First Lady Jennie Gordon surrounded by smiles as she pauses for a photo during National School Breakfast Week, March 2-6. (H/t @firstladywyoming)
Wyoming First Lady Jennie Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative announced Tuesday in statement from the Governor’s Office a partnership with the Wyoming Governor’s Residence Foundation to allocate $40,000 in funding throughout April to anti-hunger nonprofits in all 23 counties across the state in response to increased food insecurities in the wake of COVID-19.
The funds will go directly to feed families in need during this challenging time, the release stated, with a portion also going to the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies to support mobile food pantries, which will visit Campbell County on April 18.
Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies may offer additional matching funds for partner organizations through Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, the release noted, and a second round of funding is planned for May.
“Jennie and I are so grateful for the generous outpouring of support from Wyoming’s citizens for the First Lady’s Initiative,” said Governor Mark Gordon in the release. “When Jennie chose childhood hunger as her cause, we never imagined it would be this critical for our state. Her work has already made a positive impact on the children of Wyoming. Now, during this crisis, this effort is demonstrating how Wyoming people take care of our neighbors in need.”
The Wyoming Hunger Initiative’s efforts are made possible by the support of The Wyoming Governor’s Residence Foundation Board, the generosity of donors including Black Hills Energy, Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., Wyoming Business Alliance, Hughes Family Foundation and numerous donations from private donors across the state, per the release.
“First Lady Jennie Gordon and the Wyoming Hunger Initiative team recognize the uncertainty and concern that exists in our communities regarding recent events,” according to the Wyoming Hunger Initiative’s nohungerwyo.org website.
For more information about the First Lady’s initiative, visit www.nohungerwyo.org.
For local food pantry programs and available resources in Gillette, click here.
The Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies mobile food pantry visits Gillette from 1 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, at the Family Life Church, located at 480 Highway 50.