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Food Pantry Donation

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Another donation will help feed struggling families in the La Crosse area during this pandemic.

The WAFER Food Pantry announced it's received a $30,000 grant from the Warren and Denise Loveland Family Fund at the La Crosse Community Foundation.

WAFER Executive Director Erin Waldhart says the grant will provide 120,000 meals to households in need. Before the pandemic, WAFER was providing for 1,500 families monthly with food packages.

"We feel fortunate to be able to support a local nonprofit in our community working to ensure people don't have to go hungry during this challenging time," says Warren Loveland, fund advisor of the Warren and Denise Loveland Family Fund at La Crosse Community Foundation. "La Crosse is so fortunate to have a food pantry like WAFER to help our community build safety nets for our most vulnerable households."

WAFER is La Crosse County's largest food pantry, serving the greater La Crosse area including households in Bangor, Rockland, Holmen, Onalaska, Mindoro and West Salem.

Scott Hackworth

Scott Hackworth co-anchors the News 19 Six and Ten PM reports. He came to News 19 in 1991.

Scott grew up in Oklahoma and upstate New York. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, he started his broadcasting career as an Associate Producer at KJRH Television in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He went on to become the Weekend Anchor at KSNF Television in Joplin Missouri and from there to a Morning and Noon show anchor position at KCRG Television in Cedar Rapids Iowa.

Scott has been honored by the Associated Press of Wisconsin for Best Series Reporting and was part of the team that put together our September 11th, 2001 coverage that won the Wisconsin Associated Press award for Best Newscast. He has also hosted News 19 Town Hall Meetings that have been honored in a variety of categories.

Scott is an avid reader and loves politics, current events and sports. He is also believed to be the only Oklahoma State University or New York Mets fan in all of Wisconsin.

Scott and his wife Gina live in Onalaska and are occasionally (but not often enough) visited by their two grown sons.

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