The Watertown Food Pantry is located at Immanuel and is a a non-profit, Christian-based organization created to provide food needs at no cost to those individuals and families residing in the Watertown School District.
Hours of Operation
Thursday: 1:00pm-3:00pm & 4:30pm-6:00pm
PLEASE NOTE: The Watertown Food Pantry will always close when the Watertown, Wisconsin School District closes the schools. There may be additional circumstances where the Food Pantry may close. In those situations, the closing will be posted on the entrance door of Immanuel Church, where the pantry is located. If you're in doubt whether we are open, please call Immanuel Lutheran Church (920-261-1663).
The Food Pantry concept was initiated by Reverend Brent Christianson, Immanuel Lutheran Church, who brought the idea to the Social Concerns Committee. The Pantry began serving area residents in October 1982 from a loft room in the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Pantry was open Mondays from 10 – 12 Noon. The church secretary or one of the pastors dealt with any emergency at other times.
In 1983, the Watertown Organization of Unemployed Workers began staffing the Pantry as part of their community service commitment, so the Pantry was then open 2 hours, 5 days a week. The OUW was disbanded early in 1984, when many volunteers resumed employment. Staffing the pantry on a daily basis is now done by regular volunteers.
In summer, 1984, Jefferson County began to provide us with surplus commodities (powdered milk, cornmeal and honey) in addition to the butter and cheese we always had. Therefore, Jefferson County referred additional people to the Pantry.
Records show that in 1982 two families were assisted, each twice, for a total of 4 withdrawals. During 1983 the Pantry served 113 new families and 103 repeats for a total of 216 families. That December the Pantry distributed 22 Christmas baskets.
By 1984, use of the Pantry had increased to a total of 571 family withdrawals and use of the Pantry has increased each year.