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.