WAFER one step closer to mobile food pantry, looking for donations

WAFER looking for funding for mobile...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A local food pantry is getting closer to taking their help on the road.

WAFER announced plans late last year to buy and retro-fit a truck to act as a mobile food pantry.

After months of planning, the organization now has the vehicle that will be converted into the mobile pantry, but is still working on the funding to add things like shelves, coolers and freezers.

Once the mobile pantry is done, Executive Director Erin Waldhart says they'll be able to reach those in need who don't have a way to easily get to the brick-and-mortar pantry in La Crosse.

"For people that live in Bangor or Holmen, having access to public transportation isn't an option for them," said Waldhart. "So by taking these services to them, we're eliminating those barriers that prevent them from accessing food resources."

WAFER is looking to raise $100,000 to retrofit the mobile pantry vehicle. So far, they've raised $40,000 and are hoping for another $40,000 from the community, with a pair of donors already promising to give $2 for every dollar that's donated.

The La Crosse Community Foundation is also contributing about $25,000 between four different funds.

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