Canadian Pacific Holiday Train rolls up to western Wisconsin this weekend

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The 20th annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will roll through western Wisconsin this weekend.

Known as 'North America's largest rolling food bank', the decorated train is more than just a well-lit display.

Admission is free for the 45 minute stop at each location, but non-perishable food donations are encouraged.

Since 1999, the train has raised more than 4 million pounds of food for food banks across North America.

At the La Crosse stop, donations will go to the Hunger Task Force.

"We're serving so many different food pantries and meal sites and all of them are saying that their clients are increasing during these winter months and it's easy to see. You're struggling with making the decision to pay your heating bill, Christmas is right around the corner. Families that are struggling with those kinds of things are also going to be struggling with food," said Hunger Task Force Executive Director Shelly Fortner.

The Holiday Train will stop in Tomah, Sparta and La Crosse Saturday, Dec. 8.

Hot Chocolate and treats will also be served at the La Crosse stop.