More than 40 percent of the 46,846 households in La Crosse County are teetering on the edge of financial insecurity, and 11 percent live in poverty, according to a new study from United Way of Wisconsin.
The situation is worse within the city of La Crosse, where 54 percent are pushed to the brink, according to figures released today, computed on the basis of United Way’s ALICE initiative. ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
The ALICE threshold chronicles people whose income is above the federal poverty level but still struggle to afford basic needs such as health care, transportation and food.
The good news is that we are here to help. A United Way Agency, The Hunger Task Force takes on food insecurity in the La Crosse area by providing over a million pounds of donated food to our network of food pantries, meal sites, and youth programs.
For more information on food insecurity in Wisconsin and La Crosse County, check out publications from WXOW.com (News Reports Show that Food Insecurity is on the Rise), WKBT’s News8000.com (Food Insecurity Rising in La Crosse County), or the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (Food Insecurity in the Wisconsin WIC Population).
DID YOU KNOW?
49 Million Americans struggle with food insecurity!
1 in 3 people in the Great Rivers Region are considered poor or near poor. (COMPASS Report)
49.2% of the students in the school district of La Crosse receive free or reduced meals.
8 schools in the La Crosse school district operate food pantries for their students.
Over 81% of local food pantry users earn less than $1000 per month.
91% of those enrolled in W-2 and working use food pantries to get food when they do not have enough to eat.