Frequently Asked Questions


I want to volunteer, when can I come?

Individuals are always welcome to drop in at our St. Casimir site on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday mornings (details below). Groups of 3 or more, please contact volunteer@riverwestfoodpantry.org or leave a voicemail at 414-301-1478.

St. Casimir Site

924 E. Clarke St. in St. Casimir Parish Hall.

The hall is located on the basement level of the school building behind Our Lady of Divine Providence Parish. Note: Volunteer entrance doors are on the west side of the building in the alley between the church and school. Parking is in the church lot north of the building, with an entrance on Weil St.

Wednesday/Friday prep
stocking shelves and sorting food
8:30-11:00am. Walk-ins accepted

Saturday Food Distribution
8:00-11:00am. Walk-ins accepted

Gaenslen Site

1250 E. Burleigh St. on the lower level of Gaenslen school across from the ABK Weaving Center.

Please enter through the main doors and tell security you are there to volunteer for the pantry.

Tuesday Food Distribution
4:00-6:30pm. Walk-ins not accepted.

Please Sign up in advance by emailing
volunteer@riverwestfoodpantry.org


Can children volunteer?

Children over the age of 5 can volunteer when accompanied by an adult. With children under 12 we would prefer one adult to one child.


Can I bring 3 or more of my friends? Can I schedule a group with my school, church, neighborhood block, business?

To accommodate your group of 3 or more, please contact volunteer@riverwestfoodpantry.org or leave a voicemail at 414-301-1478.


Do I need to fill anything out/sign-up beforehand?

St. Casimir Site, there is no need to sign up in advance.
Please simply sign in on the iPads when you arrive.

Gaenslen Site, please sign up in advance by emailing volunteer@riverwestfoodpantry.org


Can I fulfill my service hours at your organization?

We’re happy to have you complete your school or court-ordered service hours at the food pantry! Please just join us during our regular service hours, track your own hours, and we will sign any paperwork at the end of the shift.


Is orientation required before I arrive?

Orientation is given upon arrival.  


What will I be doing when I volunteer?

Tasks vary based on need and volunteer interest. Volunteers assist pantry clients with registration, grocery selection, helping shoppers carry bags, serving snacks, cleaning up -- and anything else we can use help with. Hands-on training and assignments are given upon arrival. 

Wednesdays – sorting and processing food donations and stocking shelves.

Fridays – rescuing and sorting produce donations.

Tuesdays and Saturdays are open for food distribution.


What do I need to bring or wear to volunteer?

Please wear casual clothing and close-toed shoes. Please keep all valuables at home.


What and how can I donate?

Food Donations

If you have perishable donations, please call our office to discuss appropriate ways to donate. 

Donations for non-perishable foods should be in good condition and not expired.

We accept donations of non-perishable foods Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday mornings 8:30-11am at our St. Casimir site (924 E. Clarke St).

OR the school lobby of our Gaenslen site (1250 E. Burleigh St). During school there is a donation bin at the main entrance. Please enter through the main doors and tell security you are there to donate to the pantry.

CLOTHING DONATIONS

 The Riverwest Food Pantry operates a thrift clothing service. We receive donated clothing Wednesday and Friday mornings between 8:30 – 11:00am at our St. Casimir Site (924 E. Clarke St).

For larger donations, please call us to arrange a special drop off. Clothing must be clean, stain-free, and need no repairs.  

Garden Donations

We love to receive donations from your garden! We require all local garden donations to follow organic practices with soil from raised beds or soil that is regularly tested. Best times to harvest and drop off are Tues afternoons 3-4pm to our Gaenslen site or Friday mornings 8:30-11am to our St. Casimir site.


How can I donate financially? 

Click here or on the yellow “Donate” button on the Get Involved page of our website.

Donations can also be mailed to our Office at:

 2610 N Martin Luther King Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53212  


What other things can I donate besides food?

We always accept donations of plastic bags, toiletries, sanitary items, house hold cleaning supplies, and laundry detergent.


How can I share my other skills and talents?

We would love to hear from you. Please email: volunteer@riverwestfoodpantry.org or leave a voicemail at 414-301-1478 and we will contact you!


I am a young adult, or I know a young adult, interested in giving a year of service with the Riverwest Food Pantry… What can I do?

For more information click Mission House, or email samantha@riverwestfoodpantry.org.


How can I contact you with other questions?

Please email info@riverwestfoodpantry.org or leave a voicemail at 414-301-1478 and we will contact you!