Badger Boxes have arrived in Wisconsin and are being distributed monthly from June through December through the Hunger Task Force in La Crosse, a member of the Hunger Relief Federation of Wisconsin. The boxes are paid for with a $15 million grant from the American Rescue Plan Act through the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.

These boxes are filled exclusively with dairy products, cheeses, meats, fruits and grains purchased from Wisconsin farmers and food producers. Badger boxes will ensure families have access to healthy food while supporting Wisconsin agriculture during difficult times.

The Hunger Task Force will hold a one-time distribution on Wednesday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at its headquarters at 1240 Clinton St., La Crosse. Individuals must be low income, live in the Wisconsin counties of La Crosse, Vernon, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Crawford, and bring valid ID. (July-December distributions will take place at food pantries in each of these counties.)

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The Hunger Relief Federation has members representing all 72 Wisconsin counties and 10 tribal nations.

“This is our opportunity to be a valuable player in the effort to build a stronger, hunger-free Wisconsin,” said Shelly Fortner, executive director of The Hunger Task Force. “Our food distributions have helped hundreds of families who have struggled throughout the pandemic and beyond. Without the help of superior relationships and generous businesses in our region, we would not be able to be a safety net for families who need our food services.We are sincerely grateful to be able to act as the Western Wisconsin hub for the Hunger Relief Federation of Wisconsin.

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