Dairyland Power donates to Hunger Task Force of La Crosse

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Dairyland Power Cooperative has donated $11,000 to Hunger Task Force of La Crosse as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts people’s ability to put food on the table, it announced Monday.

“The need for community resources to address food insecurity is great,” said Brent Ridge, Dairyland President & CEO. “The pandemic has increased financial strain on many of our neighbors and they need support more than ever. As a cooperative serving local communities, we are pleased to collaborate with the Hunger Task Force to aid the vital work they do.”

The regional food bank serves eight counties — including La Crosse, Vernon, Trempealeau, Crawford and Monroe in Wisconsin; Winona and Houston counties in Minnesota and Allamakee County in Iowa. It is headquartered in La Crosse.

“We’re extremely grateful to Dairyland for their support, especially now,” said Shelly Fortner, Hunger Task Force Executive Director. “With some pantries seeing nearly double their numbers, we need to be prepared to meet their needs. It takes nearly $20,000 to keep our pick-up and delivery vehicles on the road and $15,000 in utilities to keep food safe in our cooler and freezers. This funding will help us with those expenses and to purchase the food needed to reach our struggling neighbors. What a truly special gift as we go into the holiday season!”