Food Safety, Food Preservation, and Food Access

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Free Pressure Canner Testing

Have your dial gauge tested for free at the Extension Crawford County Office in Prairie du Chien. Your dial gauge MUST be a Presto Canner gauge in order for us to test it. To receive instructions on where to deliver your dial gauge and lid, you will need to call 608-326-0223, M-F, 8-4:30 pm to schedule drop off.

Although it’s possible same day testing could occur, it should not be expected.  So, be sure to plan ahead for us to best accommodate your need. You will be notified within three business days when your items are ready for pick up.

Food Access Resources


Access is your connection to Health and Nutrition Benefits.
This website is a quick and easy way for people who live in Wisconsin to find out if they might be able to get:
–  Help with buying food
–  Low- or no-cost health care
–  Help with buying prescription drugs
–  Home energy assistance
–  Special tax credits


As of October 15, 2004 the name of the federal Food Stamp Program in Wisconsin has been changed to “FoodShare Wisconsin “. This essential food and nutrition program no longer uses “stamps” to deliver benefits to persons enrolled in the program. The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services hopes that this new name and image will foster an expansion of the program so all eligible children and families receive the food and nutrition assistance they need.


WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) helps families stay healthy by providing: 
•    Nutrition education. 
•    Breastfeeding support. 
•    Healthy foods.
•    Referrals to health services and other resources.

Free and Reduced School Lunch

Free and reduced school meals are offered to qualifying students.

Find out more about how schools qualify students and to see if your child can get free or reduced priced meals!

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