(Press release) –

A Message from Shelly Fortner, Executive Director

The Hunger Task Force is a critical part of the public health continuum and is committed to serving low-income families who need food and resources.  We are La Crosse’s only FREE and LOCAL food bank, providing free food to118 food pantries, meal sites and youth programs; 91 in La Crosse County alone. 

The Hunger Task Force and the programs we serve play a vital role right now in providing food to those who are struggling as the number of food insecure people continues to increase.  Many of the clients served by our partner programs already live paycheck to paycheck and we are seeing more area residents lose their income entirely because of the COVID-19 related lay-offs and job uncertainties.

Currently, $3 Billion has been offered from USDA to purchase fresh produce, meat , and dairy products.  As part of the Hunger Relief Federation of Wisconsin, The Hunger Task Force is receiving supplemental food items from the Dairy Recovery Program and the CFAP (Coronovirus Food Assistance Program)  The products will be boxed and distributed through Federation partners like us throughout the state to help Wisconsin families. 

In keeping with the La Crosse County recommendations for social distancing, The Hunger Task Force will hold a public drive-through distribution of these boxes at their warehouse at 1240 Clinton St. from 4-6pm (or until gone) every Friday through the end of June.