Basic Needs



2-1-1 Great Rivers
Call 211 or 1-800-362-8255

Community Pantry & Clothing Closet
(715) 720-4505
11 West Central Street, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Saturdays 9am-noon. Open for emergency appointments during the week.

Bloomer Community Clothes Closet
1005 9th Avenue (Behind Southworth Chevy) Near Food Pantry.
Open Tuesday’s from 4pm to 7pm and Fridays from 11am to 3pm.
Phone: 715-568-1129 business hours or 715-237-2498 after hours
Contact: Diane Boettcher

Food Resources

2-1-1 Great Rivers
Call 211 or 1-800-362-8255

Agnes’ Table
Trinity United Methodist Church, 201 W. Central Street, Chippewa Falls, WI
Collaborates with local agencies, organizations, and citizens by providing nutritious meals and hospitality to our community, while raising awareness of hunger and food insecurity. Everyone is welcome! Serving a free hot meal every Tuesday and Thursday Evening from 5:30 PM-6:30 PM

Barnabas Christian Coffeehouse
19 W. Spring Street, Chippewa Falls, WI
(715) 404-8055
Provides soup and sandwiches, fellowship on Monday, Wednesday & Friday evenings from 6-9 p.m. All are welcomed. Barnabas

Bloomer Community Food Pantry
Call Roberta (715) 568-3733 or (715) 568-3612
609 20th Avenue, Bloomer, WI
Open Fridays 1-4 p.m. No referral needed. Emergency assistance available by appointment. Serves Bloomer and New Auburn area residents only. Can go weekly.

Cadott Food Pantry/Four C’s
Call Jean Carlson (715) 289-4941
329 Main St. Cadott, WI – Christian Community Center
Open Fridays 2-4 p.m. Can visit twice per month as needed. Proof of address and income needed.

First Presbyterian Church, 130 West Central, Chippewa Falls
Open Thursdays 10-1. Multi church ministry which providing vouchers for $25 worth of food OR gas. May visit once every 6 months. Food voucher is one time only. Need to bring ID and valid driver’s license.

Chippewa Falls Salvation Army Food Pantry
(715) 726-9506
521 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls, WI – Salvation Army (use back entrance).
Open Monday 9am-3pm, Tuesday-closed, Wednesday 9am-1pm & 2pm -6pm, Thursday 4pm-7pm. CLOSED FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS. Bring proof of identification, social security or medical assistance card for every member of the family along with verification of address and proof of income. One visit per month.

Chippewa Area Food Pantry Fresh Food Distribution
Chippewa River Industries (CRI)-1000 Lake Dr. Chippewa Falls, WI
3rd Tues of month; 4pm -5pm. Free fruits, vegetables, dairy products and bakery goods available. To participate, ask for an ID number from your local food pantry.

Community Pantry & Clothing Closet
(715) 720-4505
11 West Central Street, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Saturdays 9am-noon. Open for emergency appointments during the week.

Cornell Food Pantry
Call Lisa Pease 715-205-0542
401 S. 2nd St. Cornell, WI
Breakfast: Thursdays from 7:30am-8:45am.
Groceries: Tuesdays- 4:30pm-7pm. Thursdays 7:30 am–10:00am.
Emergency assistance available with appointment.

Eau Claire Community Table
(715) 835-4977
320 Putnum Street, Eau Claire (near Banbury Place)
Meal Schedule:
Monday                                     11:30am – 1:00pm
Tuesday                                     5:00pm – 6:15pm
Wednesday                              11:30am – 1:00pm
Thursday                                    11:30am – 1:00pm
Friday                                          5:00pm – 6:15pm
Saturday                                    11:30am – 1:00pm
Sunday                                       3:00pm – 4:00pm

First Presbyterian Food Pantry
(715) 723-5717
130 West Central Street, Chippewa Falls, WI.
Food pantry open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to noon (located in the Church Library—off the fellowship hall). Food can be received three times in a six-month period by any one individual or family.

Food Share Wisconsin
Helps low-income families and individuals purchase nutritious food. To find out if you qualify for Food Share benefits, apply to your local agency at Chippewa County Economic Support, (715) 726-7840 or (715) 514-9719. You can also apply online at

Chippewa County Fresh Food Distribution – 2014
Third Tuesday of each month 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Chippewa River Industries (CRI)
1000 Lake Wissota Drive
Chippewa Falls, WI
(In the Industrial Park located north of County Hwy I (past St. Joseph’s Hospital))

Fruit of the Vine Food Pantry
Trinity Christian Fellowship – (715) 644-5532
W11581 Co. Hwy X, Stanley, WI
3rd Tuesday 5:30pm–8:30pm. Can visit once/month. Food pantry guests must show personal identification.

Holcombe Methodist Church
Call 715-535-4967 or Dawn at 595-4884 27841
Cty Hwy M, Holcombe, WI
Open 2nd & 4th Tuesday from 2pm-5:00pm

Jim Falls Community Food Pantry
(715) 226-0435
13883 Cty. Hwy S, Jim Falls, WI
Open Thursday 4-6:00 p.m. Need social security card for each family member and proof of address. Emergency assistance available.

New Auburn Food Pantry
St. Jude’s Church   (715) 237-2116
146 W Main St., New Auburn, WI
Open 2nd & 4th Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon. Serves Bloomer and New Auburn school district only.

Stanley Food Pantry
Our Saviors Lutheran Church (715) 456-7540
147 East 4th Avenue, Stanley, WI
Open 1st Thursday of the month from 4pm–6pm. One visit per month.

(715) 726-7903 or 1-800-400-3678
Provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, supplemental foods, and health screenings to pregnant, breastfeeding, and post-partum women, infants, and children to age 5. Open weekdays with flexible clinic hours for working and school attending parents. Chippewa County sites available in Chippewa Falls, Cornell, Stanley, and Bloomer.

Energy Assistance

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)
(715) 726-7840
Chippewa Co. Dept. of Economic Support
711 N. Bridge St. Rm 121, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Helps individuals and families pay for the cost of heating their homes by providing a one-time benefit payment for each heating season. Household income must be below 150% FPL. Payment covers a portion of heating costs; not intended to cover the entire annual cost of heating a home. Assistance may also be available to help with non-heating electric costs. Other services offered include crisis assistance (available to those who have no heat, have received a disconnection notice, or are nearly out of fuel and do not have any way to pay for heating needs) and weatherization services.

Chippewa County Department of Economic Support
(715) 726-7840
711 N. Bridge Street, Room 121
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

Clark Co. Dept. of Social Services / Indianhead Community Action Agency
(715) 743-5233                                                                         (715) 229-2547
517 Court St. Rm 502                                                              537 E. 3rd
Neillsville, WI 54456                                                               Owen, WI 54460

Dunn County
Appointments made through Dunn County Human Services 715-232-1116 but appts. held at Dunn County Job Center, 401 Technology Drive, Menomonie.
Eau Claire Co. Dept. of Human Services-Financial Services
(715) 831-5788
721 Oxford Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701

Taylor Co. Dept. of Human Services
(715) 748-3332
540 E. College Avenue, Medford, WI 54451


2-1-1 Great Rivers
Call 211 or 1-800-362-8255

Chippewa County Housing Authority – Multiple Programs
711 N. Bridge Street Room 14, Chippewa Falls, WI

Section 8 Rental Assistance
Program participants pay a portion of their rent, based on their income, and the Housing Authority pays the rest. (See pamphlet for details on requirements etc.)

Rental Repair Loans
Available to owners of rental properties in Chippewa County.

Home Purchase Programs
Funded by Chippewa County Housing Authority. Helps with down payment and/or closing cost, home repairs that count towards down payment, lease to purchase, as well as self-help.

Housing Rehabilitation Program
Assists low and moderate-income households with repairs to their homes. Repairs include plumbing, electrical, heating, insulation, roofing, among others

Self-Help Housing
Assists first time home buyers with building their own homes. A group of families (4-6) works together to build their own homes under the guidance of contractors

Lease to Purchase
Assists first time homebuyers in purchasing a home after they have rented it for one year.

Emergency Housing Assistance For Home Owners
Program helps homeowners being their delinquent property taxes current as well as helping homeowners who have fallen behind with mortgage payments.

Vision (Volunteer Improvement Service In Our Neighborhoods)
Assists low-income homeowners with small home repairs. Homeowner pays for materials and vision staff community volunteers to do the labor. Eligibility requirements in pamphlet as well as complete list of services.

Catholic Charities
(St. Lawrence Community Services)
1-888-212-HELP (4357)

Eau Claire Locations 

Eau Claire Office
448 North Dewey Street
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Phone: 715.832.6644
Fax: 715.832.6686
Toll Free 1-888-212-HELP

Sojourner House
Eau Claire Homeless Shelter
618 S. Barstow St
Eau Claire, WI 54701

La Crosse Offices

La Crosse
3710 East Ave. S
La Crosse, WI 54601
Ph 608-782-0710
Fax 608-782-0702
Toll Free 1-888-212-HELP

New Downtown Office/La Crosse Warming Center
(Opening November 1st)
413 Third Street South
La Crosse, WI 54601
Ph 608-519-8060
Toll Free 1-888-212-HELP

Prairie du Chien Location

Prairie du Chien Office
115 East Perry St.
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
Phone: 608.326.1616
Fax: 608.326.7152
Toll Free 1-888-212-HELP

Wausau Location

Wausau Office
540 South 3rd Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: 715.849.3311
Toll Free 1-888-212-HELP
Fax: 715.849.8414

Hope Gospel Mission
(715) 552-5566
8 S. Farwell St., Eau Claire, WI 54703
46-bed homeless shelter for men (18 and older). Provides hot meals, clean clothes, and hot showers. Also offers programs to aid homeless men in achieving stable and productive lives, such as the Life Skills Program, Education Center, and Work Program. Also has a furniture voucher program-must speak to a cashier and can choose 4 pieces (one-time only opportunity).

Ruth House – Hope Gospel Mission
(715) 552-5563
2517 Moholt Dr., Eau Claire, WI 54702
Homeless shelter for single women (18 and older) provides hot meals, clean clothes, and hot showers. Offers programs to aid homeless women in achieving stable and productive lives, such as the Life Skills Program, Education Center, and Work Program

Sojourner – Catholic Charities
618 S. Barstow, Eau Claire, WI
(715) 514-5556
Open for intake 7:00-9:00 pm. After hours must be brought in by law enforcement.

West Cap – Multiple Programs
(West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency, Inc.)
Phone: 715-265-4271 or 1-800-606-9227
FAX 715-265-7031
525 Second Street
P.O. Box 308
Glenwood City, WI 54013


Lifeline and Link-Up
- Lifeline reduces the basic monthly charge for one telephone line for income-eligible households.
- Link-Up helps households without telephone service, get it and those with service, keep it when they move. It also helps pay for most of the installation charges of one telephone.

Local telephone service provider should be the FIRST CONTACT.
Further questions, contact:
Public Service Commission
P.O. Box 7854
Madison, WI 53707-7854
Phone: 1-800-225-7729
TTY: 1-800-251-8345 (in WI)
608-267-1479 (outside WI)
Fax: 608-266-3957

Provides a FREE SafeLink wireless phone plus up to 250 free minutes every month. (Minutes can be added at a cost.)

Eligibility: People who are already on BadgerCare, Food Stamps, SSI, MA can qualify automatically. Otherwise you must have a household income of 135% FPG (must provide proof) and no one else in the household can have a SafeLink phone.

1-800-723-3546 Monday through Saturday, 8a.m. to 10p.m. and Sunday 8a.m. to 7p.m, Eastern Standard Time


A-1 Eau Claire Taxi

Abby Vans, Inc
(Non-emergency wheelchair accessible)
715-743-3364 or 800-236-8438
Call to schedule rides Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

ADRC of Chippewa County
Shopping Trips to Oakwood Mall & Eau Claire Walmart/Target area. Rides available to anyone 60+ years of age. $3.00 co-pay is required at time of pickup.

2nd & 4th Wednesday every month.

Morning Pickups begin at 9 a.m. / Riders will be picked up for return trip approximately 1 p.m.

Call Bobbi @ Center for Independent Liviing

Phone: 715-514-4200 or 1-877-577-8452

Carelink -Gas Vouchers
(715) 720-0882
First Presbyterian Church
130 West Central Street, Chippewa Falls, WI
A group of area churches have come together to provide $25 gas card (or food) every 6 months. Need valid driver’s license.

If you wish to donate, send checks made payable to Trinity United Methodist with CARELINK in the memo and send to: Trinity United Methodist, 201 West Central Street, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

Thursdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Center for Independent Living New Freedom Transportation Program
Contact: Bobbie Hegna at 715-223-1070.
Volunteer drivers can take people to medical appts., counseling, meetings and limited shopping. A voucher program is available to provide short-term transportation options for people with disabilities. This service is available in 10 counties.

Chippewa County Veterans Van
(715) 726-7990

Service Area: Chippewa County. Veterans Van provides free transportation for veterans to and from the V.A. Medical Center in Minneapolis for admittance and outpatient treatment. Van leaves from and returns to the Chippewa County Courthouse on even numbered days. Veterans must have their own transportation to the courthouse and must be ambulatory to use the service.

Contact: Mike Haley, Veteran’s Service Officer
Office Hours: M-F, 8:00-4:30
711 N. Bridge St. Rm. 301
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

Chippewa County Volunteer Caregiver Program
Helps find volunteer to provide transportation to medical appointments, shopping and errands. No charge for services.
Contact: Joy LaMartina, Volunteer Coordinator
Office hours 8 to 1pm Tuesday thru Friday
Chippewa County Courthouse Rm 118

Chippewa Falls Shared Ride Taxi
(715) 723-3000 to make an appointment to schedule rides. Offers rides within the Chippewa Falls city limits on a demand response, door-to-door, basis. Wheelchair accessible vehicles available. Costs vary by person and distance of trip.

Service Hours:
Monday through Friday
5:00AM to 7:00 PM
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
6:30 AM to 4:30 PM

City of Chippewa Falls Transit Office
(715) 726-2728

Call for information about this program, get a reduced fare and ID.

Community Link Program
Jill Pollert, BSW, Program Director
(715) 644-6188 Toll-Free: (877) 644-4981
1120 Pine St., Stanley, WI 54768
Office Hours: M-F, 7:30-4:00

Non-profit volunteer organization provides non-emergency transportation primarily for the elderly and disabled to medical and grocery shopping program. Advanced planning is required for most transportation. Service Area: Eastern rural Chippewa County, including Stanley, Boyd, Cadott, Jim Falls, Cornell, and Holcombe. Also serves the Thorp area.


(Non-emergency wheelchair accessible)
715-822-5077 or 800-989-7433

LeRoy’s Cab
(715) 720-6106

Medical Transport Management Inc. (MTM, Inc)
Wisconsin Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (Free transportation for BC members)
BC and Medicaid

New Freedom Transportation Program
A voucher program developed to provide transportation options for persons with disabilities and transportation barriers. Available to persons with disabilities in the following counties: Dunn, Chippewa, Pierce, and St. Croix.

Region Contact List:

  • Chippewa or Eau Claire County (if no other program can help you), Bobbie Hegna 1-877-577-8452 or if local 715-233-1070
  • Dunn, Pierce, or St. Croix County, Dan Heimke (715) 308-1563

Patient’s Express
(Non-emergency wheelchair accessible)
Call to schedule rides Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
715-726-1100 or 866-336-7915
Prefer 2 day notice. Serves Eau Claire & Chippewa Counties with some outlying areas, including Rochester & Minneapolis

Ready Ride Taxi

Shared Ride Taxi
(Within Chippewa Falls city limits. Wheelchair accessible vehicles)

Tender Care Transport
(Non-emergency wheelchair accessible)
Call to schedule rides Mon-Fri 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. & Sat 6 a.m. – 12 p.m.
715-835-2435 or 800-498-2050
Prefer 24 hour notice. Transport areas include Chippewa, Dunn & Eau Claire counties with some outlying areas including Rochester, Mondovi & Marshfield.

Town & Country Taxi

Veterans Services
For Veterans needing medical transportation to and from the VA Hospital in Minneapolis. Van leaves on even numbered day. Call for more details.

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