Organizations provide meals for those in need in Cody

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 12:10 AM CST
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CODY, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - It’s been a tough year, for a lot of people. And now that the holidays are here, organizations that have already been contributing to the needy families in Park County are stepping up their game even more.

Ashley Trudo with Cody Regional Health says their facility is hosting Cody’s annual community Thanksgiving dinner this week - but because of the pandemic, it’s going to look a little different than it did in years past.

“We’ll be cooking 500 meals this year, and everyone will come through our third entrance, which is our Monument Entrance C,” Trudo explains. “And we’ll just come right out, bring them their boxed meal with cranberry salad and a dessert.”

The free dinner, which has been offered for well over thirty years here in Cody, will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis from 11:00 to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at West Park Hospital. Trudo clarifies that no donation is required, but they are welcome.

“We’re just asking that people please pick up for someone that you know who needs it, if they can’t get out of the house, if they’re shut in. And pick up one for yourself!”

But there are other organizations in Cody that have been offering free meals to needy families year round - organizations like the Cody Cupboard.

Made up entirely of volunteers, the Cody Cupboard has been providing temporary food assistance to local families since 1987. Dan Schein is the head of the board for the Cody Cupboard - he says the number of families who qualify for assistance from the Cupboard has grown as the year comes to a close.

“It does appear that during the summer, when the weather is warmer, there are just less people that need assistance,” he reports. “But yes, as the weather gets colder we do see the number of people that we serve increase.”

The Cupboard receives monetary donations, which they use to purchase food at wholesale prices through the local Albertson’s grocery store. While this week’s Thanksgiving dinner is open to all, those who utilize the Cody Cupboard have to be referred by other organizations.

“If someone is in need of assistance, what they do is they go to those organizations or to the church, and that organization will call us and schedule an appointment for the person to come in so we can assist them.”

Whether it’s the fifty families per month who are served by the Cody Cupboard, or the 500 people who will be fed this Thanksgiving at West Park Hospital, volunteers in Cody are making sure no one goes hungry this holiday season.

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