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WAFER starts fundraising effort to finish new north side La Crosse pantry

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FILE - WAFER renovations on the old Gordy's building back on Aug. 25, 2022. (PHOTO: Rick Solem)

La Crosse’s WAFER food pantry has launched a fundraising campaign aimed at completing the new facility and headquarters it will occupy on George Street.

Renovations are continuing at the former Gordy’s supermarket. WAFER executive director Erin Waldhart said crews are improving parts of the building that were in poor shape.

The “Build Capacity, Hope and Dignity” campaign goal is roughly $3.6 million.

Waldhart said WAFER wants to provide a good shopping experience for clients — better than what’s available at the current causeway location.

“We just want to provide an atmosphere that is welcoming, and is more like a grocery store shopping experience,” she said. “The people that we serve really do deserve dignity in their shopping style that way.”

WAFER provided enough food for 1.5 million meals for area residents last year, Waldhart said.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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