Hunger Task Force hosts second free food distribution, organizers concerned about repeal of Gov. Evers’ emergency order

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The Hunger Task Force hosted its second free food distribution event Friday at The Salvation Army Warehouse.

Organizers estimated they would serve around 400 families; an increase from last month.

With Governor Tony Evers’ (D-WI) state of emergency repealed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court Wednesday, the organization expects to see even more people in need in the months ahead.

“If there’s no state of emergency in Wisconsin, the Governor is not going to be able to accept $50-million in food assistance (each month) for the state of Wisconsin. And that is concerning. We’re going to see an increase in people looking to use food pantries to survive,” said Shelly Fortner, HTF Executive Director.

Snap food cards and extra programs like Friday’s free food distribution will be impacted by the state Supreme Court’s decision.