Food Bank of Wyoming serving those in need with pop up pantries

A box of food headed to Cheyenne on Saturday
A box of food headed to Cheyenne on Saturday
Published: Apr. 29, 2021 at 5:02 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A supplemental box of food that the Food Bank of Wyoming will help Wyoming families with a few extra meals. Meals from state-wide pop-up pantries can go to anyone who shows up.

Tony Woodell, the Food Bank of Wyoming Director, said the location for these pantries is based on the people in need study done by Feeding America. “We compare that to where we actually have partners and where we have needs in these communities. Then we make a decision based on how much food we have in house that we can deliver out,” Woodell said.

Their main location is in Evansville where people load up trucks with food and take it across the state. These pantries are set up in areas with people in need. “One of those will be located in Cheyenne this weekend at Element Church,” Woodell said.

They’ve been giving out 1.3 million pounds of food away a month. Woodell said they’ve implemented changes to keep up with everything and to keep everyone safe. “We set up a different model of delivery. Rather than people getting out of their cars and selecting food we’ve prepackaged those items in boxes and we ask them to pull up in their vehicle. We put it in their truck and they drive away. This way, there’s no personal contact,” Woodell said.

Woodell is grateful to be a part of a necessary resource during these difficult times. There will also be a pop-up pantry at Sheridan College May 7 starting at 1 p.m.

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