Morning Show Interview: Cheyenne service clubs host food drive

Published: Aug. 26, 2022 at 8:30 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Janet Lewis spoke with Wyoming News Now on August 26, 2022 about a joint service club food drive happening at four locations across Cheyenne this weekend. The drive will take place Saturday, August 27th from 9 AM-5PM and Sunday, August 28th from 12PM to 5PM.

A press release is listed below with more information.

The Kiwanis, Rotary, Zonta, and Lions Clubs of Cheyenne have all teamed up to sponsor a 2-day food drive Saturday, August 27th from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, August 28th from 12 pm to 5 pm to support 3 local food banks – LCCC Western States Bank Food Pantry, Needs Inc. Food Pantry, and Veteran’s Rock. Collection boxes will be located on both days at Albertsons (Yellowstone Rd.), King Soopers (Dell Range Blvd.), Safeway (S. Greeley Hwy) and Walmart (Livingston Ave.).

In Wyoming, it is estimated that 86,000 residents struggle with food insecurity. In Laramie County alone, approximately 11% of households struggle with food insecurity, with the number increasing to 14% for those households with children. A large proportion of these individuals rely heavily on food banks and donations made possible by the community.

“Food insecurity is a real issue. Our Clubs joined together because fighting hunger especially within our community is an ongoing problem that we are all committed to.” Says Thomas Brantley, Director with The Rotary Club of Cheyenne.

Collections will be taken outside at the front of each grocery store. Item requests vary for each beneficiary but generally include peanut butter, jelly, rice sides, noodles, pasta and sauce, dry cereal, crackers, canned products, dry beans, oatmeal, and other non-perishable food items.

A printed list of needs will be provided at each location so that shoppers interested in donating will know what to shop for.

In lieu of food donations, monetary donations may also be mailed to: Food Drive, P.O. Box 2883, Cheyenne, WY 82003. Checks can be made out to one of the three beneficiaries receiving the collections.