WAFER food pantry to move into former Gordy’s Market in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — WAFER food pantry in La Crosse will move into the old Gordy’s Market building on La Crosse’s north side, WAFER President Taylor Haley announced today.

The organization closed on the Gordy’s Market Building yesterday, which is almost double the size of the building WAFER currently operates out of. Haley said he hopes this space will create a better shopping experience for customers.

“The flexibility to use the space in a way that would allow us to adapt and change to the needs of the community, to develop new programs if we would choose to do so, and also to be in a place that would be accessible for our entire community,” Executive Director Erin Waldhart said.

Waldhart said this location is special because it is more accessible to the community. The new building, located on the corner of Gillette and George Streets, has three bus routes that stop there.

In its current location on Causeway Boulevard, WAFER is in an industrial part of town.

“We are thrilled to be moving into a community of people,” Haley said.

It has taken WAFER more than ten years to find a building that meets its needs and the needs of the community. Waldhart says moving day can’t come soon enough.

“Emotionally, it’s really surreal. You know?” Waldhart said. “The day is finally here. This is super exciting.”

No timeline is set for the move at this time. In the meantime, WAFER will continue to operate at its current location.

On Monday, Aug. 30, WAFER employees plan to be at the new location from 4 to 6 p.m. to meet with the community members it will serve.

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