Local food pantries to remain open with new procedures

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)– To help area families during the pandemic, WAFER Food Pantry will now provide pre-packed boxes of non-perishable and perishable food. It will also be altering its processes to keep the community safe and ensure ongoing access to food.

The nonprofit said clients will be greeted at the door to collect some information before receiving a food package. It will include dry goods, dairy, produce, bakery items and meat. Carts will be available for clients to transport packages to their vehicles and will be expected to be returned after use.

New clients will be able to apply in person at the door and receive a food package the same day. People should bring their photo ID and a personal cart to transport food.

To ensure safety, staff and volunteers will be taking extra sanitization precautions while packaging food and working with clients.

All existing and new clients can drop by during normal distribution hours.

These measures will take place until a further update is warranted. Any updates will be posted on its website.

The Food Basket, near the American legion in Onalaska, plans to continue to serve area residents during normal business hours as well. Clients can receive a pre-packed food package at the East entrance to the building.

The food package will include fresh produce, dairy, meat, canned and packaged food items as well as personal care items. To help protect the health of volunteers and clients, building access will be limited to volunteers.

For questions email the Food Basket Director at foodbasketdirector@gmail.com or call 608-783-7722 .

The Food Basket serves people in need from Onalaska, Holmen, French Island, West Salem, Galesville and Trempealeau.