Riverwest Food Pantry
For more information, please see the Riverwest Food Pantry Website.

Riverwest Food Pantry

Address: 924 E Clarke St. Milwaukee, WI 53212


We meet in St. Casimir Parish Hall which is the basement of the school building behind Our Lady of Divine Providence Parish. Note: Enter the hall through the west doors in the alley between the church and school and go downstairs. Parking is in the church lot north of the building.

By bus: Take the #14 towards Bayshore to Humboldt and Clarke, head north on N Humboldt Blvd toward E Clarke St. Turn left onto E Clarke St. Destination will be on the right.

By car: Head west on W Wisconsin Ave toward N 12th St. Turn right onto N 12th St. Take I-43 N and W Locust St to E Clarke St. Turn left onto E Clarke st, destination will be on the left.

Approximate travel time by bus: 25 minutes

Approximate travel time by car: 10 minutes

Days/Hours of Operation: Friday 9:00-11:00 am, Saturday 7:00-9:00 am

Mandatory Orientation: First 10 minutes of class

Description of Agency/Activities: We are dedicated volunteers growing, rescuing, sorting and preparing food in order to run operations for our two pantry distribution sites. We are also thousands of households donating food on a weekly basis. Many of us who volunteer are also clients. Clients that utilize the pantry are underemployed, low to moderate income, and elderly and disabled on a fixed income.

We provide emergency food assistance to hundreds of households in our area—between 500 and 1000 people a month. Last year we distributed 209,000 pounds of food to over 11,000 people! We are a client choice pantry, so individuals may shop for what they need, rather than receiving a pre-packed bag.

Recently we have expanded our mission. We come together around food to relieve hunger, improve lives and grow community well-being.

We believe the food we provide is not the end point… it is the entry point. The food we provide can be the entry point to connect a person to relationships and resources. We believe growing, shopping, cooking and sharing food provides a context for connection, health and personal development.

Student Role in Agency: Tasks vary based on need and volunteer interest. Volunteers assist pantry clients with registration, grocery selection, helping shoppers carry bags, preparing and serving a light breakfast, cleaning up -- and anything else we can help with. Hands-on training and assignments given upon arrival.

Commitment/Requirements: Once a week for 2 hours


Contact Us

Marquette University Service Learning
P.O. Box 1881
1102 W. Wisconsin Ave. Room 303
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1881

Phone Number: (414) 288-0250
Fax Number: (414) 288-3259

Meet the Staff