Mobile Pantries provide additional support to individuals facing hunger, including as much fresh food as possible, in communities that are under-served by traditional brick-and-mortar pantries. Areas may be under-served because there are not enough local pantries, the local pantry is too small to store enough food to support the number of people in need, or the pantry lacks enough refrigeration to provide adequate fresh foods.
- Mobile Pantry Program brings food directly to food insecure communities throughout Wyoming. WFBR refrigerated trucks are met by a team of volunteers who help with setup, distribution, and clean up. A typical mobile pantry will distribute about 20,000 pounds of food or 15,156 meals consisting of 10-15 items including protein, canned goods, fresh produce, and dairy.
During FY2016, WFBR provided Mobile Pantries in partnership with our nonprofit partners for families with children attending Title 1 schools in the following cities; Douglas, Evanston, Gillette, Greybull, Laramie, Mills, Rawlins, and Torrington.
- More than 200,000 pounds of food or a total of 151,563 meals were distributed during these events with each family taking home roughly 30 pounds or a total of 23 meals from each distribution.
- WFBR is currently providing a series of Mobile Pantries throughout the state in partnership with local hunger-relief agencies. These counties have high food insecurity rankings: Natrona, Converse, Goshen, Campbell, Johnson, Carbon, Teton, Park, Lincoln, and Sheridan.
Every place WBFR brings a mobile pantry is unique and different. Each community provides the funding, volunteers, and the place to hold the pantry.
- Mobile Pantries have increased from 14 pantries in 2015 to 79 pantries in 2016.