Drive-thru food distribution program helps families in need access fresh foods

LA CROSSE. Wis. (WKBT) – A weekly event is helping people in the area access to fresh foods.

The Hunger Task Force of La Crosse is hosting drive-thru distributions of fresh produce, meat, and dairy products every Friday through the end of June.

It’s made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which spent $3 billion to buy these products as part of the Dairy Recovery Program and the Coronovirus Food Assistance Program.

Anyone in need can drive up to get a box of food.

Shelly Fortner, the Executive Director of the Hunger Task Force, says don’t let any stigmas keep you from stopping by because these are hard times for everyone.

“Things have certainly changed for the world in the last several months so all were trying to do now is to make sure people are being fed, if that’s the least of our problems we’re going to take care of that.”

She says she’s seen an average of 250 families stop by to pick up boxes.

The distribution takes place at the Task Force’s warehouse, 1240 Clinton Street, from 4 pm to 6 pm, or until food runs out, every Friday until the end of June.