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Gov. Walker's proposed welfare changes have many concerned, including those at La Crosse's food pantry

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Proposed changes to welfare, particularly Wisconsin's FoodShare program have some concerned.

One of them is Erin Waldhart, executive director of WAFER Food Pantry.

"Last month was our highest service month in three years," she said. "It makes me wonder what kind of effect these proposals would have on the people that we serve and the people that aren't even coming in."

Changes include recipients having to work 30 hours per week, as well as making those with school-aged kids adhere to the rules.

"When you don't have access to the right kind of food, you're now at a disadvantage," she said.

The changes will also have a big impact on senior citizens.

"Time after time what I hear from them is, "I only get $12-13 per month" to spend on their groceries," Waldhart said. "Our seniors are on a fixed income. Many of them struggle with other health problems, medications they need."

Republicans, who have introduced the plans, say it helps cut back on waste and fraud.

Waldhart says it will be a challenge for her clients, many of whom have to take the bus to the pantry and work.

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