LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The Salvation Army serves an average of 8000 meals every month to those in need.
To give people an idea of just how much food that really is, they're building a mountain of food.
Starting Tuesday, they will be collecting donations of both perishable and non perishable food items.
They hope to collect 10,000 meals with this drive by October 10th. On that day they will collect all of the food and build a mountain in the center of Valley View Mall.
The most helpful items will be the industrial sized items, since they will be prepared as large meals in the shelter.
Development Director at the Salvation Army, Julie Nelson said, "The purpose of our mountain of food is really two fold. One, we do need this food to serve all these people all the time and then two, just to draw awareness to the amount of hunger that actually goes on in La Crosse."
Julie added that things like spices, ketchup, and salad dressings are items that are often overlooked that are very helpful in this type of food drive. If you want to help, you can take donations to the Salvation Army at 223 N. 8th Street in La Crosse.
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