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Wyoming Food for Thought to open a new community center

Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 5:51 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - North Casper Elementary School is about to open the doors again, but this time, not for class. Wyoming Food for Thought has purchased the building to provide a bigger and better space for the community.

The building will house every program that Food for Thought offers. It will feature a community garden, grocery store, coffee shop, and the food bags.

“Our goal has always been to put ourselves out of business in that at some point in the future...hunger won’t exist. Which is a great thing to work for,” said Jamie Purcell, the executive director of Wyoming Food for Thought.

Since the building is a former school, there are already designate community spots inside like a gymnasium. Food for Thought hopes to open this space up to groups in the community that may need it.

“We really want to meet this community in North Casper where they are. Instead of coming with the top-down approach really listen to our neighbors and help create things within our mission that really serve them,” said Purcell.

As Food for Thought works on this transition process, they hope community members will get involved. They want to beautify the building and give it a true urban food center look, with murals and more.

“Food for Thought has always been community driven and fortunate that people in the community have gifts that they want to share. With this facility it will just give us an opportunity to connect to even more people who have those gifts and want to give back to the community,” said Purcell.

Purcell hopes that the building will be partially finished by December so they can start operations there.

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