Wyoming Hunger Initiative Distributed $90,000 in May
Written by Andrew-Rossi on June 3, 2020
First Lady Jennie Gordon is working hard to fight food insecurity.
Since the election of Governor Mark Gordon, Jennie Gordon has made hunger and food insecurity her top priority. This led to the formation of the Wyoming Hunger Initiative. While nobody could have anticipated a global pandemic and its profound effects on Wyoming communities, it has put the Initiative’s mission and methods to the test. And the results speak for themselves.
In the month of May, First Lady Gordon allocated $90,000 – $50,000 for grants supporting long term infrastructure and $40,000 for May’s COVID-19 response – to food pantries across the state. These funds were distributed directly to organizations combatting food insecurity in all 23 counties. Amongst the grant recipients are Backpack Blessings of Powell in Park County and the Basin Area Food Bank and Greybull Community Outreach Food Bank in Big Horn County.
Also, in May, additional funding was given to the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies to support their mobile food pantries in Sweetwater, Big Horn, Converse, Park, Platte, and Hot Springs counties. According to First Lady Gordon, these were the areas of greatest need in Wyoming during the May pandemic responses.