While the need at local food pantries is constant, the situations of the people coming to them for help is changing.
The director of WAFER food pantry in La Crosse says while the stereotype of people who use food pantries includes homeless individuals or seniors on disability, the pantry is now seeing a lot of the working poor coming in.
She says Wafer is serving about the same amount of meals per month as they did last year. They feed about 5,000 people a month which makes keeping the shelves full a challenge. "We were the recipient of Rotary Lights food from Friday night. We got 4,000 pounds from that that will last us about 3 to 4 days so we go through a lot of food in a short amount of time," said WAFER Director Erin Waldhart.
Waldhart says they go through a total of 80,000 pounds of food every month.