West CAP Food Pantry and Food Harvest Ministry to Distribute Badger State Boxes of Local Food

Thanks to a generous grant directed by Governor Tony Evers through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, West CAP’s Food Pantry and Food Harvest Ministry will begin jointly distributing monthly Wisconsin State Badger Boxes to families in need starting in August.  Through the initiative, locally produced boxes of meat, cheese, eggs, and more are being delivered to hubs across Wisconsin and distributed to food pantries throughout the state’s Hunger Relief Federation network.

The Hunger Relief Federation of Wisconsin is a statewide coalition of anti-hunger organizations and advocates who work together to end hunger in Wisconsin, founded by the Hunger Task Force based in Milwaukee.  These new Badger State Boxes being distributed feature ingredients that are all sourced from Wisconsin farmers and food producers, including grass-fed beef, Nueske’s bacon, Chalet Swiss Cheese, Sassy Cow milk and Penzeys Spices, as well as many other local products. The Badger Boxes not only support local farmers and food producers, but they make fresh, wholesome foods available to communities in need.

West CAP has partnered with Food Harvest Ministry to combine volunteer teams and resources to set up a drive-thru Badger Box distribution in downtown Boyceville, across from Buckshot’s Bar.  Set to begin on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at 10:30am, the box distribution will be offered one day each month August through December.  This is an income-based program and a short registration form is required for recipients.  Pre-registration forms are available at the West CAP Food Pantry location in Boyceville and at Food Harvest Ministry for those interested in registering to receive the monthly Badger Boxes.  There are a limited number of boxes available and they will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

West CAP has managed a food distribution program since 1980 and currently operates out of the former grocery story building on Main Street in Boyceville.  The site serves as the hub for West CAP’s Food Access programs, which include the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, The Emergency Food Assistance Program, School Backpack meal program, as well as the weekly Food Pantry distribution, which serves residents within the rural school districts of Glenwood City and Boyceville each Thursday from 1pm-7pm.  For questions about West CAP’s Food Access program or about the Badger Box program, contact Melissa Larson at mlarson@wcap.org or call 715-280-3238.  More information about the statewide Badger Box program can be found at hungertaskforce.com.

*This is an income-based food distribution which will follow the current TEFAP Self-Declared Income Guidelines as listed below.

If you qualify and would like to participate, please fill out a registration form and bring it with you at the time of distribution.
Registration forms are available for pick up at West CAP’s Food Pantry 823 Main Street Boyceville and/or at the Food Harvest Ministry Distribution site at 1002 Main Street Boyceville or here: Badger State Box Registration Form to download. Boxes available on a first-come, first-serve basis until gone. 

Distributions will be set up outside drive thru style on Boyceville’s Main Street across the street from the Buckshot’s Bar.
Watch for orange cones to begin line up.  These boxes will contain high-end products such as milk, eggs, cheese, smoked meats, hamburger and produce and are provided to us by the Hunger Relief Federation through Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee, WI.
Due to the perishable nature of the foods being provided, we want to quickly and efficiently get this food into the hands of those that need it.

*Updated – Distribution starts August 24th and will then vary and be updated as it gets closer.  Expected once each month through December:

Wednesday, August 24th

September – TBD

October – TBD

November – TBD

December – TBD

Distribution start time is approximately 10:30am if trucks arrive as scheduled.
Boxes are first come, first served.

Please call Melissa J. Larson if you have any questions 715-977-1191
West CAP, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Provider