One of the biggest food drives outside of Rotary Lights is happening this weekend.
Saturday, the 26th Annual Letter Carriers' Food Drive will benefit a number of area organizations including the Hunger Task Force, WAFER Food Pantry, New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Center. Residents should have received a blue bag to fill with non-perishable items. You can leave those to picked up with your mail.
"This helps us bulk up before the summer months when schools are out" WAFER's Executive Director Erin Waldhart. "Kids are home and parents have more mouths to feed and more meals to provide each day."
"It's a true community effort and that's exactly what's needed,"Hunger Task Force Executive Director Shelly Fortner said. "If we're taking care of our own, we're going to be okay."
The Letter Carriers Food Drive plays a big role following the food donated over the holidays. Typically those supplies last longer but higher need lower donations overall depleted some resources early.
"In La Crosse, we have a very large problem with people that don't make enough money to support their families and they really need the food," Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Tyler Hubbs said.
"It means a lot to them and it puts food in the kids bellies," New Horizons Volunteer Coordinator Maddie Smith said. "It's super meaningful to us."
Donations will be picked up starting at 9 am Saturday May 12, or donations can be brought to the La Crosse Post Office.