LA CROSSE, Wis (WXOW) – Western Technical College sponsored a food drive today with a bit of an Oktoberfest twist.
The food drive will ultimately benefit iFeed, an event that happens in November. Area students collect food donations for local pantries and pack over 75,000 dried meals for a third world country.
Those that donated today received a discounted Oktoberfest themed brat lunch. All donations received during the drive are directly given to the Hunger Task Force, which collects food items leading up to the November event.
Director of Equality and Inclusion and Community Engagement, Kari Reyburn, helped put on today’s drive. “We know that this is prevalent in La Crosse, but it’s also a worldwide issue. Hunger is a basic need that everybody has,” said Reyburn.
The Hunger task Force also provides food for Western’s food pantry for students. Western officials say that it is important to keep in mind that hunger is within the college community as well, so in a way, today’s drive helps hungry students on campus.
Food drive participants say that iFeed is the largest food drive in the area. Today’s drive helped contribute over 700 items to iFeed.