LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Focusing on school work can be difficult for kids who don’t get enough to eat. Educators say it’s hard to teach kids, who only have food on their minds, because they’re hungry. That’s where the WAFER Food Pantry in La Crosse is helping out.
“Bangor has limited resources. It’s a lot different than La Crosse or Onalaska as far as what the kids have access to after school and on weekends,” said WAFER Food Pantry executive director Erin Waldhart.
Waldhart said they want to give students every chance they can to do their best in school. She also said the program will allow students to get the nourishment they need for good growth and development.
“When you’re hungry, it hurts, right, and it’s hard to concentrate on anything other than just fulfilling that need,” said Waldhart.
Before the weekend, students in the program are sent home with a box that includes items such as cereal, apple sauce and raisins. Bangor superintendent Dave Laehn said it’s hard for students to focus when they don’t have the food they need.
“It makes is doubly difficult to concentrate and take care of the schoolwork if they’re hungry, and not being fed,” said Laehn.
Laehn said the district will send letters home with students on Friday about the program. Parents can return the letter to school if they want their kids to participate.
The program depends on donations. If you’d like to help, you can drop donations off at wafer food pantry at 403 Causeway Boulevard in La Crosse.