LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation is hoping to combat chronic hunger in La Crosse County with an incentive for local agencies to work together.
The La Crosse-based charity announced a $100,000 Coulee Collaboration award called Food for All Friday.
The check will go toward a cooperative effort between organizations that help feed the Coulee Region community.
Representatives from the Franke Foundation said the project should help with the purchasing, cooking and distribution of healthier food for people in need.
"We believe that free food should be available for people in need who can't afford it or don't have access to it, but we also think there are some lifestyle issues involved. We're hoping through this project, a lot of the organizations can come together collaboratively," said Mel Hoffman, executive director of the Franke Foundation.
All organizations are eligible to participate in the project, but only a 501(c)(3) can apply for the grant.
The money must be used to help the Coulee Region.
"Giving canned food and dry food and things like that really needs to be replaced, to a large extent, by gifts of money which goes so much further, five to 20 times further than simple gifts of food," Hoffman said.
Letters of intent are due in March.
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