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A community effort

Posted 11:23 a.m. Friday, Nov. 25, 2022

The UWL Student Union has been selected as a drop-off location for the inaugural Great Rivers United Way and Rotary Lights Community Food Drive.

UWL to accept items for Great Rivers United Way-Rotary Lights food drive

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. 

“This is a great way for us to give back and support families all over La Crosse and the Coulee Region,” says Lisa Klein, UWL’s Community Engagement coordinator. “Throughout the year, we are often reminded of the wonderful generosity of our campus community. That is especially true during the holidays, when giving back can mean so much more.” 

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 Campus Food Pantry
  • WAFER 

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. 


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