St. Joseph’s Food Pantry provides Thanksgiving meals for hundreds in need

Volunteers load food into a car Monday morning at St. Joseph's Food Pantry.
Volunteers load food into a car Monday morning at St. Joseph's Food Pantry.(Will Thomas)
Published: Nov. 23, 2020 at 2:28 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - It was a busy Monday at St. Joseph’s Food Pantry. 50 volunteers handed out 550 Thanksgiving food boxes to people in need in the Cheyenne community.

“We just have families that are struggling, and maybe someone is working but they’re only working part time or working two jobs and they’re trying to make ends meet, and so by having all of the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner, they’ll at least be able to enjoy that during the holidays,” said St. Joseph’s Food Pantry director, Renee Gamino.

Even before 10 a.m., the line for the drive-thru went down Van Lennen Avenue as far as the eye could see. 550 meals is double the amount St. Joseph’s gave out in 2019. Each family got a small, medium or large box filled with a turkey, Thanksgiving sides, dessert and food for the upcoming week.

Gamino said none of it would have been possible without St. Joseph’s volunteers, partners, sponsors and the Cheyenne community. A few of the many community organizations that helped make it all possible include: Day of Giving, Wyoming First Lady Jennie Gordon’s Hunger Initiative, Albertson’s and Spradley Barr’s holiday food drive.

“I’m just blessed, and I’m humbled, and I just appreciate the volunteers that are here today, and the volunteers who help us every week, and then also the community and all of our sponsors,” said Gamino.

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