Food for People in Need


WAFER Food Pantry has remained open and committed to serving the community through the pandemic.    Please check back frequently for updates.

OFFERING 2 COMPLETE FOOD PACKAGES MONTHLY THROUGH APRIL- Patrons with up-to-date accounts may receive 2 complete food packages through June 2022 at which point the situation will be re-evaluated.  Please check back frequently.   Partial packages (dairy, bread, and produce) are still available as well.

NEW INCOME GUIDELINES – effective June 1, 2020.  The threshold to receive food has drastically changed and more people than ever are now eligible for assistance.  Find new income guidelines here.

DONATIONS would be greatly appreciated.  Monetary donations will be used to purchase items in short supply.  Food donations are accepted at the garage door on Sumner St and will be quarantined for 4 days according to new food pantry guidelines.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION continues to be delivered via curbside registration and grocery pickup on Sumner St.  Please enter the WAFER parking lot nearest to Kwik Trip (see map below), continue around the rear of the building, and pull up to the bump-out structure.  You will be greeted by staff for registration and can then pull ahead to retrieve your food package from the conveyor system.  We will return to in pantry service when the state provides guidance to do so.  Patrons using the main pantry location or the Mobile Food Pantry should continue to practice safe distancing. Be sure to bring photo ID.

FOOD FAIR distribution will resume on September 25th and the procedures are as follows:
The one Saturday per month extra food package distribution will continue as scheduled from 10-12 at the La Crosse location and 10-11 in West Salem.  To comply with COVID-19 government orders, a drive thru process will be implemented to prevent people from standing in lines.  Minimal walk up services will be provided.  Vehicles should line up beginning at Causeway Blvd and Sumner St. facing west toward Copeland Ave..  The line should back up east down Causeway Blvd toward the river then on Milwaukee St. (See map below)  Turning on to Car St initially may be the easiest.  Tickets issued prior to close the Friday before the event will be collected by WAFER staff prior to receiving a food package. There is no change in procedure for West Salem.  You can find the event dates on the Calendar tab.