The Hunger Task Force (HTF) of La Crosse has wrapped up its inaugural “virtual” campaign, a ground-breaking effort to combat food scarcity over the Christmas season. The nonprofit organization urgently appeals for last-minute food and cash gifts as the year ends.

The Hunger Task Force’s executive director, Shelly Fortner, recently used the La Crosse Talk segment on WIZM to discuss the campaign’s continued success. Fortner stressed the necessity of necessities that can contribute to a full supper while expressing the gravity of the issue. Products that were especially listed as essentials that may make a big difference for families experiencing food shortages were spaghetti, pasta sauce, and canned tuna.

The initiative’s online component, housed on the Hunger Task Force website, offers a convenient means for individuals to make contributions easily. The website allows users to give money to specific food categories, such as pasta dinners, cereal, or canned fruit. A $25 payment, for example, might buy 24 tuna cans, whereas a $250 donation could buy 110 jars of peanut butter. This adaptability enables contributors to customize their gifts to the particular requirements of the campaign.

From the neighborhood and beyond, the Virtual Food Drive has received support since it began on November 1. A concentrated effort is made to optimize donations in the final days as the program draws to a close on New Year’s Eve. Because the campaign is longer, those who have yet to have the chance to engage earlier still have the opportunity to have an influence.

Fortner emphasized the value of each gift, stressing that these contributions are essential to helping families during the holidays. The campaign’s transparency is demonstrated on the organization’s website, which provides a detailed explanation of the impact of the financial contributions while highlighting the observable results of each gift.

Being the only food bank in the area between Madison and Rochester is what makes the Hunger Task Force special. The group is essential to distributing commodities to 120 meal locations, food pantries, youth programs, and backpack projects in the area. The HTF’s extensive support network and broad geographic reach underscore its significance in tackling food insecurity in the local community.

The pitch to the community is hitting home as the campaign moves into its last stretch. Shelly Fortner invites everyone to visit the Hunger Task Force website to contribute to a worthwhile project for a good cause. The virtual food drive’s success highlights the ability of community-driven efforts to bring about positive change and signify individuals’ kindness.

The virtual food drive organized by the Hunger Task Force of La Crosse is evidence of the kindness and resiliency of the local population. The combined efforts to fight food insecurity during the holidays as the campaign ends will have a lasting effect on those less fortunate.