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Seasonal Programs

Current, certified WayForward clients (meaning you have provided the necessary documents and have met with a Case Manager within the past 12 months) are eligible to participate in our seasonal programs. If you are not currently a WayForward client, or if you are not sure if you have completed your recertification, please contact us at 608-836-7338.

Back to School Programs

The Back to School Program provides backpacks and supplies for 4K through high school students and supplies for college students. Registration begins in June. Case Managers will email with instructions about how to sign up to receive backpacks and supplies. If you need supplies during the school year, please contact your child’s school social worker.

Thanksgiving Meals

WayForward’s Food Pantry provides a variety of food for your holiday meal. We offer the opportunity for you to choose what you would like during regular food pantry hours during the week of November 14-18. We offer a range of cultural and dietary options to meet your needs. You do not need to pre-register and the opportunity to get Thanksgiving food is open to all Dane County residents.

Winter Wishes

Winter Wishes is a holiday gift card program. Each registered member of your household receives one $30 gift card from Target, Amazon, Walmart, T.J. Maxx or Metro Market. People from our community purchase the gift cards which you then pick up at our offices. Case Managers will email with instructions for how to sign up for this program. Winter Wishes has ended for 2023.

Service Area

WayForward’s Back to School and Winter Wishes programs serve all of the Middleton Cross Plains School District and part of the west side of Madison (west of Midvale Blvd, and inside the beltline loop). The interactive map below shows our service area. Please call us at 608-836-7338 to ask about a specific address.

WayForward Resources Service Area

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