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Here to Help Foundation of Wyoming helps communities across the state with open-box pantries

Published: Feb. 15, 2021 at 6:10 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Richard Walker was laying in bed when he received the inspiration to start the Here to Help Foundation of Wyoming almost four years ago.

He said, “God woke me up in the middle of the night and told me to build my pantries.” The concept is similar to little free libraries that you see in neighborhoods across the country.

Each open-box pantry is custom built to survive harsh weather conditions and filled with non-perishable food items, hygiene products and baby needs. They can be found across the state of Wyoming, and there are plans to put the first one in New Mexico next week.

The pantries are stocked by the communities doing it themselves, or it has a sponsor to help keep it filled.

“Our pantries create an opportunity for the community to help the community,” said Walker. “It takes the shame away some might feel asking for help.”

Walker said he knows the struggle of how difficult it can be to ask for help, and he’ll lend a helping hand with whatever someone may need. “It can be hard out there, so if I can just help in any way possible, I’m willing to help.”

The Here to Help Foundation of Wyoming also focuses on suicide awareness and prevention with its “Not An Option” campaign and providing hot meals for communities with its “Neighbors Feeding Neighbors” events.

For more information about the Here to Help Foundation of Wyoming, check out its website here.

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