LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW)- Food pantry shelves in La Crosse are receiving some help from Wettsteins. The TV and appliance store is donating a truckload of food to the Salvation Army and to WAFER (the largest food pantry serving in the La Crosse area).
Wettsteins encouraged both customers and employees to contribute to the food drive. Donations started at the beginning of April and the deadline was extended until mid May. Wettsteins's collected 2,143 lbs of food and $504 dollars in donations.
Donations contributed during Christmas time have been distributed to people in need and supplies are low. The Salvation Army will use the donated supplies to feed people who come both to their food pantry and their meal program. The food pantry provides groceries to an average of 147 households each month, while the meal program serves an average of 7,600 meals each month.
Julie Nelson, public relations and development director of the Salvation Army, says that "It shows that we live in a great community that so many people are willing to step up and help other people. They recognize that there is a need in this community, that people are going hungry and it's just so great to live in a community where so many people are empathetic and that they recognize that there is hunger in La Crosse and a small thing will help to reach out to other people."
This is the 3rd annual food drive hosted by Wettsteins. A turkey promotion will be held at the beginning of October.
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