LA CROSSE, WI -

National Weather Service offices nationwide and in La Crosse are working to play a bigger role in the community.

More than 120 weather services are taking part in the effort.

The idea is for stations to have more of a presence in the community.

The La Crosse weather service office is working to meet the goal by holding a food drive and donation drop off for school supplies.

Weather service staff said their job includes more than just tracking the weather.

"We are part of of the community. We like to give back to the community. Our last name is service, weather service. We like to help those in the community. We are part of it. We know there are needs in the community and we try to help those," said National Weather Service forecaster Jeff Boyne.

La Crosse's weather service will be volunteering at Wafer every Thursday.

The food drive ends October 5th.