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Community Food Drive

Sponsored by Great Rivers United Way-Rotary Lights

The UWL and La Crosse communities are encouraged to give back by bringing nonperishable food items to the Student Union beginning Monday, Nov. 28.

The Information Desk, located on the first floor of the Union, will serve as UWL’s collection site for the inaugural Great Rivers United Way and Rotary Lights Community Food Drive. Items will be accepted through Wednesday, Dec. 21.

During previous food drives, donations could only be made at Riverside Park during Rotary Lights. By establishing collection sites around the community, including at UWL, organizers hope to significantly increase the amount of food donated

All food collected between Nov. 28 and Dec. 21 will be distributed among:

  • Caledonia Food Shelf
  • Cashton Cupboard
  • Coulee Cap
  • Holmen St. Elizabeth
  • Hunger Task Force
  • La Crescent Food Basket
  • Onalaska Food Basket
  • Place of Grace
  • Salvation Army
  • UWL Food Pantry

During the 27-year history of Rotary Lights, the community has donated more than 4.8 million food items. Organizers hope to eclipse 5 million items this holiday season.

Related campus initiatives

Community service / volunteering Greater La Crosse community


  • Monday, Nov. 28 to Wednesday, Dec. 21


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For questions about this event or to request disability accommodations , contact Lisa Klein at 608.785.8153 or


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