission of facilitating “people helping people” with a particular focus of partnering with farmers in the region.  The Dunn County region has a rich and diverse agricultural tradition.  Dairy products, meats of all kinds, fruits and vegetables, honey, maple syrup, eggs and more are all produced throughout the Dunn County region.   Stepping Stones is partnering with some of our Dunn County farmer/producers with a goal of getting a regular supply of local, fresh food onto the tables of our neighbors facing food insecurity. Read More

Whole Community Foods

The Stepping Stones Whole Community Foods Initiative was introduced during the spring of 2022 to provide culturally relevant foods to those who need it. The pandemic made it much more difficult to accommodate personal food preferences and the ability to choose food that suits specific diets. A grant from the Community Foundation has allowed Stepping Stones to stock food items that are commonly found in the diets of Hmong, Hispanic/Latino, and other underserved communities. These items are available to everyone.

Healthy Foods Initiatve

This is the newest Stepping Stones initiative. The Healthy Foods Initiative works with local and corporate partners in an effort to bring more healthy foods into the food pantry. Healthy Food Partners will be highlighted in our monthly newletters.

Partners to be announced soon!

 

101 Classes

Our Shelter Manager will be starting Adulting 101 and Relationships 101 in person at Stepping Stones. These classes are FREE and open to anyone who would like to learn more about these topics.

If you are interested or have questions, please call us at 715-235-2920 x 203 or email h.hooten@steppingstonesdc.org.