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Food for Thought sees 50% increase in 2020

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Published: Jan. 25, 2021 at 5:07 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (PRESS RELEASE) - Wyoming Food for Thought Project is its 8th year of working toward a local solution to hunger.

In 2020 Food for Thought saw a 50% increase in the need for their basic service, the weekend food bags - and over the past 8 years they have grown from serving 170 children to 1200 today.

“While we have always been working to grow to fill the need, seeing the 1,200 food bags we are now providing weekly is more than we could have imagined,” stated Jamie Purcell, co founder and executive director.

As COVID was bearing down on Wyoming, the community rallied and 46,000 meals were delivered to kids in Casper.  After the school shut down and Spring Break ended, Food for Thought resumed their food bags, and worked with school advocates and the Bus Hub to make sure kids continued to receive their weekend food bags.

After a year of extreme growth, they ended the year with a 50% increase in the number of children in Natrona County receiving help.

Additionally, most of their volunteers are in the high risk categories for COVID which means they stayed safe and stayed home - but it also meant being extra creative in the ways they accomplished their mission.

The pandemic put a strain on so many things we all take for granted.

In the past, local food drives, churches, schools, and drop sites helped fill the shelves. But when we were all asked to stay home and stay safe, the standard ways of doing things just weren’t possible anymore. And things haven’t returned to normal.

Gratefully, many donors made significant contributions and helped offset the need to purchase food, and then purchase even more food.

Over the past 12 months 375,000 meals were give to local kids free of charge and no questions asked. The Little Free Pantry located adjacent to the Program Center and Urban Farm has also seen an increase in use.

Additionally, our Food is Free Gardens provided free locally grown organic produce to our neighbors with no questions asked.

With the continued needs of our community still here, we ask you to consider getting involved in whatever ways you can.

Pack food bags on Wednesdays, deliver food bags on Thursdays, hold a food drive, or just donate.

Visit our website for more ways to get involved. www.wyfftp.org

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