There are several food pantries in the area available to assist area residents during this coronavirus outbreak. Service is generally limited to the town(s) in which the pantries are located. If you are not in need of assistance but would like to offer assistance, this article if for you too.

The Richmond/Spring Grove Food Pantry is located at 5512 May Avenue in Richmond (across May Avenue from Angelo's grocery store). They are open to distribute food on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.  If you are able to donate food, there is a drop off bin in the parking lot for non-perishable items. If you'd like to donate perishable items, please make an appointment with Char or Ken Kania at 815-678-4351. Non-perishable Items they currently need are tuna, all condiments, crackers, cookies, baby wipes and diapers, powdered milk. Of course, other items are always welcome.  Perishable items they need are chicken, ground beef and almond milk. Call to make an appointment to drop off perishable food.

The Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry is located at 715 Walworth St., Genoa City, WI. They are open on Thursdays from 9 until noon, but other times may be scheduled by calling 262-203-0979 and making arrangements with Kevin Polheber. They currently are seeking fruit donations (dried, frozen, fresh or canned), as well as cash donations. They buy food from Feeding America Food Bank in Milwaukee, but fruit is always in short supply.

Helping Hands Food Pantry is located at 2502 Spring Ridge Suite B, Spring Grove (behind the Jewel Osco). Hours of operation are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 until 6:30, but you can arrive at 3:00 to get a number for service. They are accepting donations of non-perishable food items and cash, and if you'd like to help out at the pantry, give a call between 3:00 and 4:00 on Tuesdays or Thursdays to see if they need any additional volunteers.

Twin Lakes area Food Pantry is operated by St. John's Catholic Church located at 701 N. Lake St., Twin Lakes, WI. Hours of operation are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 until noon, and on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. Their phone number is 262-877-8228.

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