For the past decade, WAFER Food Pantry’s Board of Directors has searched for a new facility to relocate operations. There are several significant factors that necessitated relocation, the most important of which is that we have physically outgrown the current facility and the ability to carry out the mission effectively.
In response to community needs, several programs were added in the last 10 years; food package delivery to seniors, weekend backpacks to food insecure children in Bangor, Nutrition Education, and Mobile Food Pantry distribution. Each program is extremely important for underserved populations, yet require dedicated facility space.
Our too tight facility prohibits capitalizing on all food donation opportunities. A larger facility will provide opportunities to recover more healthy foods and create an environment where patrons feel cared for in a space that provides a dignified shopping experience. Sometimes the hardest thing is just getting people to walk through our doors. A welcoming space will go far in reaching people.
The facility on Causeway Boulevard is the lowest point in La Crosse. Heavy rains, a high river level, and spring melt-off all contribute to flooding risks.
After a lengthy search for a new facility the Board of Directors purchased the former Gordy’s Market, on the corner of George and Gillette streets in La Crosse, on August 26th, 2021. This news was announced to the community on August 27th, 2021. You can view a brief news segment here or a brief snippet of the actual community announcement here.
**Please check back frequently for updates throughout the renovation and relocation process. We are excited to share this next step in WAFER’s history with you and look forward to the future of continued service to the community.
October 18th, 2021
The work is beginning today!