WAFER Food Pantry will remain open and committed to serving the community through the Coronavirus Pandemic.
We are happy to continue serving the needs of our community at this time and ask you to check our website frequently for more information and updates. We are anticipating an increase in need and would greatly appreciate any food or monetary donations. Monetary donations will be used to purchase items in short supply. Food donations will be accepted at the garage door on Sumner St and will be quarantined for 4 days according to new food pantry guidelines. Any donations would be greatly appreciated due to notification on Monday, March 30th that the largest one day food drive conducted in May by postal workers has been postponed.
WAFER will be altering processes to keep our community safe and ensure access to food. We are here for all families in need during this time and will continue to provide the necessary resources to our community. WAFER food pantry will now be providing pre-packaged boxes of non-perishable and perishable food for all existing or new clients during normal distribution hours.
The new procedure begins immediately and will continue until further notice at WAFER Food Pantry and applies to services provided on the Mobile Food Pantry as well. New procedures are as follows:
Clients will wait in a line with designated distancing spaces at the main pantry location. People using the Mobile Food Pantry should individually implement the 6ft distancing requirement.
Clients will then be greeted by a volunteer at the door to gather information – account holder name and family size – then receive a food package. These packages will include a box of dry goods and a box/bag of dairy, produce, bakery, and meat. Carts will be available for clients to transport packages to their vehicle 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.
Things to Bring:
* Photo ID
* Personal carts to transport food
To ensure the safety and handling of food, WAFER staff and volunteers will also be taking extra sanitation efforts while packaging food, working with patrons, and within the building. These measures and procedures will be taking place until further notice. Any updates will be posted on the website.
From our friends and partner at The Food Basket:
The Food Basket, located by the American Legion in Onalaska, plans to continue serving clients in need from Onalaska, Holmen, French Island, West Salem, Galesville and Trempealeau during normal business hours. Clients will 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608-783-7722 .