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Boyceville food pantry keeps families fed during COVID-19

BOYCEVILLE – West CAP’s food pantry at 823 Main Street in Boyceville has experienced some changes due to the pandemic and its effects but remains open and serving the families of the Boyceville and Glenwood City school districts. For the safety of staff, volunteers, and patrons, all pantry goods are pre-packaged and distributed via curbside pickup by appointment on Thursdays from 1 to 7 pm. Income eligibility guidelines have increased to 300% of the Federal Poverty Level, making benefits available to more households, and will return to 200% later in 2022 when specified by the state of Wisconsin. There is an immediate need for a Spanish-speaking volunteer to donate a few hours weekly and help the pantry reach more community members.

First-time patrons of the food pantry do not need to provide proof of income, but will need an ID, proof of address, and proof of all persons residing at the address. After a successful application, the household will be assigned an ID number which can be used for subsequent visits up to every other week. Currently, all food pantry patrons receive a wide variety of non-perishable items, dairy, frozen meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and personal care and household items.

Under the current income eligibility guidelines, a one-person household must be at or below $3,190 in gross monthly income; a two-person household must not exceed $4,310, a three-person household $5,430, and four-person household $6,550. Income eligibility guidelines for larger households can be found on West CAP’s website or through the Wisconsin Department of Human Services.

As many public safety nets became more abundant and accessible in response to the pandemic, need for pantry services changed among different groups in the community, and the pantry expects additional changes as public safety nets expire. The pantry remains dedicated to meeting the needs of its patrons whether they change, diminish, or grow with circumstances.

For more information on West CAP’s food pantry, if you’re interested in volunteering as a Spanish interpreter, or to learn how else you can help, contact Melissa J. Larson C.S.W. Food Access and Resources Coordinator at (715) 977-1191.

West CAP is a non-profit dedicated to combating the causes and effects of poverty by providing short and long-term support for the roughly one in three households in our seven-county service area who struggle to afford their basic needs. Visit westcap.org to learn more about our mission, history, and work.

West CAP is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

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