Ideas to help

Donate Food

Bring food donations to WAFER during business hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 12:45 pm and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 4:00 pm to 7:45 pm. We will issue you a receipt upon request.

ISG and 201 main st christmas can display holiday tag“Last year ISG created a can sculpture tree for the holidays donating the non-perishable items to WAFER at the end of the Christmas Season. This year we attempted to engage the entire 201 Main Street building to participate. Although we did not receive 100% participation we did receive contributions from 5 other businesses. And we were able to create a fun display to be viewed by many from the community for the upcoming month. “

ISG and 201 main st christmas can displayLast year our sculpture was made up of roughly 400 can goods, this year we used 112 Campbell Soup Cans, 144 assorted tomato cans, 486 canned vegetables and 76 boxed goods resulting in a bigger impact to WAFER food shelf and the La Crosse Community.”

Thank you for your support I&S Group!



You can find food package contents and a donation wishlist here.  Themed giving can be a fun way to get groups involved in a food drive.  Some ideas are:

  • Souper Sundays – soups of all kinds, especially chicken noodle, cream of mushroom, and cream of chicken and crackers!
  • Breakfast Bonanzabox or bag cereal, granola bars, fruit bars, cereal bars, oatmeal, quick oats, pancake mix and syrup, instant oatmeal.
  • Pasta Party –  pasta, spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese, packaged noodle side dishes.
  • Cinco De Mayo – taco shells (hard and soft), taco mixes, taco sauce, salsa, beans, you get the idea.

Hold a fundraiser

WAFER welcomes the opportunity to partner with individuals, businesses and civic groups in the fight against hunger. WAFER reserves the right to decline partnership opportunities that don’t reflect our core values and could be perceived in poor taste.  Please contact our Executive Director, Erin Waldhart, to discuss partnering with WAFER and to request the logo for promotional materials.

Food Rescue

We work with a number of area businesses to receive leftover food that we can make available for our clients. We can also accept leftover food from special events.  Food is accepted during regular business hours. Your food donation is tax deductible and receipts will be issued upon request.

WAFER can not accept perishable foods. Food must be in sealed packages whenever possible.

Please contact WAFER to make arrangements to donate food from your restaurant, business, or special event.

Garden Produce

WAFER welcomes donations of fresh produce from home gardens if you have too much after harvest or would just like to share your bounty.   WAFER also encourages local gardeners to plant an extra row of crops to donate for our hungry neighbors in need.  All types of garden produce are appreciated.  Your donation is tax deductible and receipts will be issued upon request.