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WAFER puts mobile food truck on trial runs

Drew Kelly

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Group hopes to raise $100,000 to pay for vehicle 

The WAFER Food Pantry in La Crosse is putting its new food delivery truck to the test.

The group used the new mobile office during a one-hour food drop off Wednesday at Good Shepard Church in La Crosse as part of a trial run. Two more dates are scheduled for next Tuesday in Bangor and Rockland.

The idea was introduced a few weeks ago by WAFER, as a way to help those living in rural areas of the county, who are unable to travel to the La Crosse pantry.

To learn about scheduled stops, click here. As of now, the scheduled stops will be from 10-11:30 a.m. Sept. 26 at the Rockland Firehouse and then 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at Dutch Creek Manor in Bangor that same day. 

As for the first stop in the new vehicle. executive director Erin Waldhart admits things weren’t perfect.

“(These are) just kind of trial runs,” she said. “The challenges is getting all the electrical components to work together.”

Waldhart says there is overwhelming excitement for the idea, including those in the community who have given donations to pay for the vehicle’s alteration into a pantry on wheels.

The group is hoping to raise $100,000 for the vehicle, which soon will receive an upgrade aesthetically with the WAFER logo on the side.

On the right side of the website (here) is where you can donate. It looks as though WAFER is nearly halfway there.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.