EVANSVILLE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) One in six children and one in eight adults do not know where their next meal will come from in Wyoming. First Lady Jennie Gordon visited the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies to see how they are helping end food hunger in the state.
“It’s not glamorous work but they’re getting it done. They are making sure that people who are in need are fed. Not only children, but also our seniors and everywhere in between,” Jennie Gordon, First Lady of Wyoming, said.
Gordon launched the Wyoming Hunger Initiative in October. The First Lady wants to bring awareness to hunger in the state and support organizations working to end it.
The Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies new facility was bought in July 2018 and helps them store the food until it is ready to be distributed to their partners.
Distribution has grown from hundreds of thousands, to millions annually. The WFBR has partners in all 23 counties in Wyoming.
Being able to raise awareness about hunger in Wyoming is a step in the right direction for WFBR.
"It's a combination of all of us working together to solve this problem. Raising awareness is huge inside the state of Wyoming. If we can raise the awareness of hunger and food insecurity in the state, we've done a big step in the right direction," Tony Woodell, WFBR director, said.
First Lady Jennie Gordon encourages Wyomingites to call 211 if they are in need and not sure where to go.