In 2013, a report by the La Crosse County Health Department showed that the number of people in our area that do not have consistent access to safe, nutritious food is growing.
Additionally, a report released by the WIC (Wisconsin Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program), showed that between 2002 and 2012, the percentage of WIC program recipients dealing with food insecurity issues rose from 48 to 53 percent in La Crosse County.
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.