Casper native returns home to become director of Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies

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EVANSVILLE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Over 70,000 Wyoming residents worry about where their next meal will come from according to the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies. That comes out to about one in six children and one in eight adults.

Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies.

Earlier this month, WFBR hired Tony Woodell as their new director. The Casper native has spent most of his career in Little Rock, Arkansas but is happy to return home.

"I feel like I am really making a difference in the lives of people. Investing in people is what I am all about as an individual. I think the more we can do, the better," Woodell said.

WFBR began 15 years ago in Mills. In July 2018, WFBR bought a new facility in Evansville. The food bank has increased annual food distribution from hundreds of thousands, to millions.

WFBR secures donations, moves the food, and stores and distributes the donations. Their partners then help get the food to those in need.

WFBR partners with food pantries and congregate feeding partners. They also have programs including "Fighting Hunger. Feeding Hope." USDA programs, grocery rescue programs, mobile pantry programs and children’s programs.

WFBR takes a lot of pride in being able to help in all 23 counties across Wyoming.

"Being able to do this statewide and going all the way from Jackson to Hulett, Evanston and Kemmerer, all the way down to Cheyenne and Pine Bluffs. It's remarkable how we're able to do what we're able to do," Woodell said.

WFBR has many volunteer options and all of the money donated stays in the state of Wyoming.