Goodman Community Center | Fritz Food Pantry

The Fritz Food Pantry at the Goodman Community Center provides groceries for more than 200 households every week. We believe everyone should have access to a variety of healthy, fresh foods, regardless of their income level, and we’re proud to provide this valuable service to anyone in our community who needs it.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we've a surge in demand at our food pantry, with many patrons sharing with us that it's the first time they’d ever had to use a food bank. Thanks to the ongoing support of our community of staff, volunteers, neighbors and partners like Second Harvest, we're able to meet the needs of thousands of families and individuals.

Our pantry is open three days a week to anyone who needs it. We provide a mix of fresh produce and dairy products, eggs, meat, cheese and dry goods. As much as we can, we try to meet special dietary needs for low-sugar, low-salt, and gluten-free foods.

All are welcome. No pre-registration required.

Pantry Hours

Tuesday 9:30am – noon

Wednesday 6pm – 8pm

Thursday 12:30pm – 3pm

Curbside Pantry Hours

Tuesday 1 – 2pm

Current Operations

The Fritz Food Pantry is located in our Ironworks building (149 Waubesa St.). Please enter through the food pantry door, located near the basketball courts. If you drive, feel free to park in the Ironworks parking lot and then follow the signs to the pantry entrance. The door will open 30 minutes before the food pantry opens. For the safety of all, masks are required.

Not ready to come in? Every Tuesday, we’ll have a special hour – 1pm to 2pm – dedicated to curbside pick-up. Come to the Ironworks parking lot and a volunteer will help you.

In Case of Inclement Weather

Our food services, including the food pantry, will be cancelled if the Madison Schools are closed due to snow. For the safety of all, the pantry may pause in the case of tornado or severe thunderstorm warnings.

If the Madison Schools are closed as a result of a planned closure, Goodman Community Center will cancel the food pantry and food programs if a blizzard, ice or storm warning is issued. Please check our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

Four volunteers stand in the Goodman Center gym holding grocery bags and smiling at the camera.

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Get Involved

Our food pantry couldn't do the work it does without the support of our community.

If you'd like to drop off a donation of food or personal care items, follow these steps:

  • Bring your donation to the Ironworks building (149 Waubesa St.) during our normal hours.
  • Ring the doorbell located near the main door.
  • Someone will bring out a cart for your donation.

Please be aware that our food pantry cannot accept perishable items that require refrigeration or are frozen. This is due to food safety issues. With financial donations we are able to stock our fridge and freezers with meat, prepared food, produce, dairy and more.

What’s Needed Most:

  • Cooking oil
  • Sugar
  • Hygiene and cleaning supplies, such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, laundry detergent, dish soap, etc.
  • Shelf-stable, dairy-alternative milk, such as oat, soy or almond
  • Gluten-free items

      Host a food drive

      Food drives are a HUGE help in keeping our pantry shelves stocked. Could you host one within your family, at your workplace, faith community, club or neighborhood? In the food drive kit below you'll find printable posters and flyers to help promote your event, as well as a handy tips sheet.

      Are you a business or organization looking to host a food drive?

      Consider hosting a themed drive to collect the specific types of items we need most. Click here for more info.

      Contact Francesca Frisque (see info below) for all your food drive questions answered.

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      Make a Financial Gift

      Your financial donation can also help keep our food pantry stocked.

      GIVE NOW

      For more information about our food pantry contact:

      Francesca Frisque

      Food Pantry Manager
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