The Hunger Task Force's Seeds of Hope to help people in need

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Hunger Task Force in La Crosse wants to make sure people in need don’t go without fresh produce.

The Hunger Task Force executive director Shelly Fortner said that’s why the organization is partnering with Festival Foods for Seeds of Hope.

“We can grow that produce and give back to the community, so along with your help it’s people helping people,” said Fortner.

The proceeds from Seeds of Hope will benefit the Kane Street Community Garden in La Crosse, which is run by the Hunger Task Force.

The money will be used to buy supplies for the garden, such as seeds, bedding plants and fertilizer.

“Over 90% of recipients that come to the garden are low income individuals, and so they are there to help us plant and tend and harvest, but yet they’re the recipients that are able to take that produce home,” said Fortner.

Last year nearly 28,000 pounds of produce were harvested from the garden.

You can make donations for Seeds of Hope at the registers at Festival Foods in La Crosse, Onalaska and Holmen.

Onalaska Festival Foods store director Keith Buswell said Seeds of Hope is an easy way to give back.

“It’s awesome. It really gives us a good feeling that we’re helping any way we can,” said Buswell.

Seeds of Hope runs until April 27.

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