An area non-profit is cutting the cheese, literally, to help area families in need.
La Crosse's Hunger Task Force was given more than 8,000 lbs. of cheese by Dairy Pricing Association in Taylor Wisconsin. There was one problem with donation, the cheese came in 40lb blocks of cheese., making distribution almost impossible. To make it easier, volunteers are helping the task force portion the blocks into a more manageable size. Volunteers had the chance to cut the cheese a couple of different times Tuesday.
The head Chef from Savory Creations in La Crosse helped them slice the blocks at two separate cheese cutting sessions.
"We came up with a cool system of splitting them into essentially quarters, and then roll cutting them with pizza cutters and then breaking them down into one pound boxes," said Head Chef, Shawn McManus.
While this is a fun event for the community to get it involved with, families that don't have the money to buy nutritious food is no laughing matter. Meal sites and food pantries want to give families the healthiest options, but a lot of times those items aren't donated on a regular basis.
"This is going to go such a long way. One of the things that is really healthy for people is cheese and a lot of food pantries and meal sites don't get this donated on a regular basis. So, this is going to go out to thousands of families, that's just how much cheese we have, " said Executive Director for the Hunger Task Force, Shelly Fortner.
The cheese will be given to food pantries and meal sites throughout the area.