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Thanksgiving food distribution in Riverton- 200 boxes handed out amid community effort

Published: Nov. 24, 2020 at 11:57 PM CST
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

The community of Riverton really came together to provide a nice meal for families to prepare in their homes this holiday season.

Vehicles lined up on the streets for two and a half hours even before the giveaway started, and 200 people were given Thanksgiving food boxes in a drive through distribution last Saturday. 970 people will have a warm Thanksgiving meal, due to the collaboration of individuals and nonprofit organizations. Although Key Club facilitates the event, many groups came together to make this event happen. It was mostly planned by Alma Law, the middle school Builder’s Club advisor. He said about the teamwork leading up to the event, “It was a beautiful thing, there were a bunch of moments where I’d stop and say what an amazing community, what a really cool effort and energy coming together for this.”

In past years, meals were cooked and delivered to people, but this year the option to give away boxes of food that people could cook themselves was brainstormed, then fully realized. Law added, “The district was really supportive. JoAnne Flanagan, the superintendent of Fremont County School District 25, she brought me in and said, ok, you probably already thought of this, but catch me up on it, what do we do this year for Thanksgiving? I ran that idea past her, and she said ‘Great! What do you need from us?’ ”

This well oiled machine was a community effort. Law said he was told about how smoothly the distribution went for having so many different people involved. FCSD #25 teachers contributed the turkeys, schools collected food, the Rotary Club donated everything for green bean casserole, Sarah Lucas and Foundations for Nations Church and food pantry played a big role, and the Key Club facilitated the event.

Law noted some of the students involvement in the project, “We had high school students go to the different schools where I had the custodians collect the boxes, and take dozens of boxes at a time in their truck to the food bank.” Others, he added, picked up 200 turkeys from Wal Mart with their trucks.

In the future they hope to continue this style of food distribution as people can prepare their meals as a family, and more people can enjoy the food since it’s not just a single serving option.

Riverton High School senior Isaac Almejo-Ponce has been involved in Key Club throughout his high school career. He helped hand out the food during the distribution held on Saturday, November 21st. Almejo-Ponce mentioned, “I thought it was even better this year, since everything was in bulk, we could serve more people, so one person would pick up a meal for five people once they prepared it. Sometimes it really goes to show that your plan B should really be your plan A.”

Donations that are continuing to roll in will be given to the Foundations for Nations.

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