Seven Casper groups fighting food insecurity receive donation from Wyoming Hunger Initiative, Frank’s Butcher Shop

Published: Jun. 29, 2022 at 9:08 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - On the morning of Wednesday June 29, nearly 3,000 pounds of protein were distributed in Casper to help local organizations fight hunger.

As food prices rise across the United States more and more people are seeking help from anti-hunger organizations, the Wyoming Hunger Initiative purchased $50 thousand worth of protein from Frank’s Butcher Shop in Casper to distribute to seven local food distribution organizations.

The WHI works to prevent food insecurity across the state by increasing awareness and supporting local anti-hunger organizations.

“It is a huge help in February we were doing about 35 families per day and now we’re up to around 90 so we’ve seen a huge increase in need,” said Casper Salvation Army Captain Tim Simeroth.

Each organization got to place their orders based on their individual needs. Orders consisted of variations of three options hamburger, chuck steak, and flank steak.

For the groups, the donation means they can save money to put towards other necessities.

“Meat prices the way they are right now, well grocery store prices in general, it means a lot to us to be able to save some money by getting some meat donated to us... The more meals we deliver the more money we spend, and this helps our budget out quite a bit actually,” said Natrona County Meals on Wheels Executive Director Jamie Loveall.

The donation from the initiative highlights a willingness to help those facing challenges.

“This state is very generous and there’s a lot of things like this we get a lot of donations from all over, and I don’t think people get a lot of credit for it, but it really helps the people that need it,” said Holy Cross Center Director Joseph Haack.

The Alcova Baptist Church Food Pantry received 30 lbs. of chuck steaks.

Center Inc. Food Pantry received 100 lbs. of hamburger.

Joshua’s Storehouse received 200 lbs. of hamburger, 170 lbs. of chuck steaks, and 200 lbs. of flank steak.

Natrona County Meals on Wheels received 200 lbs. of hamburger, 210 lbs. of chuck steak, and 200 lbs. of flank steak.

The Salvation Army received 400 lbs. of hamburger and 240 lbs. of ground chuck.

Poverty Resistance received 300 lbs. of hamburger.

Wyoming Rescue Mission received 300 lbs. of hamburger, 240 lbs. of ground chuck, and 160 lbs. of flank steak.

Each organization will use the protein differently, but all of it will be distributed to people facing food insecurity.

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