Personal Essentials Pantry 
Helping with the essentials of personal and household hygiene,
showing God's grace and love through these tangible gifts.
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About the PEPartnership

Beginning in September 2010, under one-year funding from the Madison Community Foundation, the Personal Essentials Pantry and other area agencies have begun the PEPartnership. The PEPartnership understands how important personal and household hygiene products are, and is working to make these products more visible as necessities to the community at large and to policy makers, and to improve their availability to people in need. We’re particularly interested in making these products available on a more reliable basis so that that people in poverty can better plan their budget and expenditures to make best use of the resources they have available.

All of the PEPartnership agencies provide products for personal and household hygiene. Guests invited to use any of the PEPartnership agencies (though guests should check each agency’s website for full eligibility requirements, if any).

Products are distributed based on household composition and product lifespan across all PEPartnership agencies; see  Product Definitions & Rules for more detailed information.

Each time a guest shops at a PEPartnership agency, they receive a shopping list of all available products that they are eligible to request at that visit. That means that guests can shop at any or all of the PEPartnership agencies to get the products they need, without having to answer a series of questions each time -- but it also ensures that no agency is double-filling a need.

Over time, we hope to have PEPartnership agencies across Madison and into greater Dane County, and greatly expanded products available at all PEPartnership agencies.

Information on using the PEPartnership can be found in the guest brochure, in English or in Spanish

If you'd like to become a sponsor of the PEPartnership, please download the Sponsor brochure; sponsor donations are shared proportionately across all agencies in the PEPartnership. 

Current PEPartnership agencies include:

Personal Essentials Pantry

  • 2165 Linden Avenue, Madison
    two blocks off #3 busline (Thur) or #7 busline (Sun)
    6 blocks off #4 busline (Thur, Sun)
    Sundays 11:30-2:00
       Note: registration numbers are not available until 11:00 am
    Thursdays 11:30-6:00
       Note: church doors do not open until 11:00 am
    Open to all in need
    Personal and household hygiene products only
    (includes diapers, pull-ups)

Catholic Multicultural Center

  • 1862 Beld Street, Madison
    two blocks off #5 bus route
    Tuesdays 2:30 – 4:00pm
    Open to all Dane County residents
    Full food pantry available at same time.

Personal Essentials Pantry Stoughton

  • Watershed: A Community Church
    129 E. Main Street
    Stoughton, WI 53589
    1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, 2:00-6:00 pm
    Open to all in need
    Personal and household hygiene products only
    (includes diapers, pull-ups)

Salvation Army Personal Essentials Pantry

  • 3030 Darbo Drive
    Madison, WI  53714
    Mondays & Wednesdays 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00 to 3:00 pm
    Fridays 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Every third Saturday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Focuses on diapers, feminine hygiene, toilet paper; some other products
    Open to all in need
    Food pantry (food pantry visits limited to one time per month)

Other Pantries across the U.S.

While we hope to expand the PEParternship itself to include more Madison agencies, we also want to share information about other pantries across the United States who are focused on the area of personal and household hygiene. 

As of late March, 2011, these are the areas that we're aware of. They are listed here in order by date of establishment.  If you know of others, please contact the Pantry Coordinator so that we can get them listed.

As this network grows, we'll look at moving this section to its own page, with further information and resources.