Onalaska builds two free food pantries

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ONALASKA, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – While some schools continue learning virtually, one city is making sure students and the community are still fed. 

Since April, the city of Onalaska has worked with community members to build two little free food pantries outside both its elementary schools in light of the pandemic.

People can drop off or pick up essential items including non-perishable dry goods, food in non-glass containers and personal care items.

Amanda Jackson, Onalaska City Attorney said, “I was brainstorming with Katie Aspenson, our planning manager, about community engagement ideas, and one idea was this little food pantry. A place for people who had the ability to help others could leave food, and people who have food insecurities could go and get food.”

The two pantries were finished and installed at each elementary school in late October,

Donations can be dropped off or picked up at either station 24 hours a day.

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